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Wiring help

Postby vitya-velik » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:58 pm

I have hooked up 2 led lights and a fan to the 12v battery through the circuit breaker and ground block. However I can't get them to work. Am I doing something wrong? ImageImage

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Re: Wiring help

Postby Padilen » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:01 pm

Is battery charged?


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Re: Wiring help

Postby 2leadfeet » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:43 pm

The first thing I would try is connecting each item to the battery direct. Then add the ground block back in while still hooking an item directly to the battery. Then add the breaker back.

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Re: Wiring help

Postby Redneck Teepee » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:11 pm

Some LED's are polarity sensitive.... will not light if hooked up incorrectly, usually the longer lead is positive.
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Re: Wiring help

Postby vitya-velik » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:25 am

Padilen wrote:Is battery charged?


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Yes I checked. It's brand new. 13.2 volts

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Re: Wiring help

Postby vitya-velik » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:29 am

Redneck Teepee wrote:Some LED's are polarity sensitive.... will not light if hooked up incorrectly, usually the longer lead is positive.

I had black and red wires coming out of the LED lamp so I connected them to the black and red wires coming from the ground and fuse block.

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Re: Wiring help

Postby Padilen » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:33 am

vitya-velik wrote:
Padilen wrote:Is battery charged?


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Yes I checked. It's brand new. 13.2 volts

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Good that's step one!
Now as already stated remove everything, test each item- directly with the battery. Then start reassembly.
Good luck


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Re: Wiring help

Postby Dale M. » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:31 am

Only problem with picture is does not show us anything other you have a battery and some wire and a fuse block and ground block picture is not up close and personal enough to see details....... And I have to wonder if you have ground block wired correctly from what I can see.... Does construction of ground block have one side where wire from battery is connected serve all the ground positions... I know fuse block is "one supply" serves all fuses (because I recognize its design) , but can not see details of ground block...

Also there is a terminology thing here, what you are referring to as circuit breaker is actual called a "fuse panel" or "fuse block" ... But actually serve same function...

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Re: Wiring help

Postby vitya-velik » Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:58 pm

Dale M. wrote:Only problem with picture is does not show us anything other you have a battery and some wire and a fuse block and ground block picture is not up close and personal enough to see details....... And I have to wonder if you have ground block wired correctly from what I can see.... Does construction of ground block have one side where wire from battery is connected serve all the ground positions... I know fuse block is "one supply" serves all fuses (because I recognize its design) , but can not see details of ground block...

Also there is a terminology thing here, what you are referring to as circuit breaker is actual called a "fuse panel" or "fuse block" ... But actually serve same function...

Dale

So I found out that I was hooking it up the wrong way at the ground block. I thought it was just one big metal plate but it's 8 individual ones so does that mean I have to hook up a wire from the battery everytime I hook up another light? Image Image

The close up pic is the correct way.

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Re: Wiring help

Postby vitya-velik » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:01 pm

Padilen wrote:
vitya-velik wrote:
Padilen wrote:Is battery charged?


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Yes I checked. It's brand new. 13.2 volts

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Good that's step one!
Now as already stated remove everything, test each item- directly with the battery. Then start reassembly.
Good luck


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So I found out that I was hooking it up the wrong way at the ground block. I thought it was just one big metal plate but it's 8 individual ones so does that mean I have to hook up a wire from the battery everytime I hook up another light? ImageImage
The close up is the correct way


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Re: Wiring help

Postby H.A. » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:57 pm

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Re: Wiring help

Postby Padilen » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:20 pm

Glad you got it figured out. Your " correct " pic is really the only one that is detailed enough for me to see what I'm looking at. I only have a cell phone.


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Re: Wiring help

Postby Dale M. » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:00 pm

For grounds, just strap all one side common with loops from one terminal to another or run down to local big box store and get a "ground strip"....

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Personally I would just strap the one you have...

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Re: Wiring help

Postby m.colley » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:57 pm

Dale M. wrote:For grounds, just strap all one side common with loops from one terminal to another or run down to local big box store and get a "ground strip"....

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Personally I would just strap the one you have...

or

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I did as Dale suggested and bought the Ground strip, it made running all my grounds to a common point as easy as you can get. A single wire from the negative side of the battery to the ground strip and it was done.

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Re: Wiring help

Postby bobhenry » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:12 am

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Hard to see but input is at the top and I had to daisy chain the feeds.
output is at the bottom and the ground strap is a respectable distance away.
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