Battery Box
w/RIGrunner 4008
1020 Spring City Drive
Waukesha, WI 53186
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Thank you for choosing the West Mountain Radio DCto-GO Battery Box w/ RIGrunner 4008! You will enjoy
powering your equipment from a portable battery using
Powerpole® connectors.
The DC-to-GO gives you convenient portable power. The
case accepts Group Size 24 batteries, providing up to 100
amp hours at 12 volts. Eight devices may be plugged into
the integrated RIGrunner 4008 power strip. Each socket
is fused for protection. Any blown fuse will be illuminated.
Correct and low voltage indicators show battery status.
The battery may be charged via the power strip.
Battery Box with strap
RIGrunner 4008 (mounted directly to battery box)
Power Supply Cable (2ft. #10 wire, ring terminals to
12 pair pak of 30A Powerpole® connectors and
DC-to-GO Operating Manual
Safety Information
A battery stores a large quantity of energy. A short
circuit will release this energy rapidly causing the wire to
melt, and perhaps, catch on fire. Also, the battery could
explode. The fuse located near the battery terminal in the
RIGrunner may help prevent these types of catastrophes.
The use of only SAFETY batteries is recommended,
such as gelled-electrolyte and absorbed-glass mat
(AGM) types. These batteries are sealed and contain
no dangerous gases. These types may be mounted in
any position, although vertical is preferred. They are also
100% maintenance free.
Use of other types of batteries for portable use in the
DCtoGO is NOT recommended. Automobile batteries
and marine batteries may only be used if the installation is
fixed; where the battery box will not be turned over and is
located outdoors or in a welll-ventilated area.
West Mountain Radio carries high-quality gelledelectrolyte
and AGM batteries. They have posts and lugs
with studs to match the ring terminals on the supply cable
DCtoGO battery box will fit Group Size 24 batteries with
the following dimensions:
10 7/8 in. (276 mm)
6 3/4 in. (171mm)
9 7/8 in. (251mm)
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Connecting to the Battery
The RED wire with the larger ring terminal is connected
to the battery POSITIVE lug and securely fastened down
with the nut. The BLACK wire with the smaller ring
terminal is connected to the battery NEGATIVE lug and
securely fastened down with the nut. Ensure that RED is
Bring the wire out through the front of the battery box to the
left of the RIGrunner. Plug into the farthest left connector
marked “DCIN”. Neatly fold the excess wire into the box.
Make sure the top is oriented so that the large vent is
facing the front. Snap the top into place.
West Mountain Radio carries post-to-stud lug sets. The
positive lug matches the larger size battery post and has a
3/8 inch stud. The negative lug matches the smaller size
battery post and has a 5/16 inc stud.
Using the Strap
The strap may be installed and used both to secure the
battery box to the floor and to restrain the top cover. It
also provides the safety precaution in the event the battery
explodes, the plastic box with strap will likely prevent flying
debris and acid.
Note that the strap is easily installed between the
RIGrunner and the battery box.
RIGrunner 4008
There are some considerations to think about. Please
read these instructions carefully before setting up your
Choosing a mounting location
Pick a location that is close, or central to, most of your
radios and accessories; especially those that draw large
amounts of current. Locate your power source as close
as possible to the RIGrunner. Remember that every wire
has resistance, longer wires have more resistance. More
than a 10’ run of #10 wire is not quite adequate to supply
the RIGrunner to full output without a significant voltage
Install in a cool dry place with good ventilation. For
example, do not put it on top of your amplifier or room
heater, or cover it with something. It is recommended to
not put it in the engine compartment of your car, or directly
on the floor of a car; rain from open windows or snow
covered boots may cause water damage.
Operating Manual
Connecting your equipment
Recognizing that RIGrunner comes standard with
Powerpole®, updating your cables that supply or use 12
volts DC with Powerpole® will improve the convenience of
quick connections and use of your equipment. Remember,
Powerpole® are genderless and the same connector
arrangement works for both supply and load. Powerpole®
can be used to charge or power batteries, all using the
same connectors.
Powerpole® can be installed by soldering or crimping. Be
sure to make good connections. For detailed Powerpole®
connector installation tips see RIGrunner support pages
at http://www.westmountainradio.com/supportrr.
