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Charging batteries #13836617 01/07/21 10:17 PM
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Is it bad to leave an onboard charger in use for a long period of time (like say 1-2 weeks straight)? Is it bad for the batteries?

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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Stratos2011] #13836621 01/07/21 10:18 PM
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NOPE. A good charger will trickle and then shut down when batteries are completely charged.


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Re: Charging batteries [Re: HARD WORKN HAROLD] #13836636 01/07/21 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by HARD WORKN HAROLD
NOPE. A good charger will trickle and then shut down when batteries are completely charged.


This

I would add...it's always a good piece of mind to check them so they don't boil over if the water isn't maintained correctly. If they are AGM batteries no worries at all.

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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Stratos2011] #13836755 01/07/21 11:54 PM
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I leave mine plugged in 24/7/365.


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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Stratos2011] #13836852 01/08/21 12:55 AM
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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Stratos2011] #13836899 01/08/21 01:19 AM
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Nope they're designed to stay plugged in... A better question is... Do you feel lucky enough to leave it plugged in that long???... It only takes once and poof... Dan


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Re: Charging batteries [Re: avid_basser] #13836992 01/08/21 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by avid_basser
Originally Posted by HARD WORKN HAROLD
NOPE. A good charger will trickle and then shut down when batteries are completely charged.


This

I would add...it's always a good piece of mind to check them so they don't boil over if the water isn't maintained correctly. If they are AGM batteries no worries at all.

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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Dan21XRS] #13837112 01/08/21 03:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan21XRS
Nope they're designed to stay plugged in... A better question is... Do you feel lucky enough to leave it plugged in that long???... It only takes once and poof... Dan


Definitely pull the trolling motor plug and/or flip the circuit breaker.
Doesn’t hurt to have a surge protector between the wall outlet and the onboard charger(s)


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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Stratos2011] #13837255 01/08/21 12:41 PM
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If you have AGM or lithiums and your battery is not being pulled down, its totally unnecessary to keep them on a charger. I religiously charge my trolling motor batteries every three weeks during the winter.
I just charged them last week. When I hooked the charger up it took 10 seconds for one battery to shut off and another minute for the other trolling motor battery.

Evidently my starting battery sees some drain. I charge it every week and it takes a couple minutes to shut off.
Mine are 7 year old Optimas and yes, I don't fish as often as I used to.


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Mine stay plugged in 365 days a year when the boat is on the trailer.. If you have a trickle charger then no it's no issue


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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Stratos2011] #13838657 01/09/21 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Stratos2011
Is it bad to leave an onboard charger in use for a long period of time (like say 1-2 weeks straight)? Is it bad for the batteries?


No its not bad they are designed for that they are programed with a charge cycle and then go to a sleep or trickle etc, look up the specs on your particular charger to be certain.

I have a charger on my rv coach batteries, enclosed car trailer, rock crawler stored inside the car trailer, motorhome start batteries and my wifes Grand Wagoneer ALL winter.

My boat has lithiums so I dont have to leave it plugged in anymore.

Re: Charging batteries [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13839277 01/09/21 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
I leave mine plugged in 24/7/365.


This☝🏻 In the summer I leave the battery compartment open while it’s plugged in.


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Re: Charging batteries [Re: Brandon Potter] #13839469 01/09/21 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Brandon Potter
Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
I leave mine plugged in 24/7/365.


This☝🏻 In the summer I leave the battery compartment open while it’s plugged in.

Ditto all of the above.

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Heck I leave my onboard MK 460(4 banks x 15 amps per bank) plugged in so much sometimes I drive away with it still plugged in! 🤔😳🤫🤪

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