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Old 08 December 2008, 06:25   #11
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I know, although Partco weren't significantly less.
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Old 08 December 2008, 07:41   #12
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Try and get one with a decent no quibble warranty, I got mine and took it back to the local place, replaced free of charge even though it was a knackered solar panel which goosed it.
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Try and get one with a decent no quibble warranty, I got mine and took it back to the local place, replaced free of charge even though it was a knackered solar panel which goosed it.
That is a good thing about Halfords, they are not to know you've not been using it in a car.

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Old 08 December 2008, 10:30   #14
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Mine were adament I told them what car it was going on so they could supply the right battery. I told em it was for a Orkney Longliner and they just put boat on my receipt, still replaced it no questions asked.
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Its goosed mate, should be 14.2v fully charged and about 12v flat.
That sounds a little high, considering the max safe charging voltage is about 14.6 or so.

More like 12.6V at 100% and about 11.8 to 12V at a 50% discharge.

Run it fully flat as a general rule, and you'll be wearing a path to your local battery supplier.


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Oops my mistake.
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Batteries don't tend to like this cold weather.
Is the boat kept outside?
I try to put mine on the charger every week when the boat is idle in the fall. Now that it's in storage, I have put the batteries indoors, and a top them up oncea month or so...
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I'm the same as Stoo- I thought one of mine was knackered in the summer - turns out the main switches had corroded to the point where they were causing a lot of resistance - not charging properly & so not turning the opti fast enough to get it to POP at the plugs.
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I would recommend energy batteries (energy squadron). Customer service is amazing. After I stupidly hacked the top off a sealed lead acid battery which was sold to me as non sealed (instructions said take caps off before running conditioning charge), contacted energy to point out the misleading instructions and they sent me a new battery no questions asked!

In terms of charger, it's worth getting a good charger to give you battery a bit of a pamper once in a while. I got a Ring 4 stage charger a few years back ( see http://www.ringautomotive.co.uk/prod...t2=31&cat3=167) and it has sucesfully re-conditioned 3 "dead" batteries including a car lead acid that was completely flattened 3 times by wife not closing the boot properly.... I try and charge the boat battery with this a couple of times a year just to top it up anf give it a proper charge.
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I would recommend energy batteries (energy squadron). Customer service is amazing. After I stupidly hacked the top off a sealed lead acid battery which was sold to me as non sealed (instructions said take caps off before running conditioning charge), contacted energy to point out the misleading instructions and they sent me a new battery no questions asked!

In terms of charger, it's worth getting a good charger to give you battery a bit of a pamper once in a while. I got a Ring 4 stage charger a few years back ( see http://www.ringautomotive.co.uk/prod...t2=31&cat3=167) and it has sucesfully re-conditioned 3 "dead" batteries including a car lead acid that was completely flattened 3 times by wife not closing the boot properly.... I try and charge the boat battery with this a couple of times a year just to top it up anf give it a proper charge.
Yea i am the same as Al , I have two squadron 120ah batteries and one was goosed this autumn they are giving me 50% discount even although it was out od warranty. Also agree with the charging regime, especially if you are leaving it on the water with the pump taking juice over a long time it does not take long to flat out over a long spell of rain.
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