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Old March 26th, 2013, 12:53 PM
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How to weld with dual batteries, jumper cables and a welding rod- video

Hey guys, I made this video on welding with dual batteries. Hopefully this will come in handy for trail repairs!
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Very cool and thanks for contributing that! I had to do some trail welding once and although it worked and got us off the trail I ruined two sets of jumper cables in the process. So I made a couple of welding kits, one for my local off roading club and one for myself that I keep in my trailer. It has everything needed to weld from up to 3 batteries including compact goggles. Well worth doing this for an overland adventure.

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That's a good video...I'm surprised he doesn't say anything about the size of the welding rod. I've always heard 16ga. Thanks for the post!

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Very cool and thanks for contributing that! I had to do some trail welding once and although it worked and got us off the trail I ruined two sets of jumper cables in the process. So I made a couple of welding kits, one for my local off roading club and one for myself that I keep in my trailer. It has everything needed to weld from up to 3 batteries including compact goggles. Well worth doing this for an overland adventure.

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That was outstanding Mike! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to build a kit myself and start practicing. so 16GA?
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Old March 26th, 2013, 02:03 PM
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I used an 1/8'' 6011 electrode in the video. You can get them at home depot for about $5 for 18 rods, cheap insurance to have with you!
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I used an 1/8'' 6011 electrode in the video. You can get them at home depot for about $5 for 18 rods, cheap insurance to have with you!
Eh...didn't realize "he" was "you"! lol...
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Very cool and thanks for contributing that! I had to do some trail welding once and although it worked and got us off the trail I ruined two sets of jumper cables in the process. So I made a couple of welding kits, one for my local off roading club and one for myself that I keep in my trailer. It has everything needed to weld from up to 3 batteries including compact goggles. Well worth doing this for an overland adventure.

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Very cool as well. Did not realize it could be so simple. What's the condition of your batteries after this? I'm guessing you need to do small, short duration welds so as to not overheat the batteries and or drain them completely.
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I would carry some 3/32" as well.
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Cool vid. Reminds me of a scene from MacGyver.
Except he was using coins.
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So everything needs to be disconnected from the batteries before re-wiring them as 24 volt (dual management systems, etc)?

Also like to know about how much drain this applies to the batteries.

Awesome solution tho - and much cheaper than the premier power welder! Sigh... Now if only I knew how to weld...
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You are probably getting 100 Amps, so say 30 minutes before the batteries are dead. That is a lot of welding. another option is a spool gun with flux core. More expensive, but a bit easier to learn.
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You should sell those!! Seriously!
X3 - that is a nice looking kit Charles!
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Excellent vid.
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I just travel with a guy that carries a premier power welder!

But seriously Charles, you need to our together more of those kits. I'd be down for one!
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But seriously Charles, you need to our together more of those kits. I'd be down for one!
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Not gonna happen by me anytime soon - one of you guys should do it .

It wasn't hard to assemble the stuff, and the only work required is to crimp the cable ends which you could probably have the welding shop do that for you when you buy the cable if needed. It ended up being fairly pricey but forget the amount. I'm not sure you will get any gains in buying anything in bulk though.
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Isnt there some kind of wielding kit that you can hook up to your battery that works off of a spool? Been around for years? Found it: http://readywelder.com/products-page
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