Battery Charger?

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Battery Charger?

Postby Grand Chillin » Sat May 15, 2010 7:32 pm

I already posted this question in the electric power section and now per Pirate's suggestion I'm posting it here. Here is what I have. A friend out of the kindest of his heart gave me a brand new Optima D34M Blue Top Deep Cycle Battery. A $200.00 gift. What he didn't know was I was almost ready to buy a $90.00 battery and would still need a new charger. So the way I see it I'm getting a top of the line battery and charger for the price of a charger. What I'm looking for are recommendations on chargers. Having never owned one of these new batteries I don't want to mess it up by using my shop charger. Been there done that. If anybody is using an Optima and has a suggestion let me know. Thanks
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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby upspirate » Sat May 15, 2010 8:59 pm

Chip,what type of battery is that? A gel type, AGM or what?

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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Grand Chillin » Sat May 15, 2010 9:08 pm

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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby upspirate » Sat May 15, 2010 9:23 pm

Well,that gives the charge specs for a lead acid type of battery....my books are old and probably don't cover the modern types of chargers that would work best for this battery.

I just looked and my book is from 1983....lots of advances since then.

I'd call or E-mail the company and ask their recommendation and how to gage when and how much discharge and charge rates

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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Trackhappy » Sun May 16, 2010 2:19 am

"Always use a voltage regulated battery charger with limits set to the above ratings"


This is the important bit. Most high quality chargers should be voltage controlled. Look for 3 stage chargers, and look at SUV chargers as they use these type of batteries. Sorry I can't be specific, different country.
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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Fifty Plus » Sun May 16, 2010 10:31 am

I used a Charles 2000SP 15 amp charger on Fifty Plus.

http://www.charlesindustries.com/Marine ... lowres.pdf

I think the numbers are correct for your battery.
I use it on 2 battey banks and it has worked very well.

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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby upspirate » Sun May 16, 2010 11:28 am

One other question Chip....do you want a charger that's permanently installed in the boat and wired in?

Or one that just clips on and you use it in your shop?

Do you need adaptability for different types of battery's?

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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Grand Chillin » Sun May 16, 2010 12:21 pm

Trackhappy wrote:
"Always use a voltage regulated battery charger with limits set to the above ratings"


This is the important bit. Most high quality chargers should be voltage controlled. Look for 3 stage chargers, and look at SUV chargers as they use these type of batteries. Sorry I can't be specific, different country.

Track,
I was looking at a 3 stage charger from Minn Kota that I liked and could use on other batteries until I learned Minn Kota doesn't recommend using their chargers on Optima batteries. :(

Fifty Plus wrote:I used a Charles 2000SP 15 amp charger on Fifty Plus.

http://www.charlesindustries.com/Marine ... lowres.pdf

I think the numbers are correct for your battery.
I use it on 2 battey banks and it has worked very well.

Carl,
Thanks for the link. I will check them out.
upspirate wrote:One other question Chip....do you want a charger that's permanently installed in the boat and wired in?

Or one that just clips on and you use it in your shop?

Do you need adaptability for different types of battery's?


Pirate,
A portable unit would be fine and one that could be used on other batteries a plus.


Guys,
Here is the charger one Optima dealer recommends at $125.00. :shock:
http://www.1stoptimabatterystore.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=24
I'm starting to think that the big box battery and charger I was looking at might be my best bet.
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Re: Battery Charger?

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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Grand Chillin » Sun May 16, 2010 1:18 pm

Thanks, I hadn't shopped it yet. $109.00 and free shipping is a little better. Best of all, with you on vacation this week I might even get it on time and in one piece. :shock: :wink: :P :lol: I'm sorry I couldn't help myself. :lol:
I have read a little more about the charger. It is portable or can be mounted. It can be used on multiple types of batteries and best of all can be used to revive batteries that have been totally discharged. I'm off to see the Admiral with a sad face on. Wish me luck. :D
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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby upspirate » Sun May 16, 2010 1:23 pm

Grand Chillin wrote:. Best of all, with you on vacation this week I might even get it on time and in one piece. :shock: :wink: :P :lol: I'm sorry I couldn't help myself. :lol:
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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Grand Chillin » Sun May 16, 2010 1:33 pm

First Dave Lott and now you. Looks like I'm out gunned and out numbered. :shock: :( :lol:
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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby ttownshaw » Sun May 16, 2010 2:54 pm

This is the one I've got and I like it a lot. Not the best and not the cheapest either but it does the job.

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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Grand Chillin » Sun May 16, 2010 3:13 pm

Bill,
What kind of settings does it have?
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Re: Battery Charger?

Postby Trackhappy » Sun May 16, 2010 3:17 pm

The C-Tek charger, I can recommend. We have those here and my little Brother has one for his Semi. 7 modes, all the fancy stuff. Not too cheap though. Best of luck with "Er Indoors". ;)
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