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Old 10-04-2013, 10:33 PM
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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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Old 10-04-2013, 10:36 PM
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$99 optima charger.

http://www.optimabatteries.com/us/en/products/charger/
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:38 PM
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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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Old 10-04-2013, 10:49 PM
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Battery tender jr. just plug in the quick disconnect when your done, $40
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:05 AM
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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.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:56 AM
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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.
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:28 PM
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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.
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:55 PM
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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.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:35 PM
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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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Old 10-05-2013, 05:11 PM
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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
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