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grapeape

deep cycle battery maintenance

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I'm more than anxious to get the boat out and get some things done on it prior to opener. I popped the caps and checked the level in my batteries which have been stored downstairs through winter. I can see some visible crud on top of the plates and also the level is low on both.

Can I add some distilled water to just above the plates and charge them up? They are 4 yr old Interstates and would like to get as much out of them as possible. Are they salvageable or is it time to purchase new?

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Add the distilled water and charge the battery. Time will tell if they're still good.

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Thank you for the quick response ST. I love this site because of people like you. I spend a ton of time reading it and almost always learn something in between the chuckles of laughter. Some good folks here.

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grapeape, Do you have access to a charger with a 'recondition' cycle on it? This season will be the 9th for my two Trojan deep cycles, I use them all year long, as in the boat and then the fish house so they're always cycling. Each spring I run them through the 'recondition cycle', that just another term for 'de-sulfication', it breaks up most of the crud that forms on the plates and turns it into elements the battery can use. I'd bet that would clean up your battery nicely. Phred52

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And if you don't have access to that try desulfater It worked on mine.

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I have a Schumacher brand charger that is an "automatic" charger. Where can you get a charger with the recondition cycle on it? Are they big bling or no? This still would be a less costly alternative to buying 2 new batteries at this time.

Also to propster: Can you get the desulfator at O'Reiley's or checker? Just add to the batteries and charge?

Thanks for the responses, fellas. Wish I was a bit more mechanically inclined - snowblower goes as we're fighting flood and have 10+ inches of heavy white stuff, pump goes out and have to get fixed. Now as things wind down and the boat finally hits the priority list, it looks as though it'll be more than just fueling up and going before it hits the water.

The only water I want to see from here on out better be with a pole in hand. Can't wait to hear the water lapping at the side of the boat.

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grapeape, Do a Google for a Vector VEC1093 A Battery Charger. It's the one with the yellow front panel. It appears that the price now is somewhere between $130-160. Knowing what I know about them now, If the one I've got goes south, I'll replace it with the same thing. Phred52

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On the desulfater, I asked him if he's got any dealers over here near the cities and he said no. He's in Appleton, WI.

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grapeape, The de-sulfator might be worth a try, I only responded to the 'battery maintenance' question. Maybe I've been lucky, try it and post your results. Phred52

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