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12-Volt Bible For Boats 2/E - Miner Brotherton

Paperback Published: 21st October 2002
ISBN: 9780071392334
Number Of Pages: 208

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"The 12-Volt Bible for Boats "is a clear, nonthreatening introduction to the 12-volt electrical systems used on small boats to power everything from reading lights to bilge pumps. This second edition is thoroughly updated with respect to modern batteries, breaker and panel design, alternative energy sources, and troubleshooting equipment, but it retains the fundamental simplicity that is the source of its enduring popularity (more than 100,000 copies sold).

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"It's the best value and has stood the test of time" - Offshore "A gentle journey through the complexities of electrical circuitry" - Small Boat Journal

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Well written in a logical order for those who find 'electrickery' on boats a mystery.

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Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xi
Introduction to the First Editionp. xiii
Basic Theory of Electricity A Primerp. 1
A Few Words of Cautionp. 1
The Atom and Its Electronsp. 3
The Atom
Molecules and Bonding
Ions and Electrons
Terms Definedp. 6
Coulomb's Law
Voltage, Potential Difference, and EMF
Electricity Is Not Water, But ...p. 13
Ohm's Lawp. 14
IR Drops and I[superscript 2]R Heatp. 15
Electric Circuits Parts of the Systemp. 17
Circuit Componentsp. 17
Series Circuitsp. 23
Parallel Circuitsp. 26
The Battery Heart of the Systemp. 30
Primary and Secondary Cellsp. 30
Purpose and Function of the Storage Batteryp. 32
What Happens When Dischargingp. 35
What Happens When Chargingp. 37
Electrolyte and Hydrometersp. 38
Preventing Freezing
Using a Hydrometer
Determining Specific Gravity on Sealed Batteries
Load Testing Batteriesp. 44
Storage Battery Constructionp. 45
Differentiating among Batteriesp. 45
Anatomy of a Battery
Six-Volt Batteries
Newer Battery Types
Battery Banksp. 55
Selecting a Batteryp. 57
Battery Maintenance and Toolsp. 58
The Wiring Electrical Veins and Arteriesp. 61
Proper Sizep. 62
Wire Length
Insulationp. 68
Identification Codesp. 68
Terminalsp. 70
Installationp. 75
A Lesson in Solderingp. 76
The Controls Brains of the Systemp. 80
The Control Panelp. 80
Where to Put It?
Replacement Alternatives
Switchesp. 84
Master Switchp. 85
Fusesp. 87
Circuit Breakersp. 90
Relaysp. 92
Panel Metersp. 93
Transducers Things That Do the Workp. 95
What Do You Need?p. 95
Lightsp. 97
Navigation Lights
Interior Lights
Exterior Lights
Motorsp. 101
Motor Maintenance
Starter Motors
Refrigerator Motors
Bilge Pumps
Electronicsp. 108
Power Consumption
Recharging the Batteryp. 114
Multiple Battery Isolatorsp. 114
Alternators and Generatorsp. 117
The Regulatorp. 120
Making Adjustments
Checking Charging Voltage
Regulator Settings
Recharge Rates
AC Shore Power and Solid-State Chargersp. 125
Proper AC Converter/Chargers
Danger: Shock and Galvanic Corrosion
Maintaining Proper Polarity
Solar Cellsp. 139
Wind Chargersp. 143
Water Chargersp. 146
DC-to-AC Invertersp. 148
Troubleshooting the Systemp. 154
Troubleshooting Principlesp. 154
Troubleshooting Instrument: The Multifunction Meterp. 156
Reading Ohms
Reading DC Volts
Reading AC Volts
Reading DC Amps
Troubleshooting Instrument: Test Lightsp. 163
A Continuity Tester
Make Your Own
Buying or Making Test Lights
Locating Faultsp. 165
Light Won't Work
Moisture-Related Problems
Engine Won't Start
Bilge Pump Problem
Blinking Masthead Light
Noodling Out a Solutionp. 167
Make a Picture
Follow a System
Tickling the Field
Simple Problems with Varying Degrees of Complexity
Leaks and Their Detectionp. 178
Parting Word: Some Thoughts on Maintenancep. 182
Your Boat's Electrical Toolboxp. 186
Spare Parts and Junkp. 187
Resourcesp. 188
Contact Informationp. 188
Installation Recordsp. 189
Indexp. 190
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ISBN: 9780071392334
ISBN-10: 0071392335
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 21st October 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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