Toyota Hilux Under Bonnet Dual Battery System

Toyota Hilux Under Bonnet Dual Battery System

Hi guys, Andrew here from Accelerate Auto Electrics & Air Conditioning with Josh, one of our dual battery experts.

One of the questions we get asked a lot is where should I put my dual battery or my auxiliary battery? Should it go under the bonnet or in a box in the back?

This is actually Josh’s Toyota Hilux. We’re here looking at it and he’s put his under the bonnet. We’re gonna let him tell us why he thinks it’s better under the bonnet, in his vehicle. Take it away Josh.

Josh: So, I went under the bonnet mainly to save space in my tub. A lot of the battery boxes are big and bulky and take up a lot of room.

The Toyota Hilux’s are good for that because you can get an under bonnet battery tray that still fits nice and tidy out of the way. You can get a 105 amp hour battery under the bonnet. This is ample to run your fridges and accessories for a couple of days. In conjunction with that, with the Toyota Hilux’s, you have to use a DCDC charger.

I have used the Redarc BCDC1225D, which is solar capable, and also maintains my battery to a hundred percent. A lot of these new cars have computer controlled alternators and smart alternators, so they need a correct charging profile. Otherwise your battery will never charge correctly and the computers don’t agree with it.

Andrew: So, how many days do you get outta your fridge Josh?

Josh: I get about three days without solar, before I have to start my vehicle and run and charge my battery back up.

Andrew:  Good, and what size solar panel have you got?

Josh: I use a 120 watt portable, little solar panel that I throw out in the sun. That way I can keep my car parked in the shade.

Andrew: Okay, cool. Anything else you’ve put on it for us, just quickly?

Josh: So, I’ve done LED upgrades in my headlights. I’ve got a slim line light bar mounted in my grill, because I haven’t got to the point where I want a bull bar.  I quite like the look of the slim factory body lines. I’ve got built in work lights in the back, that again run off my auxiliary battery. I also run my UHF and all that, which is all inside the cab as well.

Andrew: So any regrets putting it under the bonnet?

Josh: No, I don’t regret putting it under the bonnet. Mainly because, if it’s possible to go under the bonnet, I think it’s the best, most easiest way to do a dual battery system. As yeah, you save a lot of space.

Andrew: What we’ll do is we’ll take you inside and will give you a quick look at Josh’s dash. He’s used the factory switches that we use on our light bars and so on, so you can get a good look at that.

Inside The Cab

Josh: So inside my cab, I run the factory fit Toyota style blanks, so they replace the factory blanks. In this one here, I have a voltmeter and USB, which runs off my second battery to keep all my devices and phones, and tablets charged on the move.

Next to it I run the factory fit UHF plug. In a lot of these vehicles there is nowhere to mount the hand pieces. I didn’t wanna drill holes all through my dash to mount a hand piece. So I run the Uniden unit with all the controls and speaker, built into the hand piece. And when I don’t want it in use, I can just unplug that and put it away in my glove box. That way I don’t have cables and things dangling all over the place.

On the driver side of my vehicle I have the factory fit Toyota switches, that runs my auxiliary work lights, my fog lights, and my driving lights on the front. Now, we’re gonna go to the back and I’ll show you my work lights and the set up I have in my tray.

In The Ute Tub

So in the back of my Ute, I run just an Anderson plug in the side, which mainly runs my fridge. If I need to when I’m out camping, I then plug in a junction box. On this I run another voltmeter, some USB Chargers, and some cig sockets to run camp lights and stuff like that.

Also, I have my UHF aerial mounted in the back here. It’s a 6.5 DBI Uniden aerial. Once again, I didn’t have a bull bar, so I found an alternative place to mount it, and it’s quite tidy in the back.

At the top I run two LED work lights. These mostly come in use when I’m backing my boat down the boat ramps at night. Just to give me a bit more light and also when I’m camping, to find those campsites.

Andrew: So that was a quick run through of Josh’s Toyota Hilux, with his under bonnet dual battery system and a few other mods he’s done. If you have any questions give us a call on 1300 227 353 Email us at [email protected] or feel free to comment below.

