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Onboard charger question #12743224 05/04/18 05:10 PM
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I have a newly installed Minnkota 3 bank onboard charging system.
I fish usually 1 or 2 days a week.
Batteries never get worn out....should I keep the unit plugged in all the time or only the night before a trip.
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Re: Onboard charger question [Re: Fish2222] #12743254 05/04/18 05:31 PM
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The smart chargers (automatic) will stop charging when batteries are full. They will keep them topped off when they need it. Plug them in when you get back and unplug them when you go.

Re: Onboard charger question [Re: Fish2222] #12743274 05/04/18 05:44 PM
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Night before is what I do.
Some how something went wrong with the pro series I used to have and before the one channel failed it killed my Electronic control module.
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Re: Onboard charger question [Re: Fish2222] #12743285 05/04/18 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted By: Fish2222
I have a newly installed Minnkota 3 bank onboard charging system.
I fish usually 1 or 2 days a week.
Batteries never get worn out....should I keep the unit plugged in all the time or only the night before a trip.
Learning as I go folks.


If it's a new Minn Kota, then you are able to leave it plugged in 24/7. As said above, it will cut off when the batteries are fully charged, then it will periodically "test" the batteries to see if they've drawn down. If so, it will charge it until full again then repeat.


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Re: Onboard charger question [Re: Fish2222] #12743522 05/04/18 08:57 PM
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I would say the battery type and brand should also be taken into consideration. Im running AGM batteries by Odyssey and its reccommended that they are charged with a high end charger and stay plugged in. However, I had issues keeping the batteries on the charger when I use to run wet batteries. Every setup is different so you have to find the best way of charging for your particular setup.

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yes leave it plugged in

if you have wet batteries check the water level in them every few months, top off with distilled water

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I have a Minn Kota 4 bank and leave mine plugged in 24/7.


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Re: Onboard charger question [Re: Fish2222] #12743827 05/05/18 01:00 AM
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I've got a Dual Pro three bank charger and always plug it up immediately when I get home...I left it plugged up for several years with no problems but my boat sits under an open carport with several big pine trees nearby...the thought occurred to me that if lightning hits one of those trees,it could easily jump over and fry everything in my boat so I started unhooking my charger, usually the morning after I get back home and I plug it back in again periodically to make sure batteries stay topped off...

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