IMPORTANT!! It is essential that assembly of the pairs is
correct. Follow the amateur radio standard used by the
RIGrunner. DO NOT PLUG IN without verifying that
RED + PLUS and BLACK – MINUS is correct.
The far left connector is labeled DCIN with a 25 amp
fuse, and is normally used to connect to the battery; but,
any output may be used as the input with an appropriate
fuse. Plug in your equipment starting with the highest
power connections to the left and the lower power drain
units to the right, notice the supplied fuse ratings next
to the connector chosen. Typically you should connect
higher current devices like transceivers first and smaller
accessories last.
Multiple amplifiers and/or transceivers may be connected
to the RIGrunner. The RIGrunner itself is capable of
handling 40A maximum current but with a U1 size battery
you should plan on using significantly less current to
maximize operating time. For this reason the supplied
DCIN fuse is rated at 25A. Most QRP and HT radios draw
less than 1 amp in receive but may require up to 3 amps in
transmit. Therefore, the limiting factor is total current draw
while transmitting. To determine how many radios may be
used to transmit at one time, consult the radio manual for
power consumption specifications. In the event that the
total current goes over the 25 amp maximum, a fuse will
blow. The RIGrunner and any equipment plugged into the
RIGrunner should go unharmed.
Using the proper fuses
The RIGrunner comes supplied with a range of fuses
installed. This assortment should be suitable for most
stations, but can be changed easily. Every RIGrunner
output is safe up to 40 amps, but the total allowable is also
40 amps.
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A fuse MUST be in each position in use. ANY ATTEMPT
WARRANTY. Since the maximum available automotive
fuse is 40 amps, the RIGrunner will be protected as long
as any value ATC/ATO fuse is installed. Choose the correct
fuse for your equipment. Standard ATC/ATO automotive
blade fuses are used. These fuses are available in 10
values ranging from 1 amp to 40 amps.
The DC input should have a fuse that is appropriate for the
power supply or battery rating. If using a low power or QRP
equipment, consider using a lower value fuse than the 25
amp value supplied. Ideally all of the outlets should have
a fuse that is the next higher value above the maximum
current draw of the unit on that fuse. If using a power cord
with a fuse, match that value or go one or two values higher.
Sizing each fuse for each unit is desirable, but not absolutely
necessary. Having a higher value than the minimum will
offer less protection for that unit, too low a value and the
fuse will blow out prematurely.
Note that each fuse position has a LED blown fuse indicator
that will conveniently light up if an output fuse is blown.
There must be power to the RIGrunner and a load on the
circuit that has the blown fuse for the blown fuse LED to
The voltage comparator and audible alert
A feature of the RIGrunner 4012 and 4008 is the precision
expanded scale voltage comparator display with audible
alert. (The 4005 and 4004U models do not have this
feature.) A basic explanation of 12 volt systems will aid in
understanding this feature. Equipment commonly referred
to as 12 volt is actually a nominal 13.8 volts. For example, a
lead acid battery is a nominal 12.6 volts when charged and
not under load, and approximately 14.0 volts under charge.
A quality 12 volt power supply will have its regulated output
set to 13.8 volts. Most radios are specified to require 13.8
volts +/- 15%. 12 volt automobile or aircraft alternators have
voltage regulation set between 13.5 and 14.3 volts.
The RIGrunner provides an accurate and unambiguous
display of voltage. There are three LEDs: red overvoltage,
green normal, and yellow undervoltage. The points at which
the LEDs change are set accurately to 11.5 and 15.0 volts.
The selection of these points gives a reliable indication of
proper and safe operation of your power supply, battery or
alternator. A green or normal indication is all you need to
look for.
An undervoltage indication, shown by the yellow LED, is
less than 11.5 volts. This should be safe for your radio, but
may cause improper operation. Low voltage on a modern
radio can cause a loss of phase lock and a frequency error.
This is a definite indication of a problem with the power
source; a bad connection, an unregulated power supply,
a bad alternator or dying battery. It is normal with most
cars to have less than 11.5 volts when cranking the starter
Operating Manual
A normal indication with the green LED illustrates,
everything is good and you are between 11.5 and
15.0volts, don’t worry about a thing.
A red overvoltage indication with the red LED is
overheat or damage a radioor other equipment. An
overvoltage will sound an audiblealert; no need to
watch the LEDs to signal a problem.
