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Old 11-24-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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would this be a practical tool to help w/ EOC?...

http://www.northerntool.com/stores/a...ine&market=ORL

it's on page 4 at the bottom. sorry, i couldn't get a direct link. i quit EOC, due to battery issues, except ending a trip, so...
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:36 PM   #2
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It's a battery maintainer not a charger. It replaces the power lost by just sitting. I have one of those I put on my lawn tractor when I don't use it for a while. I think it helps?
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It's a battery maintainer not a charger. It replaces the power lost by just sitting. I have one of those I put on my lawn tractor when I don't use it for a while. I think it helps?
i understand fully what it is, but would it help the longevity of a battery using EOC? even when i end a trip w/ engine off, for example, if i try to restart w/in several minutes, it is a little slow to turn over.

i could try it w/out wasting too much $$$. we have a car that sits for long periods of time anyway. getting out the charger every time bites.
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It sounds like your battery is old and worn out.
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It sounds like your battery is old and worn out.
nope. it is fairly new, and it did do it the very first day. i'll reiterate, it turns over a LITTLE slow.
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For EOC, I don't see that item making much difference, especially if you have a new battery. I doubt that it would take more than a few seconds to return the same amount of power to the battery that a 1.8 watt solar charger would put in in an hour. For maintaining the battery on a car that sits for a long time between uses, however, it sounds like a great idea.
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The biggest killer of batteries is overcharging.

I see motorhomes and power boats with bad batteries all the time. The lead acid batteries are all bowed on the sides which is a sign of constant charging.

That being said, a battery maintainer should keep the voltage from going above a certain value. If this product does that and you keep the solar charger connected 24/7, then yes this is a worthwhile investment.
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