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Old 10-06-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Battery drain: left carbon monoxide detector on for months

Broke my collar bone and forgot about the trailer. Left the carbon monoxide detector on for just under 2 months and battery shows 10.75 volts! Charging it now, but I'm wondering if I just killed my battery.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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Probably shortened the life by a good bit, but it's hard to tell how much. I had a truck with an ignition short that I didn't drive for a few months. Evidently, I left the headlights on too. I figured it was toast after sitting with the lights on for two weeks before I noticed it. I have one of those C-Tek chargers with a desulfation mode on it...it works. It took several days to get a good charge on it, but it lasted another two years.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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Certainly didn't help it any, but just charge it up and see. if you don't drydock much you won't notice. If you have a good battery monitor, you will tell in a couple outings
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do you mean the propane alarm? that one is hard-wired to the trailer battery.
i thought the CO2 detectors were AA or 9v battery operated, like the smoke alarms.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:49 AM   #5
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After it charges good put it through an equalizer charge. Make sure you watch the water level while charging the battery up to 14.8 to 15 amp charge and hold for 2 hours to de-sulfanate the battery.
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do you mean the propane alarm? that one is hard-wired to the trailer battery.
i thought the CO2 detectors were AA or 9v battery operated, like the smoke alarms.
The newer ones now have a combo LP and CO detector. It is run off of the 12V, like the LP-only detectors. Yes, in the old days, the CO detector was battery powered, and hung high on the wall where it should be as CO is slightly lighter than air. There are no CO2 detectors.

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The newer ones now have a combo LP and CO detector. It is run off of the 12V, like the LP-only detectors. Yes, in the old days, the CO detector was battery powered, and hung high on the wall where it should be as CO is slightly lighter than air. There are no CO2 detectors.

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Hmmm, my 2013 Silverback has both the propane detector near the floor in the kitchen area and a Carbon Monoxide (CO2) detector high up in the bedroom.
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Hmmm, my 2013 Silverback has both the propane detector near the floor in the kitchen area and a Carbon Monoxide (CO2) detector high up in the bedroom.
The CO (not CO2 -- CO2 is a different animal) detector should be located at a high position, due to the fact CO will float upward. LP, on the other hand, is slightly heavier than air, and will sink to the floor. That is why traditionally, the LP detector has always been located at that inconvenient location near the floor. By combining the 2 functions, the CO detection capability has been reduced. It is possible, in larger trailers, they may still want to locate the CO detector at the preferred location. In our pop-up, it is combined, but maybe the thinking is, since it is a relatively small space, it doesn't make that much difference.

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