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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I"ve got a Farmall H that"ll be stored inside for 5 months, its got a battery that is a year old. Wondering if it would be a good idea to put my trickle charging battery tender on it, or if they pose any fire hazards.
I don"t really want to pull the battery because this summer I installed a new battery box and getting the battery in there and all the cables in place was a challenge.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:41 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My C batt is about 7-8 years old. I would throw a charger on it every now and then for a few hours in the winter. The tractor normally sets for 3-4 months in the winter. The last couple years I've put a tender on it and plug it in for a few days now and then. I have never had any problems with the batt. I have not taken the battery out since I put it in.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:42 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yooper Farmall wrote:
(quoted from post at 07:30:27 11/26/12) I"ve got a Farmall H that"ll be stored inside for 5 months, its got a battery that is a year old. Wondering if it would be a good idea to put my trickle charging battery tender on it, or if they pose any fire hazards.
I don"t really want to pull the battery because this summer I installed a new battery box and getting the battery in there and all the cables in place was a challenge.


I've got two of those tenders. They are probably the greatest thing to come along since sliced bread. Mine are now going on their second year of use with no problems of any kind.

I really do need to get two more.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have been useing a battery tender for about 6 years with no problems. I have them on my garden and farm tractors. Those so called one year batteries for garden tractors are now lasting over 5 years.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:04 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ive not had any problems with using them. I plan on putting them on my mower next the tractor has had one in use for about three years.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have 6 of them and leave them on all the time. You might keep your eye on them because on one tractor one battery leaked some water out the top, I simply left the caps loose, currently closed with no further problems. They work fine and are well worth the $20-25.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:05 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have several 6 and 12 volt and really like them. I put one on a deep cycle battery for a winch on my trailer which I use a couple times a year at most. The battery is six years old and is in perfect condition. Put it on and leave it on. The price of the Battery Tender is quickly offset by not having to buy a new battery every couple years.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Schumacher makes a good one, available at WalMart for about $20. They work great and are reliable. The same unit works on both 6 and 12 volt systems. It appears they have just changed the unit as WM web site is currently showing 2 models with one out of stock. You can find some cheap ones at places like Harbor Freight. Avoid them.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:00 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jim Becker wrote:
(quoted from post at 09:51:10 11/26/12) Schumacher makes a good one, available at WalMart for about $20. They work great and are reliable. The same unit works on both 6 and 12 volt systems. It appears they have just changed the unit as WM web site is currently showing 2 models with one out of stock. You can find some cheap ones at places like Harbor Freight. Avoid them.


Schumaker is what I have. I was just now looking on Amazon and they have them listed for $20 and some odd cents.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:10 am    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They are a great idea for batteries that "sit around" alot and while in storage. I have one from Auto Meter and it works great.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Been using the Schumakers for years. So far so good.

Also the $5 Harbor Freight ones.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't have a tender, but I do store a battery from my tractor from September through June. I keep it in my garage and put a regular charger on it about every two weeks. Can't freeze that way, and it seems to work just fine in the spring. Have been doing this for 3 years now with the same battery. The tender sounds like a good idea, though.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:30 pm    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have 4 of them. Use them all the time. I reccomend them. Period.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have been using BatteryMINDer brand battery tenders for many years. They are a little more expensive, but one of the guys I used to work with researched all the brands and found that that brand was the best for both maintaining the charge and conditioning the battery. I have batteries over 10 years old on one or two of my tractors using them. I have 8 of them that I just put on all my tractors and pickup put away for the winter. I will take them off in the spring when I start driving them.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What are your thoughts on battery tenders? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i have had good luck with Deltran Battery Tender


use it for riding mower & motorcycle & farmall & the ford tractor works great
 
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