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Drained Battery
« on: September 05, 2017, 08:29:31 AM »

I have 2 on-board chargers. A 3 bank, 15 amp output for the trolling batteries and a 1 bank, 4 amp output for the starting battery. The lights on the 1 bank show it is charging yet the starting battery is totally dead this morning. It has water but will not even take a "shock" charge of 50 amps. I'm thinking something is draining the battery. I have an Optimax but the motor's computer only draws micro amps per day. Any thoughts of this?  The battery is only a little over a year old---just out of warranty.

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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 09:15:58 AM »

OK, I found out what is happening. My Optimax and my stereo both have a memory and are hot wired to my starting battery. The draw of both on the battery is enough to drain it in a few weeks. I haven't used the boat since 1 July. I put the Minnkota 1 bank charger on the battery. However, if the charger is on longer than 48 hours, it automatically shuts off and won't charge again until it is reset.  I am putting  $36 battery maintainer in the boat. You plug it in and it maintains the charge. I hate working in the bilge area with this sore body of mine. Even though it is barely out of warranty, Pro Troll is replacing at no cost to me.

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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 09:41:48 AM »

Glad you got it figured out Wizard! I hate battery problems!!  ~rant
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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 09:44:52 AM »

Wizard that was nice of them to replace the Battery for you. ~c~
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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 08:14:48 PM »

Very good of them to replace it Wizard, I hope this really takes care of the problem!!!
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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 10:14:05 PM »

Shoot I see the problem.
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You need more time in the boat to keep the batteries up.  ;)

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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 08:07:41 AM »

I bought two charger/maintainer units that Walmart had on sale in the store for $19.99 each. They are 3 amp chargers, digital read out on % of charge and automatically flip to maintain after reading full charge. I was a little skeptical on the quality but they have worked ok since purchase two months ago. Seriously thinking of buying two more and making a carrier for charging the reservoir boat batteries. I don't want to clutter up the boat any more and now taking four chargers out to do it.
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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 07:12:32 PM »

Just to clarify, my stereo has a lot of pre set capability. A stereo with pre sets also has a computer memory. This is what draws down the battery. Many stereos do not have pre sets or memory. The boat came with the stereo and I've only used one time.  I was fishing a southern tournament and couldn't get bit. Being down south, I put in a disc from the band, Alabama, cranked up the stereo and tried to draw in those southern bass, It didn't work. Later in the day, I put pork rind on my jig, yelled, "Here Piggy, Piggy, Piggy" and darn if the pigs didn't bite for 22 lbs. that afternoon.

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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2017, 06:04:22 PM »

I checked my starting battery with a multi-meter as soon as I removed the cover. The battery was at 100% charge. The battery maintainer has solved my drainage problem. Previously,three weeks without the maintainer would have almost completely drained the battery.

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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2017, 06:44:13 PM »

I have 2 on-board chargers. A 3 bank, 15 amp output for the trolling batteries and a 1 bank, 4 amp output for the starting battery. The lights on the 1 bank show it is charging yet the starting battery is totally dead this morning. It has water but will not even take a "shock" charge of 50 amps. I'm thinking something is draining the battery. I have an Optimax but the motor's computer only draws micro amps per day. Any thoughts of this?  The battery is only a little over a year old---just out of warranty.

Wizard
if you have removable caps, get a cheap hydrometer and check the cells to see if you have a dead cell.  if it is a sealed battery, then take to an auto parts store than has a special bench machine to test the battery with.  this machine will put a charge to the battery and than load test, and do this more than once.  it will determine if it is the battery or just needs to be charged.

as far as how to test if you have a drain, just take a volt ohm meter and hook to the battery and it will detect any drain that is going on.

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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2017, 07:39:06 PM »

Perko Switch  lo takes care of a problems lo
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Re: Drained Battery
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 07:56:06 AM »

The switch would stop the drainage but the computers would shut down. You don't want that to keep happening with the computer on the Optimax engines.

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