Battery trickle charger worthwhile?

Discussion in 'Camper Storage / Winterizing & De-Winterizing' started by TheBlurb, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. TheBlurb

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    Who uses a trickle charger for their pup’s battery in the off-season? Is it worth the cost? (Some are half the cost of a new battery!) Any issues with having one plugged in for so long?
     
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    NMroamer Well-Known Member

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    I have a Schumacher combination charger that I use to maintain the battery in the garage and when we are camping.
    Don't leave it on the charger all the time,check it monthly and charge as needed.
     
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    What is a “combination” charger?
     
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    A charger that has two charging rates. Three amps for battery maintenance and fifteen amps for rapid recharging at a campsite.
     
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    I use Battery Tender Plus for my all three of my wet cell batteries that are outside of the PUP. The two 12V pup batteries are on a PV charger which is active all year long - which is even better.
     
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    A trickle charger will boil a battery..constant current output. A battery tender is designed to be left hooked up without damaging a battery. Yes a good tender with multiple cycles can be pricey
     
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    I have two Battery Tenders -- one for the camper, the other for the boat. Work great.
     
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    My batteries come inside for winter storage in a heated garage. With the UTV, there are three and I rotate the Battery Tender between all three all winter long.
     
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    Many people will bash them, but I use a Harbor Freight Float Charger, you can pick up for $4.99 some times. I have them on a mower and boat. Camper has a small solar panel to feed it.
     
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    I've also used the Harbor Freight Float Charger and it works well for what it is. With the new house and having a place to store the batteries, they are in an attached garage now, so batteries from the sports car gets pulled out and left alone. Removing the batteries I have in my current camper setup is more challenging and because I'm solar powered, I go out and check every month to check the charge and put the solar panel out to charge them if needed.
     
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    Wow that’s cheap!
     
  12. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I use a three way charger also from Schumacher. Came in real handy when I got my camper back from the shop and find they didn’t disconnect the battery so it was severely discharged and a traditional battery tender didn’t even make a dent. It has three stages to charging with the last stage a maintenance charge. I have to bring my battery in, as my camper lives at off site storage so just hook it up to my charger. Every month in the winter I push the button to give it a quick maintenance charge and can forget about it again. Knowing It won’t continue charging even if it’s fully charged. I got mine at Walmart.
    Schumacher SE-5212A 2/10/50 Amp Automatic Handheld Battery Charger
    Schumacher
    $127.65
     
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    We have two maintenance float chargers one HD name for motorcycle battery and a Stanley BC209W waterproof charger maintainer for the popup camper battery connected for a week each month during the off season. No issues so far MC battery lasted 11 years and camper battery lasted 5 years
     
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    I keep the camper battery on a flat peice of wood in the garage hooked up constant to a interstate brand premium float charger during the off season. 5 1/2 years and 3 different campers and still going strong. When I bought my last camper I swapped the dealer and kept my old one, And still use it today
     

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