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Old 09-22-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Off season battery care

Don't worry I'm not calling it a season yet Actually will camp throughout the winter on the nicer weekends but can get bitter here in SW MO. Just curious if folks take their batteries out and place them on a quality charger/maintainer/conditioner, or just let them sit. Just planning ahead and needing to determine how many batteries my new maintainer will need to accomodate (mower, tractor, TT, etc.)
Secondly, for how long will you let them sit before placing them on a maintainer? 1 month, 2 months, couple weeks, etc.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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I put our unit away Nov 1 every year here near St. Louis. I remove the battry and put it in the garage, not heated but wont freeze, and install a battry tender. I put it on for a half month, then remove and put it on the lawn mower battry for a half month, then the motorcycle battry for half month. Then start the cycle over.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:33 PM   #3
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I also take out my battery and put it on a battery tender in my garage.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:44 PM   #4
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What's off season? ohh you mean for those of you that don't live in Southern Ca -- you people that have seasons.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:05 PM   #5
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We use the BatteryMinder 12248 and I remove the RV battery and place it down in the basement connected to the charger. I then watch for its cycle to complete, disconnect it, then let it sit for 18hrs and take a reading. If there are problems they should show up during maintenance or checking its charge.

I'll have four more 12Vs golf cart batteries to maintain this winter too. All of my 12V are lead-acid.

You can leave the charger/maintainer on for extended periods of time if you choose. Since I will be bouncing around with 5-12V units I hope to allow enough time to maintain all 5. We'll see how that goes, but I'm optimistic !
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You should top off the water level , give it a full charge , I put mine in the basement so it wont get too cold , and in the spring check the charge , and its good to go
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Distilled water is recommended.
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One more tip--
I use water miser caps -- it keeps the water from cooking out- and makes filling the calls with distilled water easy. Search Water Miser--
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:36 PM   #9
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Thanks all for the replies. Is it still true not to set batteries on concrete? I know years ago it was a no-no and I've always put my batteries on a 2x of some sort, but just wondering if that is true with today's batteries.
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Thanks all for the replies. Is it still true not to set batteries on concrete? I know years ago it was a no-no and I've always put my batteries on a 2x of some sort, but just wondering if that is true with today's batteries.
It's OK to set batteries on concrete now.
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