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#1 HUBBA.HUBBA

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 02:39 PM

I was thinking of getting a small 12v battery for things like timing light and testing. What do people use?

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 04:02 PM

Old 12v mini battery



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Posted 11 July 2019 - 05:32 PM

I don't use a separate one - what do you think the advantage would be?



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Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:37 PM

Only useful if you can’t access a 12v supply on the front of the car. Not an issue on most Minis.

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:39 AM

Whilst it's not impossible to get to my battery, it is a bit awkward to get the clips on as it's in the wing.
I've ended up buying a small 12v 7amp battery from screwfix.
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:42 AM

Only useful if you can’t access a 12v supply on the front of the car. Not an issue on most Minis.


Like off the starter supply?

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:47 PM

Starter solenoid.

I think in your position I would install a heavy duty power point in the engine bay that could be used for this and to connect jump pleads should the need arise.



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 03:03 PM

Something like this:

http://www.vehicle-w...bution-post-red



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 03:40 PM

I really like that idea



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 03:41 PM

these look good

 

https://www.12voltpl...t-kit-350a.html



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 03:53 PM

Yes, they'd work. 

Being through panel may give you more options with how you run the power to them, but could also give you headaches with ensuring they're insulated on the other side.



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:27 PM

I've ordered them now. While I'm waiting for them to arrive, just wondered if you have to connect direct to the battery or if I could connect + to the starter and the - to the body. I would like to use them to jump start the car as well.

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:19 PM

Earth one out body or engine. And the live one onto the starter solenoid live feed.

Then you have short runs and power where you want at the front. Could also be used to power a winch.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 06:23 PM

Earth one out body or engine. And the live one onto the starter solenoid live feed.

Then you have short runs and power where you want at the front. Could also be used to power a winch.

You're a mind reader, I fancy a little winch on the front. The earth one - direct onto the chassis frame?

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 08:14 PM

Earth one out body or engine. And the live one onto the starter solenoid live feed.

Then you have short runs and power where you want at the front. Could also be used to power a winch.

You're a mind reader, I fancy a little winch on the front. The earth one - direct onto the chassis frame?
Makes little difference but using the existing engine earth strap position has some merit.




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