Duel Battery ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bob, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    My Duramax has duel batteries. My question is, when starting do both batteries assist in starting or does one battery assist the other? I know if you stack batteries the voltage also stacks. Whats going on under my hood?
  2. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a dodge-commins combo and it has two of the biggest battteries that I have seen in a pickup. I think the batteries assist each other, because the beasts are hard to get going when it is cold out. Also right after it starts and it is real cold, the grid heaters kick on and this will send the amp meter down for a couple seconds. I imagine they need two to do the other work batteries do also.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,426

    Two batteries are wired in series so the amperage increases during the start period. Some Ford and GM gas ttrucks also used this system. In larger diesels, they are wired in parrallel so the voltage is increased to 24 rather than 12.
  4. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think you might have the two backwards. Hooking batteries up in parallel (+ to +, - to -) will keep the same voltage, but double the reserve capacity.
  5. greendave

    greendave LawnSite Member
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    GLS has it right. Parallel = same voltage, more cranking amperage. Series = higher voltage, same cranking amperage
    It takes a lot of power to crank over a high comression (diesel) engine. Don't worry, within the next few years we will start seeing 42 volt cars and trucks on the road. All the electronics and electrical accessories on modern vehicles has outpaced the 12 volt system. That's why we went from 6 volt to 12 volt systems in the '50s.......

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