Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-18-2009, 11:11 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 5
Battery Tender

I've heard that some inverters can tend to overcharge batteries. Do any of you use the Battery Tender trickle charger to keep your batteries up to snuff in between outings?

Thanks!

Jim
__________________

__________________
AzJim625 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2009, 11:21 AM   #2
Member
 
bikeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NC, Charlotte
Posts: 31
my owners manual says it will trickle charge the battery, it also says if you are going to use a charger to disconnect it from the trailer cause its bad for the convertor.
__________________

__________________
2000 Wildwood 30BHSS
2001 Suburban 2500
bikeman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2009, 12:07 PM   #3
CLASS "A" Senior Member
 
cfsoistman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Upperco, Maryland
Posts: 3,135
Quote:
Originally Posted by AzJim625 View Post
I've heard that some inverters can tend to overcharge batteries. Do any of you use the Battery Tender trickle charger to keep your batteries up to snuff in between outings?

Thanks!

Jim
Personally I don't have the Battery Tender because my Xantrex Invertor has a 3 stage charger. I saw a TV show not too long ago where Gary Bunzer "RV Doctor" recommended the Battery Tender because of the trickle charge ability. It won't overcharge the battery. As for disconnecting from the trailer I don't recall if there was any mention of that. I believe I also saw it recommended on Two Guys Garage and My Classic Car on Speed Channel.

http://www.batterytender.com/
__________________

2007 Georgetown 370TS
aka - RAYNMKR

Driver: Charlie
Navigator: Sheri
cfsoistman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2009, 05:41 PM   #4
Site Team
 
acadianbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,920
Well I have a Voltminder, a Battery Tender, and a 3-Stage Converter. According to the Voltminder, the 3 stages of the converter put out 13.9, 13.6, and 13.2 Volts. These represent boost, saturation, and float. Supposedly the 13.2 float can be left on and not boil out your battery; and that may be true. But instead, when our trailer is parked for extended periods of time, I disconnect the battery and hook up a Battery Tender. I use the Battery Tender on the trailer and both of my tractors (extended sitting and intermittent use). The Battery Tender does an awesome job of maximizing charge without boiling out the battery and has anti-sulfation technology. Float does kick in on my 3-Stage converter as confirmed by the Voltminder. But I prefer to use the Battery Tender.
__________________
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp297/acadianbob/IMG_2757.jpg
2012 F150 FX4 Ecoboost, 2016 Surveyor 274BHS
2003 Yamaha FJR1300, Demco Premiere Slider
1969 John Deere 1020, 1940 Ford 9N, 1948 Ford 8N
Jonsered 535, Can of WD-40, Duct Tape
Red Green coffee mugs
acadianbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2009, 06:56 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
PJ73USAF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Miami,Florida
Posts: 25
I always use a Battery Tender on the coach and house batteries when not in use.I also use them on my motorcycles,I've found that this practice greatly extends the life of the batteries.The Battery Tender is a great product.
__________________
PJ73USAF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2009, 10:58 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 5
Thanks to all for the responses!
The real purpose was to keep the backup battery charged offline while being able to charge the main battery on the trailer.
I think I just missed a good deal on them. They were on sale online for about $46 and are now back up to about $65.
Oh well, I think I'll order one anyway. Sounds like a good investment.
Thank you all again.
Be prepared, I've got lots of questions coming your way.

Jim
__________________

__________________
AzJim625 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:56 PM.