Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by Ryan, Feb 7, 2012.
got a shurflo 100psi 5.2lpm pump
what the best battery to run it with
any good links ?
Leisure battery, 80amp ish I think. Also, get a split charge relay installed, costs like £15 and you never have to charge the battery again
80amp leisure batt aye
******** to that! (unless its a trolley system?). I spent my 1st year using a leasure battery, having to lug it into the house from the van every ***ht to charge it up, which was a monumental pain in the ass! (well, arm and shoulders really!), and it isnt necessary. My pump is wired straight to my van battery, although my pump controller is of the type i can also use a leasure battery, keeping it charged off the van battery if needed. I have one street where i am parked up for 3-3.5 hours cleaning windows and have never had any problems starting afterwards. So unless it is convenient for you, i.e., you have a driveway, so dont have to remove it to charge it, just miss out the leasure battery. If you have a pump controller, and your van battery isnt knackered, you dont need it!.
i have used all 3 options
1 leisure battery lasted about 12 months before knackered, pain taking in to charge
2 running of van battery, best thing i did wish i still had it,
3 split relay to battery, had this for a month blown 2 split relays already and the garage cant work out why
go with option 2
If i was to run it off the car battery how did u connect it all up ?
justa earth at the back and the live going to the battery ? that simple lol
i just plug in to cig lighter, running cables from pump
Well that's one option, mine, as said, is wired to my van battery. The wiring came with the pump controller which i got from cleaning spot, although weirdly, the wires that were supposed to go to the van battery were only about 5' long, so i used the wires supposed to be for connecting up a leasure battery, they were about 20' long!. Wiring it up was easy though and to get the wire to the back i just fed the wire through into the inner wing to the door aperture, over the top of the door seal through into the back to the pump controller.
Unless you are gonna spend a fair bit on a decent Leisure Battery (and I mean over the £200 mark) then stick with running it off of your Van battery with a voltage sensitive relay to boost the charge into your battery. Most so called Leisure Batteries are made to last a season of camping and therefore are the same make up of a standard car battery. The problem with them is they probably only have a cyclic count of about 150-200 which is why you would be better spending the money on a juicy van battery.
My advice is to go for a Varta Silver Car Battery for your van and then getting a sparky to wire in your system via a relay which will cut the power to your pump when it gets below something like 12.4v
Never had a problem with my leisure batteries
Here's what I use: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Deep-Cycle-Battery-AGM-95AH-850CCA-Leisure-Battery-/250929082289?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_BoatEquipment_Accessories_SM&hash=item3a6c89efb1