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10-07-07, 08:20 AM   #1  
battery charging

Can i use my regular 12v battery charger to charge my boat deep cycle battery..the charger can charge regular batteries,and maintenance free.
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10-07-07, 09:30 AM   #2  
I can't say for sure since I don't know much about boats but I used to run a deep cycle 6 volt battery in my 52 ford. It would charge fine on my battery chargers.


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10-07-07, 03:14 PM   #3  
Thanks for your reply. I checked more,and its o.k. to do.

 
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10-08-07, 09:39 AM   #4  
Recommend you use the slow trickle switch on your charger if you have one.

 
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10-08-07, 09:45 AM   #5  
A charger with a trickle charge selector would be fine,but my charger doesn't have that feature. I want to be able to keep my deep cycle boat battery charged during the winter months here in the Northeast. I do remove the battery and store inside.

 
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10-08-07, 11:48 AM   #6  
How many amps is your charger?

If you have a manual charger you would need to charge the battery periodically, the amperage of the charger to determine how long the charge should be.
A ten amp charger for 6 hours every month or two would be lots.

If your charger is automatic you could leave it on longer but there is no need.
A manual charger, even a 2 amp one will eventually boil the battery dry.


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10-08-07, 11:57 AM   #7  
Its a manual/automatic. Schumacher,12V
I leave it on auto and walk away. The batteries iv'e done before
start off at some high rate, then trickle down to 1-2 amps. At that point i check the voltage ,as some batteries are maintence free.

 
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