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#11561988 - 04/24/16 09:43 AM Batteries and maint
Jason1976 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/16
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Loc: Mesquite
How does everyone charge there batteries. Onboard charger tender etc... ???. Having a problem with my onboard charger was curious if there is an easier way
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#11562290 - 04/24/16 01:57 PM Re: Batteries and maint [Re: Jason1976]
dimitri Offline
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dosnt get much easier than an on board charger imo! i just upgraded to a 4 bank because i was tired of having to manually charge my starting battery after every fishing trip.

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#11562318 - 04/24/16 02:14 PM Re: Batteries and maint [Re: Jason1976]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
Onboard smart charger - used immediately after each boat outing. What onboard charger do you think you're having problems with? (Hint, most of the time the problem is a battery, not the charger.)

What could be easier than a permanently connected onboard smart charger?.....answer: nothing.

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#11562942 - 04/24/16 08:19 PM Re: Batteries and maint [Re: Jason1976]
Jason1976 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/16
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Loc: Mesquite
I have a red light on my minnkota 210d it says connection problem. Ive checked connections
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#11563092 - 04/24/16 09:23 PM Re: Batteries and maint [Re: Jason1976]
RHP Offline
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Onboard Motorguide charger plugged in as soon as I come off the water.

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#11563956 - 04/25/16 11:07 AM Re: Batteries and maint [Re: Jason1976]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
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Originally Posted By: Jason1976
I have a red light on my minnkota 210d it says connection problem. Ive checked connections


Do you have a voltmeter? Most "charger problems" end up being battery problems. Check the voltage of the problem battery and report results here.

Your charger has a fuse in each battery lead of the charger wiring. If either fuse is blown, you'll get a connection problem warning. Did you check those fuses? Swap both with the ones from another set of charger leads to see if the problem moves to the other battery. If the same battery still has the problem, continue below.

If the fuse swap doesn't change things, remove the charger leads from two batteries and swap them. Turn the charger back on and note whether the connection problem warning moved also.

If the connection problem warning did not move, you have a faulty charger output (assuming the fuse was confirmed to be good).

If the connection problem warning moved to the other charger output, you have a bad battery that is not accepting a charge. Batteries that are severely discharged (or about to fail) have a voltage so low that the charger will not recognize that the battery is "there" even though it is connected. Your charger will give a warning in this case.

If you have deeply discharged a battery that won't charge with a smart charger, you can sometimes get it back by first charging it for a few hours with an old-school manual battery charger. THEN, reconnect the smart charger and try charging it. Regardless, you may be about to need a battery if this is happening. Consider getting that battery checked at an auto parts store. I think you have a bad battery, and not a charger problem.


Edited by Flippin-Out (04/25/16 11:18 AM)

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#11565336 - 04/25/16 09:00 PM Re: Batteries and maint [Re: Jason1976]
Jason1976 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/16
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Loc: Mesquite
Thanks for all the help guys i will do this for sure asap
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