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Posted: 10/10/10 06:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We plan to store our 5er indoors this winter (our first cold winter since 1993!!) We will not have access to any power - should the batteries be removed so they can be trickled charged at home? If they are removed, anything else we should consider? Thanks.

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Hi,

Fully charge them, and remove any parasitic loads. The colder it is the less self discharge that happens.

* This post was edited 10/10/10 07:14am by pianotuna *


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Posted: 10/10/10 07:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A battery will sulfate if left uncharged for much over a month. This will permanently damage the plates in the battery and keep it from accepting a full change in the future. The trickle charger will stop this from happening and extend the life of the battery.


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Posted: 10/10/10 07:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remove them. Trickle charge couple of days per month and check their fluid levels.


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Posted: 10/10/10 08:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I remove my battery and check the water and add some distilled water as needed. I then put the battery in my basement on a piece of wood to keep it up off of the concrete floor and I then attach a small Battery Tender to the battery and forget about it until spring....



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garysol wrote:

I then put the battery in my basement on a piece of wood to keep it up off of the concrete floor ...


That's not required, to keep them off concrete. There is no proof that having a battery on concrete will harm them in any manner.

I do agree with trickle charging them with an automatic charger and to removing it. I do it on the trailer and my boat and have done it every year.


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Sean32 wrote:

garysol wrote:

I then put the battery in my basement on a piece of wood to keep it up off of the concrete floor ...


That's not required, to keep them off concrete. There is no proof that having a battery on concrete will harm them in any manner. .


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Posted: 10/10/10 09:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I personnally don't dedicate any time "babysitting" my batteries. I pull then cables, leave them in the trays, and lock the door for the 6 months of winter. If they survive, they survive - if not they get replaced.

4-years and going strong on the 6-volt. The boat 12-volt battery automatically fails every 5 years, so I expect the same from these 6-volts.

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Hi,

Having a battery on concrete won't discharge it--but if there is any spilling--a whole floor is much harder to replace than a piece of wood or other protection.

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Posted: 10/10/10 09:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I take my 2 out and store them in the basement, ON WOOD, and put a smart charger on them at least once a month.I do have a volt meter also hooked up to see where the voltage is.Storing on concrete will not harm the batteries according to a web site that I went to.


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