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If anyone needs help with any type of battery chargers please let us know. Pretty sure we can help with just about any problem or even any idea you may have and if we don't know we can find some one that does. Most important is to Stay N Charge :tbh_flag:
 

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I would like to get a stay n charge if i could win one or get a good discount since im broke.. :cussin:
 

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One of the items I've been meaning to post on deals with exactly this subject. When I purchased my 2006 Ranger, the salesman indicated I'd need to get a "trickle charger" or something similar to leave the batteries being charged while away, if it was going to be more than one or two days.

Thats probably not clear so let me add some different detail...my boat is stored at a local storage facility and so I've been driving over to the storage facility the day before I go fishing to plug in the charger to charge the batteries...A friend mentioned he just always leaves his plugged in....I thought this was dangerous, or at least bad, for the batteries?

Thoughts?

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If you have an auto charger... like a dual pro type charger... It automatically shuts off and goes in to sleep mode when the batteries are fully charged.. Before I got a stayncharge that is what I did.

If you do not have this type of charger. It is best to charge your batteres when you get off the water... If it is not an auto charger you need to unplug it after they are charged. The batteries will drain a little over time. . and may need a little charging before you hit the water again So you can plugg them up the nite before.

Big thing to remember.

Always charge your batteres when you are finished using them as soon as your can.

Never leave a non automatic charger plugged in. It will continue to send current to the batteries and boil them.

CHeck your water!!


or just get a stayncharge and forget it!
 

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The StaynCharge is plenty if you have at least an hour's drive each way, depending on how much you drain batteries in one day, otherwise you need the AllCharge that works off the boat's alternator while you use the outboard. In that case you really don't need the StaynCharge unless not going out much, needing a jolt on the way to the lake. Having both products sets you up for any situation, no need for a home AC charger unless you live right close by your main lake. You need running time on the tow vehicle for it to help.

It sure must be nice to have AC power in a boat storage. I used one near a marina here, had to install a solar panel on the roof until I hooked up with Jim Payne. That solar panel worked great but I believe it shortened battery life half a year due to such low amperage. You are better off charging at 10 amps or more since you drain trolling batteries faster than that. 2 Amps won't zap a battery back fast enough, trains it to get weak. When using an automatic auto charger run it on the highest amperage rate, usually 6 or 10 amps.

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The OB's alternator normally charges the cranking battery, not the trolling motors batteries, unless the batteries are together in a 12V parallel circuit and you shouldn't do that. From what I can determine; the Stay N Charge system manages the alternator circuit to divert current to the trolling motor batteries, when the cranking battery is charge fully. Correct?
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:clap: :clap: :clap: Man I love you guys,,, Yes the All Charge does all the work for you so each battery gets what it needs. All the info here is correct. As far as having to go over the day before to charge your batteries that has to be a pain in the ***. If you are going to use an AC unit then do as redranger said, Get a unit that will moniter the batteries and only charge when they are needed instead of always charging. The main reason anglers boil batteries is because the chargers are left on when they are not designed to do that. So if you do have power there and you do leave the batteries hooked up while in storage and you do not have enough drive time to use a Stayncharge unit then you should invest in a good AC unit. Good luck
 

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Tom, I have my StaynCharge supplying power from tow vehicle to the cranking battery which powers the AllCharge mounted over my batteries. At all times, on the road or on the water, the cranking battery gets all it wants, from truck alternator, or outboard alternator. The AllCharge services the other batteries with two 18+/- ga charge wires, in my case alternately charging two batteries besides the cranking battery. Each of the two batteries charged by the AllCharge get 5 minutes of top-off charge at a time, switching back & forth automatically. On long runs in the boat I've stopped to find the AllCharge red lights off, batteries full. They are just as hot as when formerly charging with an AC charger. There has not been the slightest loss of battery life. I have one of those batteries for trolling, the other for electronics. I used to have to use two batteries for trolling, but now that the AllCharge keeps them up I only need one. I can now run my dual night lamps on the bow plus the basic boat power bus off the cranking battery since it always gets charged if any get charged by the AllCharge. The power to the sonar/gps is clean and free of interference, always charged up.

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Man I just can't wait until I get my charging system from Jim and quit having to charge the batteries before I go out to the lake.
 

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I checked today. I think RedRanger mentioned the Dual Pro.

I have the "THREE BANK PRO CHARGER"

With the following description:

"Completely waterproof. Solid state, fully automatic, ready to install. Full shut-off, no trickle charge, recharges as needed. Reverse polarity, short circuit and over voltage protection. LED indicators. Temperature sensing. Operates fully submerged. Mounts permanently. Has 3 independent 15 RMS transformers. Simultaneously charges two 12 volt trolling motors and one starting battery. 2 year warranty. 6" x 6" x 14".

So I think I have automatic shut off and don't need to be concerned about leaving it on while I'm away.

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However, wouldn't it be nice if I didn't have to worry either way?

What's the URL of "Stay-N-Charge"?

Perry
 

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Topwater said:
I checked today. I think RedRanger mentioned the Dual Pro.

I have the "THREE BANK PRO CHARGER"

With the following description:



I have not plugged mine in since i got my stayncharge.... I been going and going!!

"Completely waterproof. Solid state, fully automatic, ready to install. Full shut-off, no trickle charge, recharges as needed. Reverse polarity, short circuit and over voltage protection. LED indicators. Temperature sensing. Operates fully submerged. Mounts permanently. Has 3 independent 15 RMS transformers. Simultaneously charges two 12 volt trolling motors and one starting battery. 2 year warranty. 6" x 6" x 14".

So I think I have automatic shut off and don't need to be concerned about leaving it on while I'm away.

Perry
 
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