Austrack Camper Lithium Battery System

Custom Austrack Camper Lithium Battery System

We recently worked on this Austrack Camper, installing a custom Lithium Battery System, here’s what we fitted:

  • Enerdrive ePower B-TEC 200AH Lithium Battery
  • New System Control Panel
  • Redarc Manager30 (customer supplied) 
The Install:

To start with, we tested the existing system in the camper trailer, there was an issue with the existing lithium batteries not holding a charge. It was discovered that the current batteries were faulty and needed to be replaced. Most of the wiring was also poorly managed so the decision was made to pull the whole system out and rebuilt it properly from scratch. 

To start with the old faulty batteries were removed and the original control panel removed. From there the new Enerdrive 200Ah battery was installed and the wiring was upgraded and tidied to suit the new lithium battery setup. The technician also built a new custom panel which would house the display panel for the Redarc Manager30, switches and gauges for various lights and accessories around the camper. 

Once the system was installed it was all programmed to ensure optimum performance. Then this Austrack Camper was all powered up and ready to hit the road! 

If you are thinking of upgrading your caravan’s battery system to Lithium, or if you would like to know more about your options for caravan battery systems, comment below or give us a call on 07 5479 6652.  

Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series Lithium Battery System

Recently we fitted out a Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series with a custom Lithium Dual Battery System.

On this Toyota Landcruiser Lithium Dual Battery System we installed:

  • Sentry 100Ah Slimline Lithium Battery
  • Enerdrive 1000W inverter
  • Redarc Manager30 (customer supplied) 

This customer was a local tradie so we came up with a 12V power solution that allowed him more freedom on the worksite. We installed the 100Ah Slimline Lithum Battery behind the custom cabinets he had in the back. From there we installed the Enerdrive inverter on the cage frame behind the rear seats. Lastly, the customer had a Redarc Manager30 from his old caravan that we installed in the vehicle to manage and monitor the whole system. 

This system was ideal for this tradie as it allowed him to power up his tools onsite and also run a fridge or any other accessories while he’s on the road. 

If you have a dual battery system that doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, if you want to upgrade your existing system, or if you are a tradie wanting more freedom on the road, get in touch today. We have technicians on hand who can come up with a customised solution to suit your 12 volt needs. You can call us at 5479 6652 or contact us online.

Campsite Review: Imbil Camping Retreat

Campsite Review: Imbil Camping Retreat

Imbil Camping Retreat formerly known as Island Reach Camping Resort is located right in the township of Imbil on the banks of Yabba Creek. View their website here:

It’s the first time we’d been to this campgrounds and it is now an absolute favourite.


Getting There:

It takes just under 1 hour to get to Imbil Camping Retreat from Maroochydore. Best to head North on the Bruce and take exit 224, follow the signs to Imbil. Just as you hit Imbil you will see the signs for Imbil Camping Retreat.

Accommodation Options:

These guys keep it simple with camping sites currently they have these options available:

  • Powered
  • Un-Powered
  • Premium Waterfront Unpowered

We were there for an event (Adventure Bash) that had hired out the entire place – we were waterfront above the day use area – so assuming this would be premium, but in my opinion well worth the extra money as I got to sit in my comfy chair and watch Andrew & the kids kayak up and down the creek.

What we loved:

  • Imbil Camping Retreat offers free camping but with a few perks – toilets, hot showers, close to town, coffee shop and power if you need.
  • Location Location Location. Right on the banks of Yabba Creek – you can camp literally 5metres from the creek.
  • We had a mulberry tree between our site and the creek. Taking me on a trip down memory lane, the kids faces and hands were always stained red, I was tempted to head home and plant one in our backyard.
  • Open fires allowed – it’s not camping if there is no fire!!
  • In the middle of Yabba Creek there is a mud island, not a favourite of mine personally but the kids spent hours climbing up it and sliding right back down
  • Kayaks for hire
  • Close to town – it was about a 5min walk into town if you needed supplies
  • Bike Tracks for the kids to ride on

Room for improvement:

  • It is a basic campgrounds the camp kitchen and toilet blocks were basic – but honestly all you need

Things To Do:

  • Hire a kayak and paddle up and down the creek
  • Climb mud island
  • Jump off the cliffs – if you dare
  • Imbil markets are on 8am – 2pm Sunday
  • Drive into Kenilworth and explore the town
  • Visit Kenilworth Bakery for the 1kg donut challenge
  • Take a walk or 4WD in Imbil State Forest

Final Thoughts:

We loved it.  This is our new favourite campground on Yabba Creek, and believe me, we have been to a few.  Great for a weekend away but within an hour of the Sunshine Coast.

