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Battery Tender Use

For those of you that have battery start machines do you regularly use any sort of battery maintenance equipment, like a Battery Tender, to keep the battery in the best ready to use condition?

All my previous machines were 110v electric start but my latest is a battery start.
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For those of you that have battery start machines do you regularly use any sort of battery maintenance equipment, like a Battery Tender, to keep the battery in the best ready to use condition?

All my previous machines were 110v electric start but my latest is a battery start.
Yes, I do use battery tenders on pretty much all my 12V battery powered equipment. Makes the batteries last much much longer.
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Basic rule of thumb. Batteries always like to generally be in a full SOC - state of charge.

I have quick connect leads on stuff like these and connect the tender/rotate them just to keep the batteries always topped off.

I prefer Ctek chargers. Best chargers/ charging profile/algorithim on the market.
Noco's are junk...if you are leaning on that direction
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I need a new battery. According to many reviews I've read over the weekend many of them today are crappy. Brands that were once recommended seem to have switched to made in China versions and don't last very long and have very short warranties. I cant decide if I should go cheap and expect to replace it every season, or spend more money and hope it lasts for a few years.
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Dbert -

You talking for your Delorean or what ?
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Thanks all. Kinda what I thought and exactly what I do with my motorcycle so it makes sense. Gotta pick up another unit I guess. What are you using to cover the Tender lead/connector while blowing snow or how do you shield that plug?
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Cteks leads come with a cap incorporated

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Dbert -

You talking for your Delorean or what ?
Exactly.
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Cteks leads come with a cap incorporated
Does anyone make a panel mount? I was even thinking about putting a IEC receptacle and installing the whole tender inside. A one handed plug/unplug would be nice. And no floppy dongle hanging out. I have a couple fasteners holding the "hood" on.
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nervous: I use Battery Minder on many batteries (vehicles, UTV, garden tractors, jet skis, etc.). I use the smaller Battery Minders on the smaller batteries and the larger Battery Minders on the larger batteries. And use the Battery Minder AGM version on the AGM batteries. Here is a small one I use with ring clips permanently attached to the battery:

BatteryMINDer 1500 | 12 Volt Maintenance Charger Desulfator

dbert: Battery Minder has a thru hull method of attachment for those that don't want cords hanging out:

EZ Connector & Mounting Screws | BatteryMINDer Accessories EZC-01

I have researched CTek and it just didn't seem to be as good as Battery Minder to me, but I could be wrong. Regardless I am very happy with my Battery Minders. In fact, I am driving around in my 1995 Bronco with a 15 year old Optima Blue Top which I fully charged with a 80 amp Napa battery charger and then desulfated/recovered with a Battery Minder 2012-AGM. The 2012-AGM says that the battery is weak, but it has been working fine. I continue to try to desulfate it further by plugging it in every night when I get home from work.

BatteryMINDer 12V Maintainer for Sealed AGM Lead-Acid Batteries

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