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Old 04-29-2018, 07:32 PM
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I have a club car villager 6 with a gas motor. I have installed a wet sounds sound bar and sub. When we aren’t using the cart I would like to keep the battery topped off. Any one have any good experience with somthing that isn’t to expensive.
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I have a 3amp Charger/maintainer I use for the boat in the off season. Carquest brand from advance auto, was less than $40. So far so good for the last two winters
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I think you may need a battery tender that kicks off when fully charged vs. a trickle charger. There is a difference. I use battery tenders on 3 boats and the motorcycle.
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I have read about the battery tender brand. Kind of scared about them starting a fire. Do you know of any other brand?
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Been using one on my truck for 3 years with no problem.
Old 04-29-2018, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Florida Flow View Post
I have read about the battery tender brand. Kind of scared about them starting a fire. Do you know of any other brand?
When people talk about a battery tender, they are often referring to the type of product, which is a maintainer, not a trickle charger.
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I have a noco genius 7200. Works great for my car.
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Originally Posted by Stray Current View Post
I have a 3amp Charger/maintainer I use for the boat in the off season. Carquest brand from advance auto, was less than $40. So far so good for the last two winters
I have the same type of unit except from Auto Zone. I use them on an X5 and Escalade. Have gone a couple years without any problems. Still going

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I have a Deltran battery tender and sometimes leave it running on the boat for weeks at a time. This thread got me to do a search and from Deltran's web site they state any thing can go bad or malfunction, especially a battery developing a dead cell. This would cause constant charging and possible fire hazard.
Sounds like any charging device could be in that category.
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Battery Tender or Schumacher will suffice, been using both for years without issue and batteries stay topped off.
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Take a look at the Ctek chargers - generally regarded as the best low amperage charger/maintainer on the market. I use the Ctek MUS 4.3 (about $60) on my Corvette. https://smartercharger.com/
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Battery tender. Millions of motorcyclists can't be wrong.
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Ctek smart chargers, best out there,Battery Tenders are junk, Harbor freight are better than BT, a million HD riders are wrong
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Battery tender. Millions of motorcyclists can't be wrong.
Replacing the battery on my Ducati is a ridiculous task that involves messing with the seat, upper tank cover, breather, fuel line, fuel tank, fuel sensor, main wiring harness, lambda sensor, and finally retaining strap and battery cables. There are about 10 pages in the owner's manual devoted to how to take out the battery.

So yes, mine stays plugged in to a battery tender all the time. I only unplug it to go ride, and ten plug it back in again.
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I've not been doing the tender, always just worried about them causing a fire in my absence. Since I never have heard of that happening and that now it seems batteries last 2 years instead of 4 or 5, I'll get a few.
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Can't beat these. I have about 10 of them...use them on ATVs, boats, classic cars, lawn tractor, you name it. They work great.
https://www.harborfreight.com/automa...ger-69955.html

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