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Old 12-26-2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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Battery Tender / Battery Maintenance

I'm looking into getting me the Battery Tender. I'd rather use it than plug in my Scamp during the winter just to charge the battery. The converter doesnt "monitor" the battery and it could over-charge if forgotten.

Anyway, I'd like to use this charger for my lawnmower, motorcycle etc.

Again, I'm looking at the Battery Tender (128) model that puts out 1.5A and also has a "float" mode- keeps the battery charged but doesnt let it over charge.

I know there are other brands out there now and am curious and interested if you guys have used ANY of the chargers? Any opinions/recommendations?
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:31 PM   #2
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I have used two Deltran Battery Tenders for many years, they are excellent battery chargers/maintainers.

You may also want to look at the BatteryMINDer brand of maintainers. I believe they have some features that the Tender does not. I would consider the MINDer and compare the two if I was in the market for a maintainer.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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Thanks "beemer". Just quickly glanced at them and you're right, they do look like they provide more info. But I DO know the old "Tenders" have been around a long time and are dependable as well.

I'm into RC flying and have several digital "Peak" chargers where they will charge, discharge etc nicads, niMh, SLAs and Lipos batteries. On the discharge, they will tell you how many amps (mA) the batteries have. They also have "balancers" now for the lipo multi-cell batteries. You can set charge rates, discharge....on and on with these small "Smart" chargers.

So, I like information and will further pursue the "Minder".

Thanks again....
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:07 PM   #4
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Hate to sound so backward or uninformed..Is the MINDER in lieu of taking the battery out & storing in, somewhat like a Trickle Charge?? I use to take the battery out & store it in the garage, but with 2 broken Clavicles, bad back, neck & arthritis, it's getting harder & harder to do!!
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:10 PM   #5
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I have used the 'battery tender junior' for several years. It gets moved between the trailer, tractor, and Westcoaster. Well, the tractor is sold now so only the trailer and Westcoaster Never had any problems with it.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:12 PM   #6
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Exactly Karen. The Battery Tender JR that Dennis (Thanks Dennis) mentions would be PERFECT for your needs. Dont remove the battery; just simply hook this Jr up and let it do its job. That's exactly my intentions on my mower, Scamp and an extra vehicle I have. I just want one a little more elaborate because I like "gadgets" with gauges, meters, lights etc.

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Hate to sound so backward or uninformed..Is the MINDER in lieu of taking the battery out & storing in, somewhat like a Trickle Charge?? I use to take the battery out & store it in the garage, but with 2 broken Clavicles, bad back, neck & arthritis, it's getting harder & harder to do!!
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:56 PM   #7
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Have been using a battery tender on my scamp and two automobiles I also store in the winter with very satisfactory results

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Old 12-27-2014, 02:08 AM   #8
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I had used the "Battery Tender" for years on my motorcycle battery and found the included wiring harnesse that can be hooked up to the battery a real time saver when hooking it up. I sold the motorcycle and as an inducement to make the sale I included the Battery Tender. They are really highly thought of battery chargers among motorcycle enthusiasts. A couple of years ago I was at WalMart and noticed that they were now selling the Battery tender ( two models )so I purchased one. I have long considered them to be the best "maintenance" charger available. Not familiar with the Battery Minder but it may be an excellant choice too. The main thing is to get a maintenance type charger vs one of those quick charge chargers that could end up frying your battery if improperly used.
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Unlike the Battery Tender, the Battery Minder has a pulse circuit that desulphates the battery plates. Build up of sulpher from battery acid is the primary cause of battery failure. That would seem to make the Battery Minder a better choice.


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Old 12-27-2014, 11:52 AM   #10
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Great discussion folks.

I've been wanting one of these for a while and the conversation motivated me to finally order one. I found a good deal on a BatteryMinder at Northern Tool. It's Model #12117: 12 Volt 1.33 Amp Charger/Maintainer/Desulfator for $19.99. (Reg. $49.99).

Here's the link if anyone is interested:

BatteryMINDer Charger/Maintainer/Desulfator 1.3 Amp, 12 Volt, Model# 12117 | Battery Maintainers| Northern Tool + Equipment

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I'm looking into getting me the Battery Tender. I'd rather use it than plug in my Scamp during the winter just to charge the battery.the battery charged but doesnt let it over charge.

I know there are other brands out there now and am curious and interested if you guys have used ANY of the chargers? Any opinions/recommendations?
Over the last 10 years I have had up 7 ATV's in my garage at the same time.
All, except mine, were used only when the grandkids came for a visit.
They would sit for months at a time unused.
I've used the Harbor Freight battery tenders exclusively.

Before I solarized my Scamp and slide in camper I used the HF tenders on them.

I lost one ATV battery because the tender became unplugged.

They're about $10.00.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:09 PM   #12
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This makes me wonder, I have a Casita Liberty Delux 06 model which when plugged in to 110 v charges the battery automatic and I will have to do more research to see if it won't overcharge. I am guessing that yours may not have that feature. I haven't looked into other brands or models.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:35 PM   #13
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Smile Battery Minder/Tender

Thanks all for your imput!! Was all set to go to Wal Mart.. then saw the link to purchase for $19.99, then the comment re Harbor Freight!! I will check with all!! Thank you SO MUCH!!
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:45 PM   #14
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I've used the Yuasa YUA1200901 Smart Shot Battery Charger for quite a while now and really like it for a maintenance charger.
Read the Reviews and see what you think
Amazon.com: Yuasa YUA1200901 Smart Shot Battery Charger: Automotive

I now park in an area without shore power and had to switch over to a solar maintenance charger and in the month i have been using it and minimal afternoon sun my battery is at an acceptable 13.1 volts
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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