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    Default Battery Trickle Charger?

    I was thinking my battery might last a little longer with the proper maintainance.
    Does anyone use a trickle charger on theirs?
    I was thinking of something like a motorcycle "battery tender" to keep it up to snuff when sitting, but don't know if this is enough as they are around 700 to a 1000 ma.
    What do you suggest?

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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    I use a battery float charger which is designed to keep 12 volt batteries in top charge without overcharging It has worked well on my B7800 and the weather has been in the -16 range for lows the last few days. I bought mine at Harbor Freight on sale.

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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    When low.use DISTILLED water to refil...and when not in use for quite awhile...stick the strickle charger on it. 1/2 amp to 1 1/2 amp...it will do fine.
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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    I have about 8 of the Schumacher battery tenders. I have them on everthing from cars and trucks in storage, tractors, my mobile service truck and lawn mowers. One of them is installed in one of my garages to keep 3 new batteries toped off and ready for use and it does a great job. Their small, waterproof and seem to last forever. It turns on and off automatically to keep the batteries fresh.

    These are the ones I use.
    SE-1-12S - Schumacher Chargers - 877-746-2288 Live Help

    They also make a smaller one.
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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    My favorite is the BatteryMINDer. Desulfates, charges, and maintains.

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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    Quote Originally Posted by DickS
    My favorite is the BatteryMINDer. Desulfates, charges, and maintains.
    I just bought one, it was a little more $ than I wanted to spend but the technology sold me. Any recomendations ?

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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    Quote Originally Posted by DieselPower
    I have about 8 of the Schumacher battery tenders. I have them on everthing from cars and trucks in storage, tractors, my mobile service truck and lawn mowers. One of them is installed in one of my garages to keep 3 new batteries toped off and ready for use and it does a great job. Their small, waterproof and seem to last forever. It turns on and off automatically to keep the batteries fresh.

    These are the ones I use.
    SE-1-12S - Schumacher Chargers - 877-746-2288 Live Help
    I have 4 of those..and they work fine! Wally World DID have them for $22.95
    Kubota B3030 with 40 amp alternator kit; LA403 FEL; 60 inch backblade; sub-soiler; ballast box; EzMover hitch; Payne clamp-on bucket forks; a HD set of smaller discs and a 60" landscape rake with dolly wheels
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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    Quote Originally Posted by DickS
    My favorite is the BatteryMINDer. Desulfates, charges, and maintains.
    I wouldnt trust one to actually "desulfate" a battery! Charge and maintain...yepper...but ya need some higher voltage and higher amps to actually desulfate a battery's plates.
    Kubota B3030 with 40 amp alternator kit; LA403 FEL; 60 inch backblade; sub-soiler; ballast box; EzMover hitch; Payne clamp-on bucket forks; a HD set of smaller discs and a 60" landscape rake with dolly wheels
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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    At least around here, the Wally World has a black-and-decker 2A "smart" charger for about $18. It's been on my BX since November and seems to do the trick - although the quick disconnect that comes with is too short so you have to leave the grill off.

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    Default Re: Battery Trickle Charger?

    Best deal is u have a Harbor Freight Store near by, $7.49 and sometimes less then $5. Been using one for 3 years now on the 73 Caddy, works great.

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    I also use one of these solar units on the BX since I have no power in the shed. Battery is from 02, still working.

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