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Mark Heisler

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Posted: 01/26/13 07:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

make one
heavey wire
yellow wire spades
red and black elec tape
replacement battery charger clamps(black and red)
I had one for my honda gen the factory one it worked.you are better to buy a small but good battery charger works way better.

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Oh well thats a different story !

Get after it,.....have the fun !


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Like others said, you'll be fighting the low amperage output of the 12v charging port on the Honda Genny. Yes, it will work but will be slow. Much better to use an external "real" battery charger connected to your Honda or even the charger/converting in your RV; both are better than the 12v outlet on the genny.


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Thanks... Good to know.
I am new to RVing.
Just bought my first RV less than a year ago.

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I made one just take a 2 wire plug and a needle nose pliers and twist. Mine works just great. Seconds on the battery charger. It'll work better than the Honda

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I have the same gen, like so many have already said get a good battery charger and use that!

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Posted: 01/26/13 09:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Or, you can plug your shore power cord into the Honda.





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From any honda dealer.

However save yourself grief, Don't bother, that 12 volt outlet is not much good for anything, Not enough current to reasonably charge a battery, No filtering or regulation, it is good for a 12 volt lamp and that is about all.


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Posted: 01/26/13 09:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is a better photo for my 2KW Honda EU2000i generator


sample photo from GOOGLE images

As noted above this output is only 12.0VDC and at 8AMPs.

This will not re-charge your battery in a timely manner... Would probably take about three days or more to re-charge to 90% charge state. You might think the battery is getting charged in a couple of hours but when you try to use the battery it will deplete itself rather quick. Your 12AMPS will take a little shorter time but not much.

The best approach is to purchase a smart mode technology battery charger like the Black and Decker VEC1093DBD 40AMP portable unit and run it from the 120VAC receptacle of the generator front panel. This will re-charge your battery in about three hours generator run time. I use this large of a charger as I have multiple batteries in my bank. You can use a smaller output type charger like the 20AMP or the 10AMP model but if you want to re-charge a single battery to its 90% charge state in a short three hour generator run time you will need the 20AMP model at a minimum.

Consider this white paper report from Progressive Dynamics on how long it take to re-charge a deep cycle battery.

"Progressive Dynamics ran this test on the amount of time it took a PD9155 (55-amp) converter/charger set to three different output voltages to recharge a 125 AH (Amp Hour) battery after it was fully discharged to 10.5-volts.

14.4-VOLTS (Boost Mode) – Returned the battery to 90% of full charge in approximately 3-hours. The battery reached full charge in approximately 11 hours.

13.6-VOLTS (Normal Mode) – Required 40-hours to return the battery to 90% of full charge and 78-hours to reach full charge.

13.2-VOLTS (Storage Mode) – Required 60-hours to return the battery to 90% of full charge and 100-hours to reach full charge."

This a battery science - no tricks involved here...

You will need 14.4VDC at around 20AMPs to re-charge a deep cycle battery in a three hour time period using smart mode charging technology.

My Honda 2KW generator has that two conductor receptacle on it as well but I have not found anything useful for it yet. Maybe a portable light to be able to see what you are doing in the dark...

I just typed into google '12VDC ChARGING CABLE FOR HONDA GENERATORS'
When it loads up select "IMAGES"... Many sources found like this one... Click on the one you like to see the source.


HONDA 12VDC CHARGING CABLE - LARGE CLAMPS - 10 FEET
Manufacturer: Honda
Model: 32660-894-BCX12H
Price: $15.99

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Thanks Roy and everybody else.. very informative.
So what would I use the jumper cables for?
I guess small 12 v appliances, TV, outside lights, etc?
Wonder why Honda had a special plug, vs just having the standard cigarette lighter plug?

Probably will purchase the batt charger you recommended to carry in my MH.

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