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Switchable/programmable 12/24V supply?

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by William P. N. Smith, Aug 8, 2005.

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  1. I'm looking for a switchable 12/24V DC supply to run a Shurflow 9300
    submersible pump at either 1GPM or 2GPM. I only need an amp at 12V
    and maybe 2A at 24V, as my lift isn't that high.

    I'm keeping a cistern full from a well, and depending on how many
    people are in residence (2-15), I'd like to pump slowly or somewhat
    faster from the well.

    Ideally I'd like to have a couple of float switches, so if my cistern
    is (say) 2/3 or better full it'll run at 12V, and if it's 1/3 or lower
    it'll run at 24V, but I can probably settle for a manual switch.

    My fallback of course is just run it on 24V all the time, but that may
    draw too quickly from the well...

    Thanks for any thoughts!
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    Relatively simple set-up - you need a diode and a relay. Operate thr
    relay with a float switch.

    IIRC you connect the batteries in parallel - to give you 12 volts with
    the relay(between the 2 positive ends, or the two negative ends -
    your choice -connected, and connect the two OTHER ends of the battery
    with a diode set up to be forward biased. Then connect the diode
    isolated end of theisolated battery to the other end of the non
    isolated battery with a diode that is forward bised when the relay is
    open - connecting the batteries in serial and giving 24 volts

    | |
    |--||||----t------------ to load
    | | | ^ Diode
    / Switch |
    / ^ Diode
    | | | |_
    | | |
    |----------------------- to load

    I used a similar setup on my Electric Fiat years ago.
    Close the switch to charge at 12 volts. ( I used 24 and 48)
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