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Installation is quick and simple, with just three wires to connect - One wire goes to your house battery's positive terminal, one goes to your starting battery's positive terminal, and the third one goes to chassis ground. Battery clips are included for instant connections; crimp-on ring terminals and mounting screws are also supplied for permanent mounting. Trik-L-Start™ is ideal for permanent installation, since it never needs to be shut off or disconnected. Also, unlike conventional battery chargers, it doesn't require any AC wiring or extension cords in your engine compartment - a definite safety and convenience advantage.
WILL TRIK-L-START™ WORK WITH MY DIESEL (OR GASOLINE) STARTING BATTERIES? Trik-L-Start™ is designed for both diesel and gas engines, and works with either single or multiple starting batteries. Its robust 5 amp maximum output is powerful enough to keep even the largest Cummins/Cat/Detroit Diesel dual-battery bank fully charged, and yet the self-tapering design won't overcharge the single "downsized" starting battery used with some gas engines.
HOW IS TRIK-L-START™ CONNECTED? Trik-L-Start™ has just three wires to connect - the Yellow wire connects to the positive terminal on one of your house batteries, the Blue wire connects to the positive terminal on (one of) your starting battery(s), and the Black wire connects to chassis ground. Battery clips are supplied for hooking up your Trik-L-Start™ with quick, temporary connections, although most owners eventually connect it permanently with the crimp-type ring terminals that are supplied with each unit. Illustrated instructions for both temporary and permanent installation are also included.
MY HOUSE AND STARTING BATTERIES ARE LOCATED A LONG DISTANCE APART FROM EACH OTHER. HOW DO I CONNECT THEM TO TRIK-L-START™?You can easily connectTrik-L-Start™ at your battery isolator relay or switch, thereby eliminating the need to route long wires to each battery bank. This is also a convenient place to permanently mount the Trik-L-Start™ unit, using the included quick-crimp ring terminals and mounting screws. The installation instructions describe how to locate your isolator relay or switch, how to identify each wire connected to it, and how to connect Trik-L-Start™ to it.
DOES TRIK-L-START™ EVER NEED TO BE TURNED OFF OR DISCONNECTED? No, most owners leave Trik-L-Start™ connected all the time. Unlike some AC-powered chargers, Trik-L-Start™ causes no significant drain on your batteries when it's not charging, thereby avoiding the need to disconnect it. Also, Trik-L-Start™ does not interfere with the normal operation of your alternator while your engine is running. A built-in Schottky blocking diode prevents starting battery discharge whenever you're drawing house battery power. Thus, your engine always has full cranking power, even if your house batteries are completely discharged.
WILL TRIK-L-START™ OVERCHARGE MY BATTERIES? No. Trik-L-Start™ maintains your starting battery(s) at approximately 0.2 volts below your house battery voltage. This is considered to be the ideal setting for starting batteries, and virtually eliminates water loss and gassing. Maintained in this manner, your starting battery(s) will last for many years.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ENGINE IS RUNNING? Trik-L-Start™ is effectively disconnected from both sets of batteries whenever the engine is running, and will not affect your alternator's normal operation.
I HAVE SOLAR PANELS CONNECTED TO MY HOUSE BATTERIES, BUT THEY DON'T KEEP MY STARTING BATTERY(S) CHARGED. WILL TRIK-L-START™ FIX THIS? Yes, Trik-L-Start™ will divert part of the current produced by your solar panels to keep your starting battery(s) charged. This makes Trik-L-Start™ perfect for long-term storage applications in areas where shore power isn't available.
I'M PLUGGED INTO SHORE POWER MOST OF THE TIME, IN ORDER TO KEEP MY HOUSE BATTERIES CHARGED. WILL TRIK-L-START™ STILL WORK THIS WAY?Absolutely! As long as something is supplying a charge to your house batteries (regardless of whether it happens to be your DC converter, an AC inverter with built-in battery charger, a set of solar panels, or even a wind charger), Trik-L-Start™ will divert some of that current to keep your starting battery(s) charged.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRIK-L-START™ AND OTHER DUAL-BATTERY MAINTENANCE CHARGERS ON THE MARKET? Most other dual-battery maintenance chargers are designed primarily for use with a specific brand and/or model of house battery charger or AC inverter. Most of these products rely on the charger or inverter to set proper recharge levels. Consequently, they only work when AC power is available, and they don't work with solar panels or other charging sources. However, Trik-L-Start™ works with ANY power source. The other significant difference is that Trik-L-Start™ costs about half the price of most other products.
I USE 6-VOLT GOLF CART BATTERIES FOR MY HOUSE BATTERY BANK. CAN TRIK-L-START™ STILL BE USED WITH THIS CONFIGURATION? Yes, since these batteries are used in series-connected pairs to obtain 12 volts, they work no differently with Trik-L-Start™ than ordinary 12-volt batteries.