Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Interior lights dim or fail

This is one in a series of A Guide to Narrow Boat Problems.

Interior lights dim or fail

Batteries failing.
Check battery charge levels with volt meter. Replace failing batteries asap and dispose of old batteries safely.
Install permanent battery level indicator and check regularly. See blog entry on battery condition monitor. Always switch between starter battery and consumer batteries, charging both together but using starter battery only for starting the engine.
Battery switch, using 1, 2 or both

Identify any appliance consuming significant battery power and use sparingly. Avoid toasters! switch off fridge at night.  Consider a wind or solar generator to top up regular running of the engine under load.
Battery condition monitor by ASAP

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