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RRPRRP Posts: 22,459
anybody use a 1 amp automatic battery charger for a car which NEVER gets started over the winter months?
 Had to buy a new battery today and the dude at InterState Battery said in the future then over-wintering even with the disconnect I use on my battery this automatic trickle charger will pay for itself, blah blah blah. He was nice and really helped me today so I bought it. Honestly I plan to return it unopened on Monday and get my $44 back unless someone convinces me otherwise. 
L, M, S, &  Mini
And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
Ron
Dunlap, IL
Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!

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  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,777
    Maybe a car forum?
    Austin, TX
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,073
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,386
    This type of charger is very commonly used on motor cycles in winter.
    A friend up north has it plugged into one of the light bulbs in his garage door opener.
    Every time the garage door is opened the battery is charged for 5 minutes or so. Others use a timer. Others swear by removing battery and storing on wooden shelf, not the ground.
    Who knows what works better.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,459
    Legume said:
    Maybe a car forum?
    Oh, I agree. Just seems like many times there are guys here with such diverse knowledge and life experiences that there is such a wealth of knowledge that people like to share! Hey, that's even the reason I posted it on the OFF TOPIC forum with even a further warning with my OT at the start and the OT at the end! Guess if that STILL offended you after all those warnings then so be it.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,517
    My FIL had a rarely used Vette and kept a trickle charger on it. 
  • At considerable risk of jinxing myself here, I have a battery in my John Deere lawn tractor I haven't touched since I bought it in 2001.  It's parked in an unheated shed when not in use.  I do not use from November until sometime in April and the battery stays in it.
    Flint, Michigan
  • Is this some kind of a joke?
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  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,014
    edited July 2017
    Depends on the charger. You need a smart charger that keeps the battery up to Voltage but doesn't over charge it. If your new charger is a constant 1 Amp, that's not much use for maintenance. If it's a 1 Amp smart charger, it's OK. Disconnecting the battery also works for quite long periods, but is more of a PITA than fixing some terminals to the battery and plugging it in when needed.

    I would spend a bit more money anyway and buy a higher capacity unit so you can charge as well as maintain. A 7 A smart charger would cover a lot more bases. I like CTEK chargers. http://smartercharger.com/battery-chargers/
  • Smokin_TroutSmokin_Trout Posts: 487
    If you decide to keep a trickle charger on it, get the Battery Tender brand. I have tried a Stanley and didn't seem like it shutoff and trashed a battery. My friend swears by the Battery Tender for his 10+ items he stores for part of the year. When you look around his shop you think he bought stock in the company. 
  • GlennMGlennM Posts: 882
    We leave a car in Florida and use a battery tender on it. I believe it is a good idea
    In the bush just East of Cambridge,Ontario 
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,174
    edited July 2017
    I use a smart charger on my front gate operator battery. It's 115V with battery backup. Works fine. This isn't that uncommon to to use a charger to keep the battery healthy. 
    Is this some kind of a joke?
    Agree!

    https://www.google.com/search?q=1+amp+trickle+charger+for+car+that's+not+used+in+the+winter






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  • GymGym Posts: 346
    Another vote for battery tender. 
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 2,330
    Being that I was in the auto parts business for 17 years before switching to IT, I can highly recommend a battery tender. It will actively "duty cycle" the battery when needed which will keep it in optimal condition. 

    One of the largest killers of a battery is inactivity. I have these devices on my riding mower in the winter and kept one on my boat batteries when I had it. 

    Keep it and use it. 

    And nice choice in Interstate. Interstate and Deka are the two best battery manufacturers out there 
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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,738
    Costco has a Deltran brand battery charger for cars, not the junior. Fully automatic and does AGM batteries as well.
    I have my MB SL hooked up to it in the basement all winter long and worry free. I know the MB guys are ga ga over the Ctek, but it is inferior to our own US made Deltran. 
    Get one, hook it up and forget about it. 

