Finding a short. Tips wanted.

Discussion in 'Wiring' started by MyName, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    Battery post and ring lugs a made to be used multiple times, so you're good. I have a small solar panel, from Northern Tool, that I leave connected. It's under the camper cover, but it has enough solar to flash the little light to indicate it's charging.
     
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    but I'm not working on my phone. ha ha, ok bad joke.
     
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    So I still have an open circuit on DC only. The lights flicker just a little on DC. If I bypass the converter and connect the hot only to the my "USB" circuit hot the lights work great. I installed the USB circuit directly to the battery myself. The problem is that I won't be able to use the lights with AC. I think i should take the USB circuit hot and connect it to the converter . If the lights work I'll just run a new line to the converter and leave the old 'bad' line. I will still connect the bad line to the battery, because i think it charges the battery when connected to my car.
    Any thoughts?
     
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    Ok, found the open circuit. it was a vampire clip hidden by the electrical tape on the 7 pin connection. Tested the lights for a few hours on DC and everything looks great. on the plus side since I've been tracing wires I now know what wires to tap into for my refrigerator fan install.

    FYI I have replace many wire caps, and I installed the ground buss bar.

    Thank you for all your tips and suggestions.
     
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    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    Good to hear that you finally found the culprit. Those dang connectors should all be thrown in the garbage!
     

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