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Old 02-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Is it possible to check the two house batteries in our 2010 RoadTrek/Chevrolet 190 Popular with a Digital MultiMeter?

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Is it possible to check the two house batteries in our 2010 RoadTrek/Chevrolet 190 Popular with a Digital MultiMeter?

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That depends on what you want to check. Voltage yes, amperage no, state of charge sort of (based on voltage).
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The 2 house batteries are connected in series, how do you check for the voltage?

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Photo of the 2 house batteries:

http://i879.photobucket.com/albums/ab35 ... rator2.jpg

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Set the multi-meter to measure DC volts.
Touch and hold the test leads on the metal pads that are hidden behind the Neg and Pos terminals as highlighted in the photo. Red test lead to metal pad near red terminal, Black test lead to metal pad near black terminal.
Voltage will display on the multi-meter.
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Just a quick note for anyone who doesn't understand this.
Ron has two 6 volt batteries connected in series to make 12 volts.

If you have two 12 volt batteries they would be connected together in parallel to remain at 12 volts.
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If I am correct the 2 house batteries are 12 volts each: two lead acid 12V deep cycle, 190 total amp-hrs.

I may have been incorrect when I said they were connected in series, they must be connected in parallel.

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They are connected in series Ron. Pos to Neg. Two 6 volt batteries. The 3 cell caps also confirm it. Each cell is approx 2 volts. Totals 12 volts.

Parallel would be pos to pos and neg to neg (two wires needed). With parallel connections the voltage remains the same but the amp hours are added together.

Series is pos to neg (only one wire needed). With series connections the amp hours remain same but the voltage is added together.
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Mark, you are correct just checked they are the Exide E3600, Golf Cart Electric Vehicle batteries.

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Mark, I have learned something, never to old to learn, appreciate the explanation.

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