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    Battery Charger Advice-x758

    Hi Guys

    I’ve never used any form of battery charger or drip charger but I’m thinking with the x758 entering almost 3 years old and winter it might be a good idea to get your advice. I don’t want to damage my battery either however.

    I generally use the x758 once a week, but over winter only use it to tackle snow storms.

    What charger do you advise?
    Any tips?
    Do you leave it plugged in all over winter or does it only switch on when the charge begins to drop or something?

    Any advice appreciated!
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    I have two Batteryminders. I installed a pigtail on my JD 3032e that connects to the battery and the other end is installed in the upper left corner of grille panel so it is easy to just plug it up to the batteryminder when tractor is parked. The other one is used on my Craftsman Pro lawn tractor. The battery is below the seat and easy to access so I attach the other batteryminder to the battery posts with alligator clips when mower is not in use. The batteryminder safely keeps the batteries charged and also extends their life by desulphuring the plates in the battery. This is the 5th season for my mower battery and I have never had a mower battery last that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire1916 View Post
    Hi Guys

    Iíve never used any form of battery charger or drip charger but Iím thinking with the x758 entering almost 3 years old and winter it might be a good idea to get your advice. I donít want to damage my battery either however.

    I generally use the x758 once a week, but over winter only use it to tackle snow storms.

    What charger do you advise?
    Any tips?
    Do you leave it plugged in all over winter or does it only switch on when the charge begins to drop or something?

    Any advice appreciated!

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    I use Battery Tenders on all my equipment with batteries...year round. I'm convinced they will extend your battery life. They are cheap insurance. Also the battery tenders have a year warranty and they "DO" honor it. Just send them the old one and they send you a new one. I use both the singles and the double chargers.
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    Here is some info/pic on what I used (parts) to install a battery tender SAE port on my machine.
    870 Block heater installation - Page 5

    I primarily use it in the winter, when a battery has to work the hardest. Every once in a blue moon during the warmer months. The SAE panel socket makes it super easy to hookup.


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    Based on your reported usage, you don't need anything. The issue with lead acid batteries and their state of charge is the potential for the plates to sulfate. In a prolonged discharged state, the plates of a lead acid battery will sulfate, permanently decreasing the capacity of the battery proportional to how long it remains in a discharged state. All lead acid batteries self-discharge over time and left in that state for a prolonged period will result in sulfated plates. This is what a battery tender is designed to prevent. Of course, leaving a battery connected to a regular charger for an extended period of time will result in an overcharge, the electrolyte vaporizing and being vented from the cell. Again, a good battery tender prevents this, also.

    Your running your machine long enough to maintain the state of charge and the time between snow storms is not long enough for the battery to self discharge and the plates to sulfate.

    I have jet skis, motorcycles, generator and collectors cars. I haven't ever deployed a battery tender. Rather, I pull all the batteries and store them in my workshop where the temp is no lower than 50F and I connect them to a low current charge for 24 hours twice over the winter. I typically receive 5 years of life from lead acid jet ski and motorcycle batteries. I'm migrating over to AGM batteries (glass mat) when I can find them at a price point that I can cost justify them against the cost/life span of the same application's lead acid battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRG View Post
    Here is some info/pic on what I used (parts) to install a battery tender SAE port on my machine.
    870 Block heater installation - Page 5

    I primarily use it in the winter, when a battery has to work the hardest. Every once in a blue moon during the warmer months. The SAE panel socket makes it super easy to hookup.
    This is great, because I already have this piggy tail harness on the battery for my 25G sprayer, and surely I could use this for both the sprayer, and when not in use the battery charger.

    For me I could wire this into my little black storage case on the rear right wheel area.
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    Rear Aerator
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    i have had very good luck with Deltran Battery Tenders and Harbor Freight Viking 4-amp maintainers.

    i will never use another Schumacher maintainer, I've had 2 go bad (or just suck) and destroy batteries by charging them over 16 volts.
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    I use battery tenders, but I only leave them hooked for a day or two at a time if I think the battery needs charging.
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    I'm a fan of my NOCO battery charger/maintainer. My battery is new so it hard to say that it's worked or not. I really like the dash mounted plug with voltage indicator. Super easy to use and plug in which makes you more apt to use it.

    The dash unit fits right into the un-used knock outs in the dash.
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    I have a couple of battery tenders and they work great. I now use a NOCO on my 1025. I ended up installing a direct line from the battery to a NOCO port which I snapped right into that blank spot on the lower dash. It is fused right at the battery terminals. Now I simply pull the tractor on, plug in the cord and battery is kept healthy. NOCO port has LEDS display battery condition. I donít even have to lift the hood. Another GTT member had done the same thing and I liked the setup.
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