• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
bk_MN_iceman

Summer Flasher Storage & Battery Maintenance

Recommended Posts

Hey Guys,

A question I've been meaning to ask here that I haven't got around to... What's the best way to store your flasher in the off season?

I don't do a lot of summer fishing and don't really think I have a need for my Humminbird 55 ICE during the off season.

Should it be drained dead? Disconnected from the battery? Charged every so many weeks/months?

What do you guys do when not in use for such a long period of time?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Keep well charged, every 2 months is good.

Battery Memory is not an issue, keep fully charged.

A good tip is to post a note on your calender to plug it in and charge a maintenance charge bi-monthly.

Your battery will maintain and sustain top efficiency that way.

I recommend keeping it securely indoors. And wipe it down clean. Mice, cats, dogs you name it all can find the scent of bait and fish on the fabric or wiring tempting and get to it and raise costly havoc. Securely stored inside a pest proof spot would be wise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fully charged all of my flasher or batteries by the end of the season is over. Then unplug them from any connectors, cords, or usage for the rest of the year.

I may use a battery meter to test them every 3-4 months just to see if their still charged. But I have left the batteries untouched for a whole year and they are still fully charged or 90%+ charged at the start of the new ice season. I have done this for as long as I can remember. The only battery that has gone bad on me so far is one I forgot to charged. LOL...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As others have already stated here:

1. Initially charged with a full battery

2. Charge every month or two to maintain

3. Disconnect pos. and neg. terminal from battery

4. Definately, disconnect any battery meters attached

5. Clean outside to remove odors, etc.

6. Store inside

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mostly good advice. About the only one I question is testing with a meter. If you use a volt meter to test a battery, I can show full voltage with very little charge left. Best to just hook up the charger periodically instead.

One thing. NEVER store a battery at a low state of charge.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great tips guys! This is really useful information.

I haven't used my flasher in about 3 weeks so I need to get it on the charger tonight.

As always, really appreciate the information guys!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fully charged all of my flasher or batteries by the end of the season is over. Then unplug them from any connectors, cords, or usage for the rest of the year.

I may use a battery meter to test them every 3-4 months just to see if their still charged. But I have left the batteries untouched for a whole year and they are still fully charged or 90%+ charged at the start of the new ice season. I have done this for as long as I can remember. The only battery that has gone bad on me so far is one I forgot to charged. LOL...

I do the same thing. Had to replace my vexilar battery after 9 years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont worry about the battery when its not in use. have owned vexilars for over ten years and bought 1 replacment battery. disconnect battery and I also put my flashers in a plastic grocery bags and tie the bag closed for the time im not useing it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mostly good advice. About the only one I question is testing with a meter. If you use a volt meter to test a battery, I can show full voltage with very little charge left. Best to just hook up the charger periodically instead.

One thing. NEVER store a battery at a low state of charge.

Yeap, a battery may show a stand by voltage of 12.6 volts and only be about 50 percent of charge capacity.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Sounds like you guys gave her heck up there to find them. I'd be praying thanks, too if I got that one on! ☺️
    • Quick recap:   Weather was too darn “nice”!  Upper 80’s - 90’s; no wind to speak of; mostly sunny. Water temps were anywhere from 64 - 71 depending on location and day.   We looked the lake over from end to end, marking up our map and returning to some places where we saw fish either later the same day or a couple days later.  We could literally see the transition from spawn to post spawn happening during our stay.  Being new to both muskie fishing and that lake, we spent time in dead water as much as good water but feel like we got a pretty good handle on how to go about setting up a more efficient return visit.  It was a lot work and long hours but I’d go back this weekend if I could so I must’ve enjoyed it.   A few pics as hoped for:
    • big dave 2 and leech, darn good lookin meals!!!!  Dave have a good weekend!!!!
    • Ok Dave have a good weekend. Hope you get over the whole butt hurt Leech deal! Not sure where you got that I don't like folks smoking or grilling things?  I know I do enough. Have fun! 🙂  
    • Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin last weekend and early this week have flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.Several park system property or portions of properties are closed due flooding. Amnicon Falls State Park, closed temporarily but has reopened, though some roads, trails and observation areas remain closed. Pattison State Park is open for camping only; all trails, observation areas, picnic and day-use areas are closed. There are washouts on the dam that forms Interfalls Lake and Highway 35 over the dam is closed. A campground and horse trail are closed at Governor Knowles State Forest and the day use areas along the river at Interstate Park are underwater.Water was roaring over Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park.Photo credit: Gervase ThompsonAll rivers in the region are running extremely high. The falls at both Amnicon and Pattison are roaring, but road closures mean observing the falls now is challenging. The Bois Brule and Flambeau rivers are high enough that some canoe launches and campsites are underwater. The water is making its way downstream and the Lower Wisconsin River is running very high with all sandbars submerged and canoeing and kayaking not recommended. The river is expected to crest Muscoda this weekend at 40,000 cubic feet per second. .
    • I'm still going to smoke this fatty while camping this weekend whether Leech likes it or not.....😋       See you fellers on Monday........
    • Rick didn't like all the "My Grills bigger and better then yours" posts!  😅
    • We switched to a new server. Had a glitch in our dB that lost a couple days of posts.
    • I ripped a hole in one of my favorite pairs of fishing shorts just need a decent sized patch to cover her up
    • I am not sure what happened either but we lost all of the posts last couple days not just this thread. And it looks like the same thing happened over on FM site as well. I know the site was down last night while I tried look at it.