Re: [SJ-24] Re: Keeping battery charged
- Dave, as a saftey thing, when I use a Trickle Charger I allways remove/replace the battery and do it onshore. I have seen a battery leaking from being charged. I felt a side of it that didnt have acid running down it, and that sucker was ready to blow.
One feller down here uses Shore Power, 110v, to keep his charged, but he has it on one of them Timers that shut off after an hour, and restart 24hrs later.
by the way, I can relate to the Lake Michigan as a 'Bluewater' boating experience. I was on it one day and the waves were Surfable!
----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Brezina
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 12:18 PM
Subject: [SJ-24] Re: Keeping battery charged
Here's the latest on the battery situation. First, I consulted with
my partner, a chemist, and former electrical officer on a WWII/Korea
vintage submarine. After I gave him a detailed explanation of the
facts and the measurements I performed, his considered opinion was
that "sometimes batteries are wierd." Sort of reminds me of the
opinion on lightning protection by the esteemed engineer on this
group: "moor next to a boat with a taller mast."
But seriously, since I now have shore power available for the first
time, I upgraded to a permanent charger. I was expecting a big
installation project -- bolting a rectangular box in a sailboat,
connecting electricals, etc. Turns out the thing fits easily in the
port locker, and I wired it to the No.1 and No.2 terminals on the
master switch, plugged it in to the AC and got the green indicator
light, just like it works perfectly. The charger is a Guest 2611
rated to charge two 12 v. batteries, to a total of 200 Ah continuous,
and it comes with all the cables attached.
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