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Battery Maintenance
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:11:16 PM »
Probably asked this in the past but should I be doing anything with my batteryís during the winter? Do I need to put them on a charger or is there a battery tester I can buy to check them before heading out each spring? Iím not able to start them once a week since I keep them in the house during the winter.
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2019, 03:02:11 PM »
You could put them on a trickle charger, that would be a good idea. Personally I just start mine every few weeks and let it idle for 20 minutes, I know that isn't an option for many though.
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 03:31:28 PM »
Would something like this work? Iíve never had the need to take off the tape, so I donít know what the terminals look like?

If this would work, it would keep the GoPro and phone charged at camp, then I could get all those catfish on video. Lol
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2019, 03:46:29 PM »
You could clip that on when the boat isn't running, battery has the flat blade type terminals.
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2019, 04:13:44 PM »
Thanks Tom. Can you send me an eBay link to a battery tester? I'm curious to see what it would read.
As you know, I didn't have any problem the past 2 years with getting it started...just keeping it running, which had nothing to do with the battery of course. Hee Hee
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2019, 04:23:13 PM »
Just use a volt meter, don't need anything fancy. Charged would be more than 12.5v or more. I've had batteries last for 4-5 years before needing to replace.
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2019, 04:42:25 PM »
Wish I had the room to store them in the garage but I'd rather not have to scrape my car windshield all winter long. Lol
Don't think I have a voltmeter. I'll take a look on Amazon or eBay. Thanks
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2019, 07:31:54 PM »
Order placed, canít wait to see the reading. Guess Iíll have to remove the black tape and retaps when finished l.
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2019, 08:27:59 PM »
Yeah the tape is just to keep anything from touching. I usually put a plastic sleeve over them but the extra wiring I did there made it too thick to fit.. so tape was the ticket.
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2019, 10:04:44 AM »
If you haven't moved to the lithium battery yet it is well worth it.   Will save you 9lbs and is super dependable.  mine started up no problem after sitting thru a michigan winter.

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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2019, 10:09:19 AM »
Good to know. Have a link?  >:D
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2019, 07:16:20 PM »
Finally tested my battery after 2 years, guess itís looking like I can go fishing tomorrow?
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2019, 07:42:24 PM »
That's a full charge, go catch the big one!  >:D
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Re: Battery Maintenance
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2019, 07:23:29 PM »
Finally tested my battery after 2 years, guess itís looking like I can go fishing tomorrow?

Just as Tom stated, it does look exactly like a full charge right after taking battery off trickle charger. However, a completely failed  battery might show exactly the same.  A much better test is battery under load, but that requires more than a multimeter. Easy alternative is to load your battery moderately for a little while and check voltage afterwards. If the voltage drops below 12.2-12.3 V, the battery will likely need to be replaced.

P.S. I realize that "moderately for a short while" is quite vague, but I'd be happy to help with that if need be.