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#11489549 - 03/20/16 05:12 PM Dead Battery
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This morning when I went out to the boat nothing worked but the trolling motor. I had green lights across all 4 batteries-3 for the TM and one for the starting battery. But the starting battery was completely dead so I replaced it and everything works.

My question-if the starting battery was dead why was it still showing a green light on the bank charger?
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#11490607 - 03/21/16 08:37 AM Re: Dead Battery [Re: kirbydog]
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Light is not reliable seen many times especially on the lights built into the boat like some Skeeters.
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#11490777 - 03/21/16 09:34 AM Re: Dead Battery [Re: kirbydog]
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Dual-Pro? Indicator lights are a pretty common failure on these.
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#11491114 - 03/21/16 12:24 PM Re: Dead Battery [Re: kirbydog]
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If the lights just measure voltage then they are useless. I have had numerous batteries that showed good volts but did not have the required amps.
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#11491228 - 03/21/16 01:01 PM Re: Dead Battery [Re: kirbydog]
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I just had the same thing happen and found the cables were not tight on the cranking battery! 4 bank Minkotta.

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#11491330 - 03/21/16 01:40 PM Re: Dead Battery [Re: Stump jumper]
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Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
If the lights just measure voltage then they are useless. I have had numerous batteries that showed good volts but did not have the required amps.


Very true. A cell in the battery can die, and will still display the proper voltage under no load. But the battery won't be able to deliver 12V power at all.

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#11491373 - 03/21/16 01:52 PM Re: Dead Battery [Re: forkduc]
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Originally Posted By: forkduc
I just had the same thing happen and found the cables were not tight on the cranking battery! 4 bank Minkotta.


You should be using lock-nuts on at least the cranking battery. This recommendation is quite common with outboard manufacturers as an open-circuit for the battery connection can result in engine electrical component damage.

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#11491656 - 03/21/16 03:56 PM Re: Dead Battery [Re: Flippin-Out]
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Thanks, I'll see whats there tomorrow. Sure make sense.

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