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#11006502 - 07/28/15 08:56 PM Stupid battery question
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If both interstate starter batteries on a boat show approx. the same voltage which is 12.4 to 12.6. Why would one start the boat strong but the other doesn't
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#11006530 - 07/28/15 09:09 PM Re: Stupid battery question [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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One has a weak cell and you are reading a surface charge. Charge it for 24 hours, let rest for 24 hours then load test it.
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#11006586 - 07/28/15 09:32 PM Re: Stupid battery question [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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check them under load.
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#11007019 - 07/29/15 07:27 AM Re: Stupid battery question [Re: smooth move]
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Originally Posted By: smooth move
check them under load.


This. If it falls below 10V under load, replace it. You can remove the surface charge by running the starter for 5-10 seconds.
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#11010695 - 07/30/15 06:33 PM Re: Stupid battery question [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Thanks
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#11010759 - 07/30/15 07:12 PM Re: Stupid battery question [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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If you are going to load test it, it's better to actually let it rest for 24 hours after charging to allow the surface charge to dissipate. Running a load on the battery for a few seconds is probably not going to give you a reliable test.
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#11012322 - 07/31/15 03:44 PM Re: Stupid battery question [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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You have already load tested the battery`s and one failed.
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#11013299 - 08/01/15 07:17 AM Re: Stupid battery question [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Go buy a cheap digital volt meter. Affix the 2 leads to either side of the battery posts. Watch the voltage when you crank the motor(load test). If as said before your voltage drops below 10vdc, ya need a new battery!
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