Have you stayed at Imbil Camping Retreat? If so, let us know what you thought.

View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast

2019 Ford Ranger PX3 In-Cab Dual Battery System Installation

Recently we fitted this custom Ford Ranger PX3 In-Cab Dual Battery System.

On this Ford Ranger PX3 In-Cab Dual Battery System we installed:

  • 100 A/hr LEAD CRYSTAL® Slimline Battery
  • Redarc 1240D 40amp DC-DC charger
  • Cigarette Sockets
  • Voltmeter
  • Dual USB
  • Red Anderson Plugs
  • Grey Anderson Plugs

This system was customised to suit the needs of this customer, with plenty of extra sockets around the vehicle to keep all their devices powered up. 

We had the usual set up behind seat using the Lead Crystal® 100 Ah battery, Redarc 40 amp BCDC, an 8 circuit fuse box, Red Anderson for Solar input and Grey Anderson.

Next up we installed the various mount panels for the sockets. In the rear of the cab (drivers side) we installed a triple panel with voltmeter, cigarette socket and dual USB port. On the passenger side in the rear we installed a dual panel with cigarette socket and dual USB port. 

In the rear tub we installed a dual panel with 2 cigarette sockets for powering the customer’s fridge and other accessories. We also installed an Anderson plug for charging another battery. 

Why use Lead Crystal® Batteries?

Lead Crystal® Batteries will charge 3 times faster than a standard AGM and will handle regular discharging much better than a standard AGM. This system will excel in running a fridge, compressor and any other accessories. 

Bang for buck the Lead Crystal® Battery represents great value. If you look at the cycle life versus the cost, it is a clear winner over Deep Cycle AGM Batteries. This amazing battery delivers remarkable cycle life (6000 cycles @ 20% and 3800 cycles @ 50% depth of discharge and 1400 cycles @ 80% depth of discharge).

We can customise a Dual Battery System to suit your vehicle and your needs. Whether it is under-bonnet, under-tray, in-cab, portable or fixed, we have a solution to keep you powered up on the road and off the beaten track.

Mazda 6 GY Compressor Replacement

Today we completed a Mazda 6 GY Compressor Replacement. 

The Mazda 6 GY came into us because the air conditioning wasn’t working. After pressure testing the system and inspecting for leaks we discovered the vehicle’s compressor and desiccant bag needed replacing.

The compressor is the workhorse of the air conditioning system, powered by a drive belt connected to the crankshaft of the engine. When the aircon system is turned on, the compressor pumps refrigerant vapour under high pressure to the condenser.

Your car air conditioning system is made up of lots of loads of working parts including: 

  • Compressor
  • Condensor
  • Receiver Drier
  • Expansion Valve
  • Evaporator
  • Hoses
  • Cabin Filter

Once we replaced the compressor  we completed an AC Service which includes a re-gas with R134A gas and UV dye.  Now the Mazda 6 GY has icy cold air conditioning for Summer.

Toyota Landcruiser Workmate Dual Battery System Installation (VDJ76R)

Recently we fitted out a Toyota Landcruiser Workmate with a custom Dual Battery System

On this Toyota Landcruiser Workmate Dual Battery System we installed:

  • 125Ah Enerdrive B-TEC Lithium Battery
  • Enerdrive DC2DC 40+ Battery Charger
  • Redarc TowPro Elite V3 
  • CTEK PRO15S 15A 240V Battery Charger
  • 2x Great White LED 220mm Combo Driving Light
  • Spotter LED Work Light
  • H4 LED Headlight Globe Kit
  • Anderson Plugs
  • 12V Cigarette Sockets
  • Dual USB

To start we installed the Great White driving lights, H4 LED headlights and Redarc TowPro Elite. Next, we drilled the hole in the roof to run the wires for power into the roof-top tent and work lights. An Anderson plug was installed so accessories can be connected on the inside of the tent. We custom made some brackets for the work lights and fitted them to the roof racks on the vehicle. 

