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Vexilar Charging?

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Stupid question here.Will I be hurting my Vex battery by charging to full with 1/2 charge still on there? Do I want to run it down more? I use a smart charger.I don't know if that makes a difference.

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The only battery you have to worry about memory with are NiMH and NiCd. I always throw my vex battery on the charger after a trip regardless of the charge left in it and my original battery from 4 years ago still gives me the same run time and I fish ALOT (3-4) per week in the winter! They do say you should fully discharge a sealed Lead acid every year and then charge it full. After chargeing it full you are supposed to put a "burn" charge of about13.5 volts on it, I geuss it kind of resets the battery giving it longer life. The only problem with this is the chargers that have that feature cost a bunch of clams! Hope this helps.

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No, you won't be hurting it at all, actually vex batteries will serve you best if they are always topped off (think car battery). There is no need to fully discharge the battery between chargings, doing so will shorten the service life. I disagree with the once a year full discharge idea, would you even think of doing that to your car battery? Most of the manufacturers of these type of batteries recommend only discharging to 70% between chargings to maximize service life and storing them fully charged, and charging to full every 30-60 days during storage.

[This message has been edited by coldone (edited 11-08-2002).]

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Nope you are not hurting your battery.
To get the best results out of you battery you are suppose to charge it after every use. And the battery shouldnt get too over charged b/c that decreases life on it also. But that burn chrg sounds like a good idea.
You dont really have to use a smart charger (I dont) but that is totally up to you if you want to purchase one.

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yes i agree,it is always good to keep a charge on vex battery,i know from experience by buying them because i did not keep a charge on it

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So, when my battery finally does wear out, where can I get them and how much do they cost.

I should know this by now, I suppose blush.gif but I've had my FL8-SLT since the first year they came out with them (four years ago?) and the battery's still OK.

Wouldn't mind a backup, though. Never know when you'll be on a long weekend trip with no chance to recharge. grin.gif

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Vexilar says to charge after each use and during the summer to top it off once a month with a charge. I have the charger that came with my Vexilar, but opted to buy a different one - also from Vexilar - that gives a full charge in a short time and doesn't allow an overcharge. Makes it handy when I get in late from the ice and can leave the charger on all night without worring about the overcharge. smile.gif

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