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  • Trickle charge, tender or nothing to batterys

    What do you guys do. Amazing how much difference of opinions there is on this stuff

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    $99 optima charger.

    http://www.optimabatteries.com/us/en/products/charger/
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    • #3
      I have a guest 2611a charger installed on the boat. I just leave it plugged in when I'm not using the boat. It was about $100.

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      • #4
        Battery tender jr. just plug in the quick disconnect when your done, $40
        James

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        • #5
          Step up to an installed charger like Guest /Marinco and maintain your batteries properly though out the entire year.

          Another option either installed or mobile is the CTEK 7002 or others in their line. http://smartercharger.com/battery-chargers/
          More advanced charging and desulfation capabilities.

          Battery Tender / trickle chargers are old technology and low power.
          Batteries are a big investment and while something is better than nothing, there are better products that can significantly increase battery life.
          1991 MariStar 240sc, 454, tower, WetSounds, Krypt and Rockford Fosgate

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          • #6
            Originally posted by j.mccreight@hotmail.com View Post
            Battery tender jr. just plug in the quick disconnect when your done, $40
            +1 on the battery tender.

            Don't use a trickle charger unless you plan on monitoring it daily. Trickle chargers don't ever turn off. Get a charger that goes into float mode (stops charging and monitors voltage).

            Battery tender = connect it and forget it... until spring.
            Jeff

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            • #7
              Originally posted by j.mccreight@hotmail.com View Post
              Battery tender jr. just plug in the quick disconnect when your done, $40
              This is what I use also, the Tender Jr is cheap and works great. Mine is always pluged in.
              OH-IO!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bsloop View Post
                Step up to an installed charger like Guest /Marinco and maintain your batteries properly though out the entire year.

                Another option either installed or mobile is the CTEK 7002 or others in their line. http://smartercharger.com/battery-chargers/
                More advanced charging and desulfation capabilities.

                Battery Tender / trickle chargers are old technology and low power.
                Batteries are a big investment and while something is better than nothing, there are better products that can significantly increase battery life.
                Hmm, not sure about the battery life comment, My current interstate battery is close to 4 yrs old and is always plugged into a battery tender jr. never has any issues.
                James

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                • #9
                  I installed a ProMariner ProSport onboard charger in my last boat - loved it. Took out that anxiety of having a dead battery on the ramp or out in the lake.

                  http://www.amazon.com/ProMariner-Pro...rds=promariner

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                  • #10
                    If you live in a cold climate I would remove the battery from the boat after you winterize the boat and keep the battery in your basement with a Battery Tender Plus on it. I did this since the boat was bought new and my factory battery lasted 9 years

                    This is the one that I have used on my Boat, Jet Ski's, Motorcycle, and cars : http://batterytender.com/battery-ten...-at-1-25a.html
                    2003 Prostar 209 MCX

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JDC View Post
                      +1 on the battery tender.

                      I have seven of the BTs in my garage. Over the years, one or another would go dead, typically from a surge when the power flicks off and back on. The first time, BT warranted their product. The last two times, they would not warranty saying that I had mine too long (I owned less than 10 years VS their 10 year warranty), so my song and dance to Battery Tender folks includes a middle hand digit aimed in that direction...

                      Don't use a trickle charger unless you plan on monitoring it daily. Trickle chargers don't ever turn off. Get a charger that goes into float mode (stops charging and monitors voltage).

                      I keep my batteries plugged in year-round. No need to take them anywhere other than their designated placement. The beauty of plug-and-play-and-forget.

                      Battery tender = connect it and forget it... until spring.
                      Done with Battery Tender due to their warranty service. After being a loyal customer for eight years, they won't honor my older warranties.. . Going to another brand...

                      +1 on a trickle charge. Ever leave a pan of boiling water on the stove forever? Same principle...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cloaked View Post
                        I have seven of the BTs in my garage. Over the years, one or another would go dead, typically from a surge when the power flicks off and back on. The first time, BT warranted their product. The last two times, they would not warranty saying that I had mine too long (I owned less than 10 years VS their 10 year warranty), so my song and dance to Battery Tender folks includes a middle hand digit aimed in that direction...

                        I keep my batteries plugged in year-round. No need to take them anywhere other than their designated placement. The beauty of plug-and-play-and-forget.

                        Done with Battery Tender due to their warranty service. After being a loyal customer for eight years, they won't honor my older warranties.. . Going to another brand...


                        +1 on a trickle charge. Ever leave a pan of boiling water on the stove forever? Same principle...
                        Sorry to hear about your bad luck with Deltran.
                        I have 5 Battery Tenders. Two of them are the older original Battery Tenders and never had a problem with any of them. My most recent is a Jr. I bought last year.
                        Last edited by JDC; 10-05-2013, 05:38 PM.
                        Jeff

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                        • #13
                          I use battery tenders on my boat and motorcycle, Plugged in all the time. no problems at all.

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                          • #14
                            The battery charger type and size should be determined by the specific application. One size definitely does not fit all.
                            Fisherman running a heavy trolling motor, fighting a wind, all day long, with a large capacity battery bank, have been dialed in on battery charger technology long before the advent of wakeboats. Just follow their lead if you have a large audio system, with a large house battery bank, and use the stereo for long durations at rest.
                            A minimum amperage smart trickle/tender/minder/maintenance charger is fine if you have a weekend car, tractor, motorcycle, ATV, UTV, etc, that is placed into storage with a fully charged cranking battery.
                            However, if you have a large capacity deep cycle battery(s) that is placed into storage with a deep discharge then you need a smart 3-stage charger with enough (but not too much) current capacity to excite the battery in order to counter the effect of sulfation. A charger using pulse technology may not need quite as much current capacity to do the job.
                            An ACR/VSR will have an impact on your dependency on a shore charger.
                            Having even an undersized charger is better than no charger at all. Batteries self-discharge several percent per month. Battery degradation is accelerated in a discharged state.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by David Analog View Post
                              The battery charger type and size should be determined by the specific application. One size definitely does not fit all.
                              Fisherman running a heavy trolling motor, fighting a wind, all day long, with a large capacity battery bank, have been dialed in on battery charger technology long before the advent of wakeboats. Just follow their lead if you have a large audio system, with a large house battery bank, and use the stereo for long durations at rest.
                              A minimum amperage smart trickle/tender/minder/maintenance charger is fine if you have a weekend car, tractor, motorcycle, ATV, UTV, etc, that is placed into storage with a fully charged cranking battery.
                              However, if you have a large capacity deep cycle battery(s) that is placed into storage with a deep discharge then you need a smart 3-stage charger with enough (but not too much) current capacity to excite the battery in order to counter the effect of sulfation. A charger using pulse technology may not need quite as much current capacity to do the job.
                              An ACR/VSR will have an impact on your dependency on a shore charger.
                              Having even an undersized charger is better than no charger at all. Batteries self-discharge several percent per month. Battery degradation is accelerated in a discharged state.
                              what you sayin' willis..
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