- June 1, 2017 at 19:47 #16327TRGParticipant
I’ve been planning on getting the Xantrex LinkLITE for a while now, so I was happy to see your recent review of it. One question – can I run the wire for the Xantrex from a common bus bar that the batteries run to, or do I have to run them directly from the batteries. I can’t see how it would make a difference.
- June 7, 2017 at 05:41 #16471Mello MikeKeymaster
You will need to run your wires directly to your batteries. The negative side will actually wire to your batteries via a shunt. All of the monitor’s readings are taken across this shunt. Hope this answers your question.
- June 17, 2017 at 16:14 #16646TRGParticipant
Thanks for the reply, Mike. I actually called Xantrex after posting this and they said no problem placing the wires to a bus since it is electrically the same.
Also, a couple of things I noticed in your article – you said you used 2 – 15 amp fuses, but the instructions actually call for 1 amp slow blow fuses, and these are the ones included in the $100 installation kit.
I would also use a piece of Cat 5 instead of just twisting regular wire. I think the twists on these wires are critical to performance, and I’m afraid that type of wire is going to affect the accuracy or performance of your device.
Just my 2 cents…
Thanks for the great site! I’ve used a LOT of your mod information to upgrade my travel trailer!
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- July 8, 2017 at 05:18 #16867Mello MikeKeymaster
I guess I didn’t understand your question about the bus bar. I thought you were referring to the main bus bar in your fuse panel. The twisted pair I made is actually a pretty common trick for this device. Lots of RV’ers have done it and it works great. I’ve done this twice now for the various RV’s I’ve owned. The point of presenting it in my article is that it’s a viable option for those with limited funds. Not everyone knows about it.
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