When running strictly on a 12 volt battery, an
overvoltagecondition will not occur. The RIGrunner’s
audible alert canbe reconfigured for a low battery
warning. By removing thefour cover screws and move
the P14 jumper to the “LO”position. Remember to
move it back to “HI” when changingback operation
from power supply or alternator.
Note: Due to the characteristics of the comparator
chipit is normal for the undervoltage LED to glow
very dimlywith a normal or overvoltage indication. It
is also normalfor the LEDs to change intensity while
stepping through 10 precision points.
In the event of a bad power source or power
connection, the yellow LED may flash or come on
during transmit.Ifthis happens, check the power
source andconnections. It is also possible for RF
from a transmitter to cause anelectronically regulated
power supply to lose regulation andcause an
overvoltage alert during transmit. The RIGrunner is
extensively RF bypassed and should actually cure
thisproblem. If you do have an overvoltage condition
duringtransmit especially with a VHF high power amp,
it is due to inadequate RF filtering on the DC lead
of the amplifier, or poor RF immunity of the power
supply regulator circuit.
Special Note for RIGrunner 4004USB:
The maximum current for the USB outlet is 1 amp and
isprotected by a 1 amp ATC fuse. This fuse should
NOT bechanged to a higher value.
Powerpole® Wiring Guide
Powerpole® Series
Recommended Wire
15 A
20-16 AWG
20-12 AWG
14-10 AWG
Additional Resources for Anderson Powerpole®
go to: www.andersonpower.com
Details and a video demonstration for using
PWRcrimp Tool with Powerpole®, go to:
West Mountain Radio
RIGrunner Accessories
Order Sku#
Fuse Assortment Low Value (8pcs) #58537-1085
3- 1A, 3- 5A & 2- 10A
Fuse Assortment High Value (8pcs) #58537-1086
2 ea. of 15A, 20A, 30A, 40A
Buss 10A ATC Circuit Breaker
Buss 15A ATC Circuit Breaker
Buss 20A ATC Circuit Breaker
Buss 25A ATC Circuit Breaker
Buss 30A ATC Circuit Breaker
Powerpole® Extension Cable, 3 ft.
#12 Red/Black Wire w/ Powerpole® ends
Powerpole® Extension Cable, 6 ft.
#12 Red/Black Wire w/ Powerpole® ends
Powerpole® Extension Cable, 10 ft. #58531-1084
#12 Red/Black Wire w/ Powerpole® ends
15A. Powerpole® Connector-12 Pair #58257-1093
30A. Powerpole® Connector-12 Pair #58257-1095
45A. Powerpole® Connector-12 Pair #58257-1099
Powerpole® Retention Clips - 12 Pack #58257-1092
PowerLock - RIGrunner Retainer Kit #58512-1060
PWRcrimp Crimp Tool
To purchase or view other accessories available,
call or go online at:
Additional Resources
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Operating Manual
DC-to-GO Battery Box w/
RIGrunner 4008 Warranty
The RIGrunner is warranted against failure due to defects
in workmanship or materials for one year after the date
of purchase from West Mountain Radio or an authorized
dealer. If purchased from an authorized dealer it must be
returned with a copy of the original sales receipt or proof
of purchase.
Warranty does not cover damage caused by abuse,
accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure
to follow instructions, improper installation, alteration,
lightning, or other incidence of excessive voltage or
current. If failure occurs within this period, return the
RIGrunner or accessory to West Mountain Radio at your
shipping expense with a full explanation and necessary
proof of purchase. The device or accessory will be
repaired or replaced, at our option, without charge, and
returned to you at our shipping expense. Repaired or
replaced items are warranted for the remainder of the
original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or
replacement of the RIGrunner or accessory made after
the expiration of the warranty period.
West Mountain Radio shall have no liability or responsibility
to customer or any other person or entity with respect to
any liability, loss, or damage caused directly or indirectly
by use or performance of the products or arising out of
any breach of this warranty, including, but not limited to,
any damages resulting from inconvenience, loss of time,
data, property, revenue, or profit, or any indirect, special
incidental, or consequential damages, even if West
Mountain Radio has been advised of such damages.
Except as provided herein, West Mountain Radio makes
no express warranties and any implied warranties,
including fitness for a particular purpose, are limited in
duration to the stated duration provided herein.
1020 Spring City Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186
tel 262-522-6503 fax 262-522-6504