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Posted: 09/30/20 06:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some of the switches claim they are made of fine copper, instead of brass like the competitors.

Im looking at this switch and like its low profile. The pictures claim its made of copper, but it doesnt look like copper. Is it plated?

Is a sign of a good switch when its not plated and you can see its copper lugs?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQ5........e_dp_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1XLIDN9XQ0PZA

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I don't know but the BlueSeas and the Perkos are very popular and have been around a long time. More expensive tho.


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Posted: 09/30/20 07:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are concerned about the quality, spend a few extra dollars to buy one from a known manufacturer (BEP, Blueseas, Marinco, Perko etc):
www.amazon.com/BEP-701-Battery-Switches-On-Off/dp/B005DUUL9W

The one you linked to is probably fine, but there is no way to be sure.

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1. Quality
2. Cheap

Choose.


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Posted: 09/30/20 09:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Switch is fine. Should out last the RV.


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agesilaus wrote:

I don't know but the BlueSeas and the Perkos are very popular and have been around a long time. More expensive tho.


These would be my choice

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Would you guys do something a little smaller and better looking for a solar panel disconnect?

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Here is how it looks. I normally dont have batteries installed. With the recent fires i put an old junky battery in there just to work the jack if needed. Thats why my solar is normally disconnected.

What do you think about cutting a small hole into the display itself? In the pics you can see the right side of the display does have a bit of room for a hole.

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I used a 50 Amp dc breaker for my solar panel disconnect switch in our previous RV
Found it on Amazon


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MrWizard wrote:

I used a 50 Amp dc breaker for my solar panel disconnect switch in our previous RV
Found it on Amazon


That is what I use also. Works just fine.

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