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    how do i test my batterie??

    How do you know when your batterie needs changing??
    Normally i charge my batterie during winter months and fill to level with distiled water.
    Usually i change mine between 4 to 5th year depending on usage 2004 with over 300 hrs,i guess a load test would be best but is there a way to test aproximatly with a voltmeter?? here is mine how do i do it?
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    The load test is the best test, you can have the correst voltage but a cell could be bad. Remove it and take it to Autozone and have them test it.

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    well i figured how to test volts but like you say load test is the best at DCV it gives me 10.38 v wich should at least 11 v thats what i was told but its been 2 weeks since i charged it.

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    I believe that it should be over 12. A load test is the only true test of a battery. The best thing to maintain it over winter is to purchase a battery tender and leave it on. It will take care of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOATADDICT View Post
    I believe that it should be over 12. A load test is the only true test of a battery. The best thing to maintain it over winter is to purchase a battery tender and leave it on. It will take care of it.

    this is what im using
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    I got that exact same battery charger but I only use it for my truck. I have a battery tender for the toys, came with my motorcycle. Voltage should be 12-13 volts when fully charged.

    I would put a piece of wood under the battery, and set the charger to 2 amps instead of 4 amps (from the picture).
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    next time get an Odyssey drycell battery, military grade AGM, sealed, 10 year design....super high cold cranking amps....they stay at 12.9 volts for a long time w/o a charger....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrich View Post
    I got that exact same battery charger but I only use it for my truck. I have a battery tender for the toys, came with my motorcycle. Voltage should be 12-13 volts when fully charged.

    I would put a piece of wood under the battery, and set the charger to 2 amps instead of 4 amps (from the picture).
    why a piece of wood?? you are correct i usually put it on 2 amps and leave for along time but it would only charge up to 75% then i change it to 4amps and it is indicating fully charged

    Quote Originally Posted by Jump On It View Post
    next time get an Odyssey drycell battery, military grade AGM, sealed, 10 year design....super high cold cranking amps....they stay at 12.9 volts for a long time w/o a charger....
    i would love to get a sealed battery the oddysye but everything here is hard to get and i could not have it shipped from the states as it will be useless for the shipping plus you are not allowed to ship batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daverxp4 View Post
    why a piece of wood??
    Wood would soak up any acid if any drops went out the vent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrich View Post
    Wood would soak up any acid if any drops went out the vent.
    good looking i will do it right now thanks

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