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Barnacle Bill
02-21-2006, 01:41 PM
I read in the directions that come with these batteries that you shouldn't leave any type of charger hooked to them after charging. Does anyone leave their onboard charger hooked up to them?

redfisher
02-21-2006, 02:13 PM
I also use delco voyager batteries for my trolling batteries, and I leave my
onboard charger hooked up at all times. It does say not to leave them hooked up but I have not had any problems with mine. I use a Blue Top
Optima battery for my cranking and accessories. It cost a little more but
it is well worth the extra money.

CatFan
02-21-2006, 02:14 PM
I read in the directions that come with these batteries that you shouldn't leave any type of charger hooked to them after charging. Does anyone leave their onboard charger hooked up to them?

Yes. Most batteries say something to this effect. More damage is done by undercharging than overcharging. You need to make sure you are using a charger that has a maintenance mode, and check the water if they have removeable vents.

Eager Beaver
02-21-2006, 03:30 PM
My idea of the onboard charger was that it keeps the batteries topped off. After it fully charges them the charger just uses enough juice to do a trickle charge to keep them topped off. I leave mine hooked up all year and have it plugged when the boat isn't on the water. Then I don't have to wonder if the batteries need charging when I am ready to go fishing.

J White
02-21-2006, 04:31 PM
I read in the directions that come with these batteries that you shouldn't leave any type of charger hooked to them after charging. Does anyone leave their onboard charger hooked up to them?

Yes sir, I read that too. But even though it made me feel a little uneasy,
I have always left my Dual-pro hooked up and plugged in 24/7 when I'm
not on the water - have never noticed any ill effects yet.

Barnacle Bill
02-21-2006, 04:37 PM
Yes sir, I read that too. But even though it made me feel a little uneasy,
I have always left my Dual-pro hooked up and plugged in 24/7 when I'm
not on the water - have never noticed any ill effects yet.

Hey Jeff, are you using a 5 or 10 amp per line? I'm going to replace mine this sat and BPS is going to have a pretty good sale on them. I'm thinking about going to the 10 amp since its $120 off.

J White
02-21-2006, 04:58 PM
The one I have is a two bank "XL", I believe it is 5 amps per bank.
Had it since '97, I think the one that took it's place (in their model line-up) is 6 per bank.
I usually don't get to go two days in a row, so charging time hasn't
been an issue, but what few times I have looked at it early the next morn
after plugging it in at "dark-thirty", it has always been full-charged already.
And that is after running them down pretty far too!