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Old 12-10-2016, 12:31 PM   #1
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Should battery tenders be connected 24/7, or every other week or so?
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Old 12-10-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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I do mine and have for over 10 years now.
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Old 12-10-2016, 12:38 PM   #3
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I do mine and have for over 10 years now.
Which way? 24/7 or intermittent?
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Old 12-10-2016, 12:40 PM   #4
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I have five and also keep them connected full time. Most of my batteries are 10-12 years old so they must be effective.
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I have mine on 24/7 and have for years.
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Old 12-10-2016, 12:44 PM   #6
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I have eleven 12V batteries that I maintain. I use two Xtreme charger/desulfators, rotating every week or so.
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Old 12-10-2016, 12:51 PM   #7
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Any automatic maintainer can be left connected.. make sure your electrolyte level is over the plates...if topping off the level know what your doing as overfilling is a no-no
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Old 12-10-2016, 03:12 PM   #8
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I had defective tender which appears to have slowly drained my batter.... Once I fully recharged it my car has been on it's own for the past 14 months without any battery charger... I myself do not trust batteries left alone over night while charging but that's me...
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Old 12-10-2016, 05:17 PM   #9
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I put battery tenders or trickle chargers on all our batteries once a month for 24 hrs. At the price of hydro these days I don't see the sense in putting then on 24/7. Done it this way for many years and have never had a battery that didn't last 10 or more years.
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Old 12-10-2016, 05:24 PM   #10
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I use a solar powered tender connected 24/7.
Doesn't do much at night though.
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Old 12-10-2016, 05:51 PM   #11
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Mine are on a sensory / timer device and run from noon to 8 pm daily.
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Old 12-10-2016, 06:21 PM   #12
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Buy a $3 lamp timer at walmart and use it to turn the charger on for 1 hour a day.
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Old 12-10-2016, 07:43 PM   #13
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We have one that will charge up to six batteries at a time. One central location and long
Leads to the different cars. On 24/7
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Old 12-10-2016, 07:44 PM   #14
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I keep mine connected all the time. I keep the Deltron ones on every antique car, boat and lawn mower. These smart maintainer/chargers extend the battery life as confirmed here by other members.
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Old 12-10-2016, 08:13 PM   #15
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I do 24/7 during the winter months. During the warm months I drive them enough to keEp Them charged.
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Old 12-10-2016, 08:33 PM   #16
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What harm comes from overfilling a lead acid battery, aside from maybe increasing the risk of spill?
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When a battery is being used / and charged through normal operation small air bubbles form in each cell which release gas through the little vent in the cap. If the cell is overfilled liquid will come out with the gas which will result in acid getting on top of the battery and surrounding areas. A good height is 1/4" above the plates, along with that there is a gauge built into the battery casing for each cell to show the reccommended height.
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Buy a $3 lamp timer at walmart and use it to turn the charger on for 1 hour a day.
Used to do that when I had R/C cars and planes for the battery packs.
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Old 12-11-2016, 06:55 AM   #18
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I use a Battery Tender brand unit connected 24/7. These are automatic battery maintainers and you can monitor their activity by the red and green leds. A local storage battery manufacturer claims you can double the life of a lead acid battery by using an automatic maintainer when the vehicle is stored for more than a couple of months. This guy is in the business of selling batteries and has no reason to lie.
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which way? 24/7 or intermittent?
24/7 - both of mine are Optimas's
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I use one solar charger on my optima & maintainer on my m/c batt. 24/7 when not in use
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