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Re: Trickle chargers, batteryminders?

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nebraska cowman

02-20-2013 05:03:22
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I think they are a waste of time. I never have used one. Have batteries that set all winter without being charged and they seem to last a long time.




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MisterT

02-20-2013 06:46:16
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 Re: Trickle chargers, batteryminders? in reply to nebraska cowman, 02-20-2013 05:03:22  
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I used to have the same opinion, but it seems that batteries are not of the same quality as they used to be, even though the prices have gone through the roof. I have 2 of the Schumakers and use them. They are a whole bunch less costly than a new battery. I haven't needed to replace a battery since buying and using the maintainers.



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Phil Tibbetts

02-20-2013 16:12:25
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 Re: Trickle chargers, batteryminders? in reply to MisterT, 02-20-2013 06:46:16  
I can't agree on battery quality. I remember when you were lucky to get 3 years out of a battery. I have a 2004 JD and a 2004 Kubota and they both still have the original battery in them. Same thing with car batteries, they last a lot longer. A good battery has a 84 month warranty and 3 years free replacement.



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CNKS

02-20-2013 18:45:37
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 Re: Trickle chargers, batteryminders? in reply to Phil Tibbetts, 02-20-2013 16:12:25  
I ran the original battery in my 2002 Grand Cherokee for about 7-8 years if I remember correctly, 2005 GMC pickup for 6 or 7. However I have mostly 6V on the tractors, they don't last more than a couple of years, longer if I want to jump start them every time. Going to see what I get with the maintainers.



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IH fan

02-20-2013 17:06:21
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 Re: Trickle chargers, batteryminders? in reply to Phil Tibbetts, 02-20-2013 16:12:25  
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I'm not sure about today's quality... my wifes car, '05 (build date in April) Lincoln LS with 53K is on it's 3rd "quality" battery.



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Phil Tibbetts

02-20-2013 17:56:43
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 Re: Trickle chargers, batteryminders? in reply to IH fan, 02-20-2013 17:06:21  
May be a problem with the electrical system. I remember back in the 60s I bought a new Pontiac and went through 3 batteries in a bout 6 months. That is when they first came out with idiot lights. I put in a regular amp gauge and noticed that the meter was jumping all over the place. With my brother in law's mechanical skill he found the ground wire from the engine to firewall was loose. Tightened it up and problem solved.

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Jon Hagen

02-20-2013 16:52:03
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 Re: Trickle chargers, batteryminders? in reply to Phil Tibbetts, 02-20-2013 16:12:25  
I think a big part of longer battery life is the much superior alternators with solid state regulators. The batteries no longer have to deal with over / under charging and deep cycling that is so common with a generator with an inaccurate mechanical regulator or no regulator at all.



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