Like Tree0Likes

Trickle Chargers...

Reply
Old 01-04-2002, 06:09 PM
  #1
Forum Regulator
VIP Member
Thread Starter
Trade Score: (1)
 
Sydwayz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Worldwide
My Boats: 17' Speedliner Cat & O.P.B.
Posts: 21,920
Post Trickle Chargers...

I went to Wal-Mart and picked up their last two Marine Use battry chargers, 12 Volt, 10 Amp. They were $30 each. I bring them home and one isn't working right; so I take it back. Now I cannot find another that matches what I have at ANY Wal-Mart.

What do you all have for Trickle Chargers? Where did you get them, and what did they cost? I have not even looked at any of the Marine places, because I know they will be expensive. I want two matching units, so I do not have to rotate them, or worry. Is that too much to ask? I do not want to spend more than $80 for both. I think that is reasonable.

Brian
Sydwayz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2002, 06:11 PM
  #2
Donzi33ZX
Gold Member
 
BryanTuvell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Suffolk, VA
My Boats: 2003 Donzi 33ZX
Posts: 731
Post

Brian, I got mine from Advance auto for $39 bucks I think... it has a gauge and also the 2amp trickle setting.
Bryan
BryanTuvell is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2002, 07:41 PM
  #3
kook
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thumbs up

Sears has got 'em too. 50/10/2 amp - forget price. Most all decent chargers automatically adjust the current as the battery charges up, so as not to over-charge - if it says "automatic", it probably has this feature. The days of the "manual" chargers are numbered.
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2002, 12:24 AM
  #4
Registered
 
Red Stripe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Twin Lake, Michigan
My Boats: 1998 PowerQuest 240 Antera SX
Posts: 878
Post

got mine a Sears also. Totaly automatic!! I think I bought mine for 45 on sale. Has a switch for deep cell batteries too!
Red Stripe is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2002, 01:26 AM
  #5
Charter Member #232
Charter Member
 
Audiofn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Carlisle, MA USA
My Boats: 1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
Posts: 18,379
Post

Use one charger then get two battery cables from pep boys (about 5 bucks each and have one charger do both batteries. If you are just keeping them charged on trickle you do not need more then one amp to keep them fully charged. So your one charger is enough. It is not engough to charge a dead deep cycle but that is another thread

Jon
__________________
Put your best foot forward!
Audiofn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2002, 02:28 AM
  #6
Registered
 
Andy Buzz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Tampa, FL USA
My Boats: 2000 Outerlimits
Posts: 416
Post

I recommend the Guest chargers. They offer a twin output 5 or 10 amp unit capable of charging and maintainting either battery independantly. The chargers are completely sealed and are designed to be mounted in the boat and left hardwired to the batteries. When you are done boating, you plug er in and the Guest takes care of the rest till the nest time you go boating. The independant circuits feed power to the battery that need a charge only as needed and by keeping them independant, if you have a bad cell or had left something on...... You get the picture.
Andy Buzz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2002, 03:29 PM
  #7
Registered
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Kingsville----lake erie
My Boats: 97 41' Saber --Ancestral Spirit
Posts: 1,328
Post

The guest chargers are nice in idea, but after owning seventeen of them in the last 3 years i can tell you they are hard on batteries. I had them installed in some electric carts that we use on a daily basis, and ran into trouble with them cooking batteries--even marine gel cells. Now maybe as a trickle they will be alright, we used them to bring low batteries to 90%+. I just found when they were hooked to 2 batteries 1 would get overcharged and the other would be alright. I'm now using a compact single battery charger that i get from a local supplier, it's got a microprocessor in it and will detect the state and charge that the battery is in- great units-not a fried battery since.
delsol is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2002, 04:51 PM
  #8
Charter Member #1055/Moderator
Charter Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
GO4BROKE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: CNY
My Boats: Sonic 386
Posts: 4,579
Post

I have the Guest dual battery charger. It works well but I wouldn't recommend leaving it on all the time. They always keep a small current going, if the battery is fully charged, it is too much. Only the best chargers drop to 0 when the battery doesnt need to charge. I plug the shore power in once a month while the boat is stored for the winter. Seems to work well that way.
__________________
[img][/img]
GO4BROKE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2002, 11:49 PM
  #9
Forum Regulator
VIP Member
Thread Starter
Trade Score: (1)
 
Sydwayz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Worldwide
My Boats: 17' Speedliner Cat & O.P.B.
Posts: 21,920
Post

I went to Sears today. I bought two permanent install automatic chargers for $29 bucks each. I will cycle them on and off once in a while. Nice units; and thanks for everyone's inputs.

Brian
Sydwayz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2002, 11:23 AM
  #10
Registered
 
Shorty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: LOTO / Overland Park, KS
My Boats: 1999 Mach1 290
Posts: 375
Post

I got a 2amp trickle charger w/full charge shutoff. Even with that, I've noticed that you have to watch the water level in the batteries.
Shorty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
glassdave
General Q & A
4
10-06-2008 08:31 PM
Sydwayz
General Boating Discussion
15
10-22-2004 11:16 AM
mobilecal
General Q & A
2
05-30-2004 09:51 AM
dockrocker
General Boating Discussion
28
05-07-2003 07:09 PM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:54 PM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.