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Optima 3 month battery #9645205 01/14/14 02:40 AM
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Went to work on the boat tonight and found that my blue top crapped out already hell of a battery I guess one needs to buy the 100$ charger optima makes to keep one good


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Re: Optima 3 month battery [Re: Bugzout10] #9645741 01/14/14 10:43 AM
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That is strange. My wife had an Optima in her jeep for 6 years. It was still going strong but with winter coming on she wanted to be sure so I put a new one in for her. I am running 2 for my trolling motor that have been in the boat for 3 years now.

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Those optima batteries have to a charger that chargers AGM batteries.


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My charger says it does but who knows


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Re: Optima 3 month battery [Re: Bugzout10] #9646512 01/14/14 06:20 PM
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AGM Batteries can be charged with a regular charger.
Gell Cell batteries are the ones you have to have a special charger for.

AGM (absorbed glass mat) is a special design glass mat designed to wick the battery electrolyte between the battery plates. AGM batteries contain only enough liquid to keep the mat wet with the electrolyte and if the battery is broken no free liquid is available to leak out.

Gel Cell batteries contain a silica type gel that the battery electrolyte is suspended in, this thick paste like material allows electrons to flow between plates but will not leak from the battery if the case is broken.

More often than not AGM Batteries are mistakenly identified as Gel Cell Batteries. Both batteries have similar traits; such as being non spillable, deep cycle, may be mounted in any position, low self discharge, safe for use in limited ventilation areas, and may be transported via Air or Ground safely without special handling.

AGM Batteries outsell Gel Cell by at least a 100 to 1. AGM is preferred when a high burst of amps may be required. In most cases recharge can be accomplished by using a good quality standard battery charger or engine alternator. The life expectancy; measured as cycle life or years remains excellent in most AGM batteries if the batteries are not discharged more than 60% between recharge. There are some AGM batteries we sell that offer excellent 80%+ deep cycle abilities.

Gel Cell Batteries are typically a bit more costly and do not offer the same power capacity as do the same physical size AGM battery. The Gel Cell Battery excels in slow discharge rates and slightly higher ambient operating temperatures. One big issue with Gel Batteries that must be addressing is the GEL CHARGE PROFILE. Gel Cell Batteries must be recharged correctly or the battery will suffer premature failure. The battery charger being used to recharge the battery(s) must be designed or adjustable for Gel Cell Batteries. If you are using an alternator to recharge a true Gel Cell a special regulator must be installed.

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