The next part of the install included installing the customer’s Projecta Inverter and run cables to the Enerdrive Lithium Battery. We installed a fuse box in the rear of the vehicle and wired in a 6-way touch switch panel for all the accessories (fridge, work lights etc.). Also on this panel was the 3x 12V cigarette sockets and dual USB socket. 

The Enerdrive Lithium Battery, DC-DC Charger, 240V Ctek Charger were connected into the system and fused according to manufacturer’s requirements. The 2 chargers were then programmed to suit lithium and the whole system was tested to ensure everything was working properly. 

The customer also purchased a solar blanket to stay powered up on the road, so we made an extension lead for them to use for solar input into their battery system. 

If you have a dual battery system that doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, or if you want to upgrade your existing system to a complete off-grid solution, get in touch today. We have technicians on hand who can come up with a customised solution to suit your 12 volt needs. You can call us at 5479 6652 or contact us online.

LDV T60 Towing Set Up

Today we completed an LDV T60 Towing Set Up 

For this LDV T60 towing set up, we installed: 

  • Redarc TowPro Elite Electric Brake Controller
  • Enerdrive ePower Voltage Sensitive Relay 
  • Grey Anderson Plug
  • 12 Pin Trailer Plug

The Redarc Towpro Elite is a very popular towing device, The Electric Brake controller works by monitoring how hard the vehicle is braking and applies a proportional amount of braking to the trailer to suit that application at the time. You can read more about the Tow-Pro Elite here!

The grey Anderson plug is used for the charging circuit that runs cables from the vehicle to the caravan. This connection used to charge the batteries in the caravan via the car’s starting battery while driving. The batteries are separated via the Enerdrive VSR which protects the vehicle’s starting battery from going flat when the vehicle is not running. To read more about Anderson Plugs, click here!

For this vehicle, we also upgraded the trailer plug on the vehicle from a 7 pin to a 12 pin flat. 

No matter what you tow, we can find a solution to suit your vehicle. Whether its a full towing setup with all the bells and whistles or just replacing a single plug on your towbar. Just drop us an email or phone call and ask for a quote!

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Kia Carnival VQ Starter Motor Replacement

This week we completed a Kia Carnival VQ Starter Motor Replacement.

This Kia Carnival VQ was towed to our Maroochydore workshop with starting faults. After inspection, the technicians diagnosed a faulty starter motor.  If your starter motor needs replacing generally the car will be present with one of the following:

  • Clicking noise upon starting (kind of like a machine gun sound)
  • Sluggish to Start or
  • Won’t Start at all

If the car is sluggish to start but still starts we recommend replacing the starter motor as soon as possible. If you don’t and continue to start the car while it is sluggish, you will put excess strain on the battery and cables which can result in a burnt battery or cables.

If you think there is an issue with your car’s starting system, we offer Free Start & Charge tests at our Maroochydore workshop. Contact us today for more info, call 07 54796652 or email us here. 

VW Amarok 2H Canopy Dual Battery System Installation

Recently we fitted out a VW Amarok 2H with a custom Canopy Dual Battery System

For this VW Amarok Canopy Dual Battery System we installed:

  • Enerdrive DC-DC 40+ Battery Charger
  • Anderson Plugs
  • Cigarette 12V Power Sockets
  • Dual USB

The customer supplied the rooftop Solar Panel and LED work lights. The customer also already had their own auxiliary battery that was installed in the vehicle using a portable battery box. We installed the Enerdrive DC-DC charger to the side panel of the canopy. Then wired in the Anderson plug for solar input as well as the 12V cigarette sockets and Dual USB port. 

As you can see we are more than happy to install items that our customers have purchased themselves. If you have a dual battery system that doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, or if you want to upgrade your existing system to a complete off-grid solution, get in touch today. We have technicians on hand who can come up with a customised solution to suit your 12 volt needs. You can call us at 5479 6652 or contact us online.