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  • calracefancalracefan Posts: 602
    A co worker has a battery tender (I think that may even be the brand) o his Harley, claims it works very well !
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
  • As long as it does not over charge the battery you'll be fine. I used to unhook the battery on my riding mower after I cut the grass for the last time of the season. The battery would only last about two years. Put a quick disconnect and now I unplug it after every use, now the same model battery lasts four years. Speaking of batteries, since car batteries only last about four years, am I the only one who changes them about 6 months before that? It seems that they die at the worst possible time.
  • dsrgunsdsrguns Posts: 421
    If you decide to keep a trickle charger on it, get the Battery Tender brand. I have tried a Stanley and didn't seem like it shutoff and trashed a battery. My friend swears by the Battery Tender for his 10+ items he stores for part of the year. When you look around his shop you think he bought stock in the company. 
    +1 On the Battery Tender
      
    XL BGE
    MD
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,777
    RRP said:
    Legume said:
    Maybe a car forum?
    Oh, I agree. Just seems like many times there are guys here with such diverse knowledge and life experiences that there is such a wealth of knowledge that people like to share! Hey, that's even the reason I posted it on the OFF TOPIC forum with even a further warning with my OT at the start and the OT at the end! Guess if that STILL offended you after all those warnings then so be it.
    You can unbunch your panties Ron, I was not offended by a question about a battery charger, lol.  It was just a suggestion for where you might find the kind of info you are looking for.
    Austin, TX
  • odie91odie91 Posts: 496
    You want to get a multi stage charger with microprocessor.  If you're only using it for maintenance and not jump starting, the less amps the better.    Battery Tender is legit as other have mentioned, but there are some other brands.  You should only be out $20-25 for a good trickle charger
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,869
    I park my Saab convertible over the winter; once every two months or so I start it and drive for half an hour or so; that keeps the battery charged and gets oils and gas lines circulating a bit, I feel that's a good thing to do.
    My battery died in 2012 while I was in Tooele UT for Reserve duty, the folks at AutoZone sold me a new one and changed it out for me.  As he was removing the old battery he made a screwy face and asked me, "You've been buying batteries at the dealership?!?"  It was a Saab-branded battery.  I said no, and he looked at the date: it was the original battery, lasted eleven years!  
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 17,960
    @SemolinaPilchard said:
    Speaking of batteries, since car batteries only last about four years, am I the only one who changes them about 6 months before that? It seems that they die at the worst possible time.
    I'm not in the early change camp but one afternoon last fall I recalled that I should change the car battery before winter as it had been about 6 years (no indications of any issues).  Of course, the next AM, with no warning, dead battery.  Somehow that prescience has failed in other situations.  

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  • texaswigtexaswig Posts: 2,242
    In my opinion letting the car set-up is the worst thing you can do to it. Just go out there and start it once every few weeks let it run for 30 minutes. Burn off some of the moisture in the crankcase and charge the battery. I know how organized you are just make it part of your regiment. 
    Scott
    Greenville ,Tx

    Xl bge with woo2 and ajustable rack
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,459
    Thanks for all the recommendations. After studying them I ended up ordering one from CTEK that @Eoin suggested. Taking the 1 AMP back to Interstate for refund tomorrow. Only took me 90 minutes today to remove the front fender panel and replace the battery. Would have been quicker but I had the dropsies and played seek and retrieve slowing me down!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • SGHSGH Posts: 25,172
    @RRP
    On my tractors I use a charger that has a "trickle charge" setting. It will constantly put 2 amps to the battery. It has a built in feature that will bump this to as high as 10 amps if the need arises. From what I understand it is always putting out 2 amps until the sensor tells it to give more (for whatever reason).  
    I know you asked about cars, but I have been doing this on tractors since the 70's. This is certainly not the norm, but we got almost 30 years out of the battery in our 1979 John Deere 850. 

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  • SGHSGH Posts: 25,172
    You have been struck by the Buffalo.   

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  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,459
    SGH said:
    You have been struck by the Buffalo.   
    You caught that too, huh?
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • SGHSGH Posts: 25,172
    RRP said:
    SGH said:
    You have been struck by the Buffalo.   
    You caught that too, huh?
    Wonder what the Buffalo has against batteries?

    Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.

    Status- Standing by.

    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.
    Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit
    The greatest barrier against all wisdom, the stronghold against knowledge itself, is the single thought in ones mind, that they already have it all figured out. 
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,459
    SGH said:
    RRP said:
    SGH said:
    You have been struck by the Buffalo.   
    You caught that too, huh?
    Wonder what the Buffalo has against batteries?
    LOL 
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
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