[QUOTE=Rain Wizard;164942]While this is all related to boats, I’m going to make a point by saying cars have starting batteries, that also, as said by someone else, stabilize the current to run all the electronics in the vehicle.
While it would be best to use a deep cycle battery, if you’re planning to run down the battery regularly and then recharge, a starting battery, while constantly being supplied with power from, in a boats case a constavolt, can be used to run electronics as it isn’t allowed a chance to lose charge and is, as once again said before, used to stabilize the current.[/QUOTE]
Cars use chassis. A 300ft supply boat is not a car. A constavolt is a battery charger, which charges the starting batteries so they can recharge after being used for starting. 120vac going in, and 12 or 24vdc going out. It can be used for any battery such as batteries for electronics, and not just starting batteries. If u walked up to it and turned it off with the engine running. Nothing would happen. At all. A constavolt which is for starting batteries supplies power to the starting batteries which are connected to nothing when the engine is running, which is why they do nothing but store the charge that is being supplied to them.
[QUOTE=tugsailor;164948]I’m not an engineer, but this tugboat has two electric start mechanical Cummins 5.9 liter 1800 rpm generators (with no ECMs). The starting batteries (two 8Ds for each engine) also power the electric fuel shutdown solenoids on the injection pumps. If power from the batteries or Constavolt is lost to the injection pump solenoid, the generator immediately shuts down. This type of set up is quite common.
Only a fool would disconnect the “starting” batteries on a running generator without knowing for certain how that might effect the operation of the generator.[/QUOTE]
I’m talking a large supply boat, not a tug. I think you should go re examine these “starting” batteries. You might be surprised. New high tech engines with high tech control systems on a LARGE boat. It is bad practice I admit, but not for the reasons that were stated. As I stated a million times over, in this application, there was no way something like that could have been mixed up. Even from prior experience and the guy hadn’t worked in the engine department that long. I had been on the vessel where he got all his e/r time and there was definitely no set up that might make someone think that.
If that is true about your setup, than I am sorry for you. I have never seen anything like that and it sounds like a safety issue to me. So are you saying that the battery is not able to supply power at all if the constavolt that charges it looses power? That sounds a little scary and like you might need a new battery. Or is it able to supply power for a limited amount of time, and you hope you can figure out the constavolt lost is 120v power in time?
As I stated earlier, that was just one example.