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O2BESOHUGE
05-01-2012, 11:51 AM
What Do You Guys Use For Your Battery? What Charger? I Had An Optima Red Top In My Boat For The Past 4 Years And Never Touched It During The Winter And In The Spring - It Fires Up Every Time.

Except This Year! It Was Put In The Boat In May Of 2008.

Im Guessing A Battery Every 4 Years Aint Bad?

Jay

SilviaMan
05-01-2012, 12:03 PM
I remove for winter and stick on a battery maintainer in the shop.
Last year I put in a napa sure start 65 that we had here... worked very well.

O2BESOHUGE
05-01-2012, 12:10 PM
Leave It Charging All Winter? Or Take It Off Occasionally?

ttu
05-01-2012, 12:13 PM
i also use a battery maintainer during the winter (non stop) and if i am not using the boat for a couple weeks will hook the maintainer back up.

swardco
05-01-2012, 12:29 PM
I pull mine and put it on a Battery Tender. The Battery Tender is a "smart" charger. Only charging with a trickle and only charging when the voltage drops below a threshold.

pmkkdx
05-01-2012, 12:43 PM
I pull mine and put it on a Battery Tender. The Battery Tender is a "smart" charger. Only charging with a trickle and only charging when the voltage drops below a threshold.

ditto ... with switch open to both batteries.

SilviaMan
05-01-2012, 12:45 PM
Yes I leave it on there all winter. My situation is a bit different, we have an auto repair shop and we keep the batteries we sell on a rack with a 10 battery maintainer. I just slide my battery in there for the winter months. :D

ricford
05-02-2012, 07:35 PM
I take mine out in the fall and it sits in my basement (on a piece of wood, not directly on concrete) all winter. In the spring I put it in the boat and go. My batteries last in excess of 6 years.

Cloaked
05-02-2012, 09:33 PM
I keep a Battery Tender on all of my batteries year-round. Plug and play with an extended cord.

batterymart dot com.

MCVOLS
05-03-2012, 09:34 AM
+1 more for the battery tender on all winter. Just dewinterized last night in the driveway, started right up. As others have stated, if I will be off the water more than a week, I plug it back in just in case.

76S&S
05-03-2012, 09:45 AM
My boat stays on a lift at the lake year round, so I have a battery maintainer that I plug up anytime the boat isn't being used. Works great and really seems to help with the battery life.

Mine is a Black & Decker ($20) which I can't find anymore or I would buy several more.