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Battery Charging and Battery Switch
|Author||Topic: Battery Charging and Battery Switch|
posted 05-18-2007 05:45 PM ET (US)
I hsve a Perko Battery Switch on my Whaler. I need to charge Battery for tomorrow. Do I Place the switch on Battery One,Two,All or off?
posted 05-18-2007 06:57 PM ET (US)
Assuming you are charging only one battery, I would set the Perko switch to "Off", disconnect the cables (to be on the safe side) and connect your charger to the poles. I don't think a trickle charger will mess with your electronics, but you are safe if you disconnect the cables to the Perko switch. Also make sure you are charging in a well-ventilated area.-k
posted 05-18-2007 07:41 PM ET (US)
How are you charging the battery? Please describe the connections and equipment you are using.
posted 05-18-2007 10:58 PM ET (US)
Thanks AWESOME WEBSITE. I am going to go out tommorrow and Will check, water, turn PERKO to off and charge em each for alittle while with my portable Charger.This is great for future Ref. Tommorrow is a bad day to be a fish.
posted 05-19-2007 10:50 AM ET (US)
Charging batteries sounds extremely simple, but Jim H asks just to make sure what you have will not cause any problems. For example, you can leave a good quality battery conditioner or charger that will shut itself off turned "on" all the time, provided it does not energize any parts of the boat on the "on" side of the battery switch. This will extend your battery life, always have it ready to go when you need it, and not energize electrical accessories or wiring that could ever possibly cause a fire when you're not around.
I've seen boiled batteries that were new but rendered useless, and seen vehicle fires caused by a mere 12 volts of stray power shorting out - and get this, both examples were on Fire Trucks that are typically parked plugged in charging all the time!
A fully charged battery is a happy battery. A non-energized boat when left alone is a safe and happy boat.
Happy fishing! (from a vegetarian!)
posted 05-19-2007 11:45 AM ET (US)
If you intend to leave a charger connected long term to your batteries be sure it is designed for this. The "el cheapo" trickle charges will overcharge your batteries after an extended period.
Another consideration is that you have a well ventilated area, especially if you have flooded cell batteries (not sealed). Charging will generate hydrogen gas which you do not want accumulating in an enclosed space.
posted 05-19-2007 03:18 PM ET (US)
Turn off the switch, Disconnect the battery and put the charger to the battery direct, If it is not close cell open the vents and check the water (distill water)...good luck
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