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Tip #2 Design your own Cable scheme

Making your own cabling is critical a pain in the asz.

You won't be accomplishing this with a pair of scissors, so break out your sharpest blade, grinder, or precision cutoff saw; and after having chopped the connectors specified in Tip #1, clean off both ends, carry the wire to the battery bank, and get a measurement leaving a slight allowance for movement on the parallel connections (none for the series connections).

Be careful while assessing your cut.
It's true, 12v electricity is eons safer than the grid electricity, however handling batteries unsafely can hurt or kill you.
Onward!

One cut for your SERIES connection and one for your PARALLEL.

A.) When cutting for series connections, make the cables as short and direct as possible. These connections are clear from the service cell caps, having play in the series connection would be of no good use, that I can think of. These particular series connections require no allowance for play.

B.) When cutting for parallel connections, make the cables go from the first connector, T H R O U G H to the farthest battery connector that your cable will reach. Less cuts equates to less energy loss and minimizes other potentially detrimental variables. Seen below are cables that extend from first terminal to the third terminal (WITHOUT A CUT). In other words the cable is continuous through the second terminal.
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The argument for custom-cut cables isn't just an argument for safety's sake, or that it looks neater, or that the result are a more-efficient battery bank, but also you are gaining the least cost per lifetime by making your own cables.
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In our economically controlled societies, the pre-manufactured crappy cables are all cut one-size-fits-all (basically), which leads to critical problems. Anyone having to check the specific gravity of each cell in each battery, or adding distilled water or sulfuric acid to each cell in each battery, has encountered the tangled web the corporate crap creates. Cables are strewn seemingly everywhere no matter how well you try to loom them. The mess of cables causes confusion, is a proponent of potential accidents, causes phantom energy loss due to unnecessary length/distance, and simply looks bad.

Now notice the nice, neat, predictable cables you see in the photos shown below.
* DISREGARD the DUST (I call it oil-sop)
Aside from the evident fact that I don't generally bother dusting the batteries ever (as opposed to the uncensored Internet typically depicting batteries that are shiny and probably just for show, financed by the very entity seeking to gain advantage), more importantly notice that there isn't any acid build-up around the posts and connectors. It is patently impossible to clean the posts without disturbing the dust around the posts...so that's the excuse, i'm just waiting for the day when I have to clean the posts!

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Cutting tailored cable lengths allowed for reduced costs in cabling, less phantom energy loss, and a safer/more predictable workspace.

Direct cable connection from one terminal to the next allows for quicker transference of power with least amount of heat loss (resistance due to excess cable length), and overshadows the problems caused by excess cable, whether it be at the battery bank or the distance from the battery bank to the end-user device, hub, or appliance.

So if the common marketplace only offers one size in battery cable thickness, and only one or two lengths, cutting it all down for tailored cuts meant nothing gets wasted. If the next generation want thicker cables, let them finance it, these cables are getting recycled as-is ';-)).




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