Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Looking for a good deep cycle battery charger
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tech Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  Tech Issues

 > Looking for a good deep cycle battery charger

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next
mdcamping

CT

Senior Member

Joined: 03/04/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 06:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 10' John boat with electric motor, maybe once a year I will take it out. Any recommendations on a good reasonable priced charger.

Thanks Mike


2022 F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 4X4 Supercrew GCWR 19,500 157WB
Payload 2476 Maxtow 13,800 3.73 Equalizer 4 Pt Sway Hitch
2017 Jayco Jay Flight 24RBS
Old TV, 07 Toyota Tacoma, Double Cab, Factory Tow Pkg, retired towing at 229K. (Son now owns truck)

Lwiddis

Cambria, California area

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Recharging once a year before you use the boat battery isn’t the best procedure. A trickle charger from Harbor Freight could be a good option to maintain the battery all year round.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, WindyNation 300 watt solar-Lossigy 200 AH Lithium battery. Prefer boondocking, USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, state camps. Bicyclist. 14 yr. Army -11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560) IOBC & IOAC grad


pianotuna

Regina, SK, Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/18/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 07:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A modest solar panel system would work well.


Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp-hours of Telcom jars, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

CA Traveler

The Western States

Senior Member

Joined: 01/03/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 08:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Use any common flooded battery charger. If you charge once a year then a battery maintainer will be OK, otherwise get a charger with more amps and maybe both types.


2009 Holiday Rambler 42' Scepter with ISL 400 Cummins
750 Watts Solar Morningstar MPPT 60 Controller
2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Bob


wopachop

Who run bartertown

Senior Member

Joined: 11/17/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 09:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have good luck with RC chargers. They have lots of features for the price. Can charge lithium or AGM or flooded batteries. The best part is having control over the settings. You can do a 16v equalization charge. Bring back dead batteries. Temperature compensate if you happen to be charging in really cold or really warm climate.

I charge my 210ah golf cart batteries with a charger the size of my palm. Off hang guess it might only be a 10a max. Which is plenty to for an equalization charge. Not a good choice to be your daily high amp quick charger.

mdcamping

CT

Senior Member

Joined: 03/04/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 05:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Holy Cow 20 pages of chargers on Amazon, getting an idea on pricing. Harbor Freight is next town over... I'll compare pricing.

Thanks everyone
Mike

wopachop

Who run bartertown

Senior Member

Joined: 11/17/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 05:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you already have a car charger? Trickle charger? Given your once a year use, and how a deep cycle battery takes 100 cycles before it even gets broken in, your battery will age out before it dies from cycles.

Since thats the case no need to get crazy with a charger. Any 12v charger will work. I use the Harbor Freight cheapy from time to time. It does have a "regular" setting for charging flooded batteries.

If you have cars or motorcycles that sit and have wanted to buy a battery tender that would work as well to charge your boat battery. Could get multiple use out of it.

Sagebrush

Jacksonville AL

Senior Member

Joined: 02/05/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/27/21 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had good performance from these 15 amp chargers at Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Everstart-Max........h-Patented-Engine-Start-BC50BE/146599600

Works on batteries of all sizes and has the reconditioning mode. I use mine daily on my diesel trucks for the last few years, so far so good. I buy them because they do handle 15 amps charge rates and are the smart type for around $60. You can charge up a good size battery fairly fast or trickle charge it with the same unit.

For maintenance only I would just get a small BatteryTender: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Battery-Tende........12V-Selectable-Battery-Charger/460452900

Noco work okay too. I don't think they last as long as the Deltran products though after talking to various folks who have tried them and my first hand experience. My 7.5 amp Noco Genius only lasted a couple years of occasional use. So I would not buy another one unless it was a little wall wort, those seem to be a good durable charger.

https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GENIUS1-Full........7W46BX31/ref=psdc_15707061_t3_B004LWVEKS

I've had the Battery Tenders go for many years, Noco have almost all died too soon. I have one 1 amp charger left on my back up generator that still works, its about 4 years old.

* This post was edited 06/27/21 06:47pm by Sagebrush *

mdcamping

CT

Senior Member

Joined: 03/04/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/05/21 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The charger I have is a straight 10 amp, which I got for free 20 + yrs ago. Harbor Freight has a multiple setting charger for $60, think I'll go with that. The other day I tried doing a 2nd charge, boat motor wasn't lasting will probably look for a quality Marine Battery.

Kind of a newbie question here so please take it easy on me, how long do I leave a battery unattended on a trickle charge?

Thanks everyone for your replies
Mike

30sweeds

Iowa

Full Member

Joined: 03/24/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/05/21 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike,if it's listed as a "marine" battery,it will be the wrong battery. For your application,you need a straight deep cycle.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Tech Issues

 > Looking for a good deep cycle battery charger
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tech Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2022 CWI, Inc. © 2022 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.