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Battery Cut Off – Grinder and Switch Wiring
A battery cut-off is designed to cut off electrical power in a piece of equipment. It is also used to protect equipment against theft or electrical fire when it is not in use. Most people will buy and install battery cut-off for safety or as an anti-theft precaution.
Installing a battery cut-off in your equipment ensures you have a reliable way of shutting down the electrical power and protecting excessive drain. A drain may happen when the ignition is switched off but the electronics within a vehicle are still functioning.
Below, we further discuss battery cut-off switches and how they are important. We look at a battery cut-off switch for grinders and boats. We also discuss the battery cut-off switch wiring. Here we go.
Battery Cut Off Grinder
A grinder is a hand-held battery-operated tool that is used in a wide range of industries. A grinder can grind metal, rout out mortar, and, polish, cut tile, pavers, and stucco. Grinders are powered by rechargeable and interchangeable batteries. You can get cordless or corded grinders. When using a grinder, the choice of battery is important. Let’s look at some battery choices you might pick for your grinder depending on your needs;
Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries are entry-level batteries with a long life cycle and are less expensive. The batteries are heavier and have a lower capacity than other batteries.
Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) offers increased capacity than NiCd. The downside is that they are more sensitive to temperature that can be an issue when used in grinders.
Lithium-ion batteries are lightweight and have the highest output capacity. They are the best choice for grinders as they are efficient in performance and durable.
When your grinder is powered by a good and reliable battery, having a battery cut off can be a bonus. The battery cut-off will provide your grinder with durability, speed, and ease of use when you are using it. For example, the M18 Cordless 4 – ? cut-off/ Grinder has a 4-pole motor that gives you maximum power when you are cutting or grinding. It also has a user-preferred paddle switch that ensures you have comfort and ease of use when operating it in various positions. Additionally, the L-shape intake vents of the grinder protect the tool from harm. Other brands like DEWALT offer cut-off grinders that have a convenient trigger switch with lock-off buttons for easier gripping.
Battery Cut Off Switch Wiring
When you have a battery cut-off switch you help prevent battery drain during inactive times hence preventing the probability of having a dead battery due to power drain. A battery cut-off switch will enable you to kill a car's power while the ignition is off. It also helps protect against theft and electrical fires when a car or equipment is not in use. The NHRA’s general regulations require that a battery cut-off switch is mandatory when a battery is relocated or as online in-class requirements. It also states that an electrical power cut-off switch has to be installed on the rearmost part of a car to be easily accessible from the outside of the car.
A battery cut-off switch has to be connected to the positive side of an electrical system of a car. The switch has to stop all electrical functions of the car including the magneto ignition. Let’s look at the steps to take when wiring and installing a battery cut off;
First, follow your vehicle's manufacturer's instructions on how to disconnect the negative battery cable. Do this to avoid the possibility of an electrical short circuit.
Disconnect the positive terminal.
Remove the battery clamp from the positive lead. You can keep it safe in case you may want to remove the cut-off switch later.
Clean all your battery terminals and check the fluid levels in your battery.
Attach the battery cut-off switch. Start with the negative terminal first followed by the positive terminal.
Follow the instructions that come with the cut-off switch on how to reattach the positive lead to the switch. Tighten it.
Make sure the cut-off switch is turned off. Do so by starting your vehicle.
Switch off the car and engage the cut-off switch if everything is working as expected. Take note not to restart your vehicle when the cut-off switch is engaged as it will blow up the fuse.
Battery Cut Off for Boat
Boat batteries are required to have enough battery power to run all the battery-powered items on board. It ensures you get to enjoy your time out on the water without having to worry about experiencing a dead battery in the middle of the ocean or lake. When you have a battery cut off for your boat you are way safer when out on the water.
Marine battery switches are vital as they can be used to switch between batteries without you having to reconnect wires every time you drain your battery. a boat battery switch will help preserve the battery life while you are out fishing or sailing. Moreover, these switches help boat owners prevent battery drain during periods of inactivity. They also enable the battery to remain charged out on the water as you will find multiple systems within the boat are running off the battery at once. When choosing the right battery switch for your boat, first consider the number of batteries and engines you have.
There is a wide range of different types of boat battery cut off. For example, one of the popular brands of marine battery cut-off switches in the market is the Perko Medium Battery Selector Switch with Key Lock. This battery cut-off allows a boat owner to ensure no one uses the boat without their knowledge as it has a key lock. The Sierra Battery Disconnect Switch is also a go-to brand for boat owners looking for a way to cut power to the boat's electrical system. The battery cut-off is practical and efficient as all one has to do is simply flip off the switch to shut down all battery power to the boat’s equipment.