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Bruce
01-23-2009, 07:18 PM
I did a search but I am not really comfortable with what I found.
I have Schumacher 815G charger 60Amp start, 30/10, and 2 amp. Fully automatic. It says
not intended for tricklle charge but, it does have a maintain mode (i.e. float mode.) So can I leave it hooked up as a maintainer/tender?

Gonzo
01-23-2009, 08:01 PM
Good question, I would like to add to it, is it too late to put the maintainer on my batt? I have not been able to get to the lake and do it all winter due to one thing or another.

east tx skier
01-23-2009, 08:06 PM
Sounds like a maintainer will do the maintaining thing. They charge up, too. So unless you're going to go out tomorrow, I don't think it's to late to hook it up.

Gonzo
01-23-2009, 08:15 PM
Thanks Eastie....

TMCNo1
01-23-2009, 08:19 PM
Good question, I would like to add to it, is it too late to put the maintainer on my batt? I have not been able to get to the lake and do it all winter due to one thing or another.


Eastie's right, go for it, but it will just take a little longer to charge back up than with the average charger only function.

sand2snow22
01-23-2009, 08:51 PM
IIRC, with my maintainer if the red light doesn't come on when I hook it up the battery is TOO dead for the maintainer to work.

You can also have your local dealer install one for about $500 :confused: New option for 2009!

My $30 one works just fine :D

TMCNo1
01-23-2009, 09:35 PM
My Battery Tender Plus, 43947 http://batterytender.com/default.php?cPath=11_2&osCsid=c1801f7d7604e17536656b09889efdfc, has a red light that comes on constant while charging and until battery is up to 80% charge, then the green light flashes along with the constant red light (indicating enough cranking amperage) until the battery is 100%, then the red light goes out and the green light stays on constant while maintaining the battery @ 100%.

bigmac
01-23-2009, 09:37 PM
I don't know what an 815g is - not listed on Schumacher's web site. Must not be a current product.

If it has a float mode, sure...I'd just hook it up to charge at 2 amps and ignore it all winter, as long as you are sure it's working OK.

brucemac
01-23-2009, 09:40 PM
+1 battery tender
hook up the little quick connect plugs on the terminals and you don't have to mess with your battery box ever again. well not for a while anyway :)

Bruce
01-24-2009, 01:29 PM
I don't know what an 815g is - not listed on Schumacher's web site. Must not be a current product.

If it has a float mode, sure...I'd just hook it up to charge at 2 amps and ignore it all winter, as long as you are sure it's working OK.

I came up with a better # it is a 6000A.
Thanks for you help Mac

TMCNo1
01-24-2009, 02:49 PM
I came up with a better # it is a 6000A.
Thanks for you help Mac


You may be able to find it here, http://www.schumacherproducts.com/
but I can't seem to.

Bruce
01-24-2009, 03:47 PM
You may be able to find it here, http://www.schumacherproducts.com/
but I can't seem to.

I found it on their website. I sent them an email asking can I use it as a maintainer/tender and if so should I place it in 2amp or 10/30. I will post their response when it comes.