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What Battery Charger/ Maintainer is Everyone Using?

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  1. Seastacker

    Seastacker Carl Moderator

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    Ive always used Battery Tender Jr’s. They seem to work well. I have one hooked to my tractor all winter. I did upgrade to a CTek 7002 last year. I had an Odyssey battery in my Ranger. The tenders can’t charge AGM batteries to 100% (at least the basic one I have), the Ctek’s will. The CTek is top knotch and has an AGM setting along with all sorts of other features. It was able to get me another year out of an old lawn and garden battery I thought was toast with the restoration setting. So far, it seems pretty cool!

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    I put the quick connect on the General.

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  2. Piston Honda

    Piston Honda Seth Moderator

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    I have several chargers/jump starters/etc.

    For maintaining batteries, I use solar power. I have a 50W panel mounted on top of my garage and a smaller 10W panel, which is mobile, to use on boats and such. It's not always practical to connect the 50W garage mounted panel to a vehicle so there is room for design improvement.

    For basic charging, I have the standard issue Schumer charger we all have and a Black & Decker which I use the most.
    Amazon.com: BLACK+DECKER BC15BD Fully Automatic 15 Amp 12V Bench Battery Charger/Maintainer with 40A Engine Start, Alternator Check, Cable Clamps: Automotive

    For jump starting on the trail, I use a Noco 1000 Amp. This is a truly impressive device. The battery in my F150 was smoked and this gave me 5 or 6 jumps to get to my destination and it still showed 75% charge left.
    Amazon.com: NOCO Black Genius Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter: Automotive

     
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    wgarcar1 ron SXS Nation Team Leader

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    I used battery tender 3A
    Never had a problem [​IMG]

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    Ive had that NOCO jump pack in my Amazon cart for a few months. My big one that I had for years finally took a dump and would not charge. I think that little one has more CCA than the big one I used to have!
     
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    I have the .5A Junior model. It works great. They just cant get to 100% charge on an AGM battery. AGM batteries have a higher fully charged voltage compared to a normal flooded battery.
     
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    The next time I see you, you can check it out, if you don't already have one of your own.
     
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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Team Leader

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    I use the .75 amp tender just in winter cold months. The winch takes a lot of juice to operate plow blade while plowing snow .
     
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    Mudder David SXS Nation Rookie

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    CTEK MUS 4.3, with dash indicator and plugs for multiple machines.
     

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    Seastacker Carl Moderator

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    I like that dash plug.
     
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    Feldhege Robb SXS Nation Rookie

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    I just added a dash mounted plug that fits the Battery Tender (or the harbor freight model) charger. That way the wife won't forget to disconnect it before driving the rzr. Just had an interesting idea, we mostly trial ride (not a lot of mud) but I wonder about mounting a small 10 watt panel to the roof of the rzr for keeping it charged. I know the radio memory circuit is wired direct and uses a small amount of power even with the key off. I would just have to protect it from trees somehow.
     

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