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Old 06-25-2019, 09:17 PM
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I dont know much about Perko, I'm sure they make some good stuff. But damn I hate those red perko battery switches that seem to come on every used boat I buy. The effort needed to contort your fingers in a manner to switch from one selection to another is ridiculous. I have formed a callus on my hand from this thing.
Old 06-26-2019, 08:23 AM
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Agreed. I had to loosen my mounting screws to slightly reduce how hard they are to turn.
Those low end 1-ALL-2 switches are crap. 2nd boat I have had them on.
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Both boats I bought that had them both got changed quickly to Blue Seas switches. I can't stand the Perko switches.
Old 06-26-2019, 08:41 AM
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My Blue Seas "Add A Battery" switch started failing on me during our vacation fishing trip. Low voltage caused starter failure. I was thinking of replacing it with a Perko Switch. So I'm in to learn what ya'll have to say about them. I am currently running with none, and don't like that either.
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I have had Perko on my boats and never had an issue with them. I read about Blue Seas here and they seem like a good product..
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My son had a Blue Seas battery switch come apart on him while underway. All power gone..none at all...no radio, no electric anchor, no lights, no engine. Turns out there was a batch of defective ones where the plastic mountings let go, apparently under normal strain of the battery cables When we started to take it apart , the copper contacts had also come apart and fell into my hands.

Blue Seas did make good for it but the implications of that type of failure are frightening depending on the situation. There is a thread here on THT from someone who apparently had the same problem. Bottom line: things can go wrong with any brand. Choose your poison.

Blue Sea Battery Switch Failure
Old 06-26-2019, 10:32 AM
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:33 AM
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I installed a Perko on one of my old boats and it worked fine for the 3 years I had it. It was a little stiff to turn, but once it broke in it got easier.
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I have had Perkos on every boat I have owned over .....never a issue with them.
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Originally Posted by Burford1 View Post
I dont know much about Perko, I'm sure they make some good stuff. But damn I hate those red perko battery switches that seem to come on every used boat I buy. The effort needed to contort your fingers in a manner to switch from one selection to another is ridiculous. I have formed a callus on my hand from this thing.
I must be missing something. My last 3 boats have had perko switches, and there is no contortion or excessive force necessary. I generally use my thumb and one other finger to rotate it 90 degrees. It could not be any easier.
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:30 AM
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Maybe that callus is from something else ??
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I have never had an issue with Perko. I have one on a center console that is 25 years old and the switch still works fine. It has the round knob to switch batteries and I have never thought it was hard to turn. But I guess there can be a bad one no matter the brand.
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The factory built my boat with these contactors so that a simple push button tap, at either of the control locations, toggles the contactor between on and off.
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Originally Posted by yammi250 View Post
My son had a Blue Seas battery switch come apart on him while underway. All power gone..none at all...no radio, no electric anchor, no lights, no engine. Turns out there was a batch of defective ones where the plastic mountings let go, apparently under normal strain of the battery cables When we started to take it apart , the copper contacts had also come apart and fell into my hands.

Blue Seas did make good for it but the implications of that type of failure are frightening depending on the situation. There is a thread here on THT from someone who apparently had the same problem. Bottom line: things can go wrong with any brand. Choose your poison.

Blue Sea Battery Switch Failure
Exact same thing happened to me about 3 weeks ago. Boat running fine on plane one second, completely dead in the water the next. Didn't take long to figure out the problem. No power at all when selected to "1" or "2, but luckily, the switch was still barely making contact when in "Both" position.

When I started loosening the fasteners to remove the old switch, the entire backside fell out into my hand. A friend who's owned a boat repair shop for decades said he'd never even heard of that happening. I guess I know why now.
Old 06-26-2019, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by ValPStamas View Post
Maybe that callus is from something else ??

I LOL when I read that!
Old 06-26-2019, 02:06 PM
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Have had Perkins switch on boats since the 70's never an issue
start on both run out on 1 run in on 2 then off that's at least 5 clicks a trip and I am not calloused
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Every boat I've ever owned has been from the 80's, so god knows how old the switches are and i've never had a problem.
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If you check Fwpratt's pic in the #4 post here you will get an idea of why Perko battery switches are generally considered lowest quality and cheaply made:
Perko Battery switch question

As I've posted before, few years ago I disassembled my two 20+ yr old Cole Hersee 4 way battery switches to inspect and they looked absolutely brand new inside after ~~ 5000 hrs of boat use. They have good tight design for good sealing , screw fasteners instead of Perko's rivets, good heavy duty contact surfaces with protective grease. All things Perko's battery switches lack.
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Can't find Mr Pratt's " #4 post" on this thread. ALL my boats have had the Perko switches. none of them have rivets, all have screws....what am I missing here ?? All 5 of them have performed without fail since 1995.

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