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Old 03-19-2013, 06:53 PM
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Disconnecting/reconnecting battery

Quick question for you guys, last week I was hooking up my battery and I noticed the place who winterized it only disconnected the black cable from the battery... What do you guys do when you disconnect your battery for long periods of non-use?
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Quick question for you guys, last week I was hooking up my battery and I noticed the place who winterized it only disconnected the black cable from the battery... What do you guys do when you disconnect your battery for long periods of non-use?
I do not disconnect for storage. I use a Battery Tender. One of the best gadgets in my garage.

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I do not disconnect for storage. I use a Battery Tender. One of the best gadgets in my garage.

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Cool. Thanks for the reply. I have my boat in storage which unfortunately doesn't have an electrical outlet. Lame, I know.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:12 PM
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Personally, if I was going to remove only one cable it would be the red or positive, but it really makes no difference, as long as the circuit is broken. I remove my battery and leave it in the basement over the winter, but it gets extremely cold here and I'd rather not have it freeze.
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Personally, if I was going to remove only one cable it would be the red or positive, but it really makes no difference, as long as the circuit is broken. I remove my battery and leave it in the basement over the winter, but it gets extremely cold here and I'd rather not have it freeze.
I guess that's why I was caught a little off guard... I would have thought it would be the red one too. Oh well.
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I usually only yank one cable. I am not sure which post is the easiest to get to... i think it is the positive. Either way, as long as the circuit is broken, the battery is not going to power anything wirelessly.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:28 PM
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I usually only yank one cable. I am not sure which post is the easiest to get to... i think it is the positive. Either way, as long as the circuit is broken, the battery is not going to power anything wirelessly.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:51 PM
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Quick question for you guys, last week I was hooking up my battery and I noticed the place who winterized it only disconnected the black cable from the battery... What do you guys do when you disconnect your battery for long periods of non-use?
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Cool. Thanks for the reply. I have my boat in storage which unfortunately doesn't have an electrical outlet. Lame, I know.
Then I would remove it from the boat, take it home and put it on a tender during the off season.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:02 PM
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For some reason, most repair manuals start with 1) Disconnect negative battery cable.

I have no idea why the negative is done, but here is a purported reason:
http://7faq.com/owbase/ow.asp?GoodEn...tingTheBattery
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:15 PM
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Supposedly if you disconnect the negative cable first and install last it will prevent arcing. That's how I was taught in automotive college, and I'd never paid any attention before. But I can say 75% of the ones I unhook negative first arc anyway


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