In Part #1 < click here to read Part #1 > I shared a bunch of information, here in Part #2 I will show you how I attached a Class T fuse and how I turned a PowerIn into a fused distributor/connection point.
The battery side of this is pretty simple –
Adding a Class T fuse to the PowerIn.
On the distribution side of things it can used a bit differently –
I have two charge controllers and two inverters that need hooked into the system.
I could have used a Lynx Distributor, but it costs $66 more and I didn’t need the monitoring capability, nor the pretty lights on the cover. But, I did need fusing capability. So here is a great “hack” for you…you can turn a PowerIn into a budget (a.k.a. “poor man’s”) Lynx Distributor with 4 simple additions…nuts, washers, and bolts. Here is how you do it…
PowerIn Hack –
First thing, buy:
- Four (4) M8 x 25mm Hex Head Screw Bolt, Fully Threaded, Stainless Steel 18-8, Plain Finish
- Eight (8) M8 Hex Nut M8-1.25, 65mm Height, 304 18-8 Stainless Steel
- Twelve (12) 316 Stainless Steel Flat Washer, Plain Finish, Meets DIN 125, M8 Hole Size, 8.4mm ID, 16mm OD, 1.6mm Nominal Thickness
- Four (4) M8 Copper Split Lock Sealing Ring Spring Washer Fastener
Important note: Use stainless steel and copper only as mentioned. Do not use any regular steel, etc.
Then add another stainless steel washer and stainless steel nut as pictured…(the washers again strengthen the plastic from damage, the nut raises the working surface to a level point for the fuse).
Important Note: There are other websites who do kinda the same hack…but they mostly get it wrong. They do not add the nut on top of the washer that sits on top of the plastic piece and before the fuse & lugs. Not putting that nut on creates a very disjointed angle for the fuse that could damage the internal fuse connections.
So there you have it…a Lynx PowerIn has many uses including that of a stripped down, economical Lynx Distributor.
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