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Stereo Speaker In Battery Compartment?


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06-06-02, 01:16 PM   #1  
Stereo Speaker In Battery Compartment?

I just added a new stereo and two more 150w speakers to my pontoon boat.
I installed one of the new speakers in the side of a deep cycle battery compartment. (There was just enough room, and it is right where I needed one.)
As long as I don't play the stereo when I'm charging the battery with the acid plate plastic covers off, it should be perfectly safe, right?
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06-07-02, 05:59 AM   #2  
Hi there,
I dont think you have created an explosive situation, no.
I agree with your charging scenario.
I am worried about the health of your speaker.
Can you install any kind of backing for it, a small box?
It will protect it from the acids and if slightly vented will add to
the Bass. (thats tone, it wont help you catch fish.. lol)
Scott

 
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06-07-02, 06:50 AM   #3  
Hey, Scott!
Thanks for your reply.
Yes, I duct-taped a plastic cover with two open sides over the back of the speaker to protect it from battery splash.
The compartment is vented, also.
All should be O.K. No problems so far. Just wanted to double-check myself. I never know. LOL
Thanks.
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06-08-02, 02:21 PM   #4  
Scott,
Another question.
This new stereo was beginning to pop off and on intermittently like someone throwing a switch once in a while (just for a second at a time). The old one wasn't doing this.
I removed the crank and deep cycle batteries, and had them tested today. The deep cycle was a goner and I had to replace it (went with a more powerful one), and had the crank battery charged to the max.
Cleaned all of the battery contacts good when I reinstalled them. Everything looks o.k.
However, the pop on-off is still happening, although not nearly as often. I thought that it was caused by the old batteries, but now I think that it might be the switch.
Could the marine battery switch (red plastic with Off-1-All-2 on it) that I installed over 7 years ago be taken apart? contacts cleaned? adjusted?
Or do I just have to replace it?
I checked the back of it, and there doesn't seem to be any corrosion at all. Would this switch wear out that quickly?
Thanks for any insight.
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06-09-02, 04:39 AM   #5  
Hi, If the main switch was bad the ignition system
would be experiencing the same cut out.
That is a very large sealed contact, probably not your
problem
If it is cutting on and off, and you are losing the
illumination and not the presets.
Its most likely a bad fuse holdeer that was was supplied
with the stereo. We have seen a lot of them with
excess plastic not allowing a good contact.
The unit should have two power lines. One for memory
and one for switched power, Its going to be the
latter. Scott

 
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06-09-02, 04:54 AM   #6  
Thanks!
I'll check those in-line fuse contacts.
I didn't even think of those as the possible problem.
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06-11-02, 07:27 PM   #7  
Scott,
You're a genius, son!
A new fuse contact on the power switch side was the problem (minor contact corrosion...possibly from a warehouse with too high humidity).
I would have never thought of a new contact, but THAT was the problem, as you suggested.
My wife is happy, and our old German Shepherd (who loves to ride on the boat) is happy, so I'm happy. LOL
Thanks again, buddy!
Mike
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06-12-02, 09:50 PM   #8  
I am always happy to help.
Standing By... scott

 
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