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    DEKA battery initial charge

    I just bought a DEKA battery for my "97 GTX, and the instructions say that an initial charge is not necessary. I've never had a battery that didn't have a recommended initial charge.

    What gives?


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    It's not a lead-acid battery. Lead-acid is poured when you buy the battery...if you don't do it yourself. Then the battery has to be charged.

    Gel batteries are pre-treated and charged from the factory.

    So what gives with you not knowing that?


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    I guess I'm just a dumbass.

    Thanks for the reply anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megawatt View Post
    I guess I'm just a dumbass.
    I'm sure he was commenting on your screen name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steach View Post
    I'm sure he was commenting on your screen name.
    I was...lol I Didn't mean to offend you...just having fun...

    Check out Deka's web site. They have good info on their batteries there.

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    I understand...I guess I just had a bad day today!

    Thanks for clearing it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megawatt View Post
    I just bought a DEKA battery for my "97 GTX, and the instructions say that an initial charge is not necessary. I've never had a battery that didn't have a recommended initial charge.

    What gives?
    Was that an AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) Deka battery?

    AGM batteries self-discharge at a slower rate than regular lead-acid batteries, and because they are fully sealed, they can be shipped with the acid inside, charged and ready to go.

    I topped mine off anyway when I got them home, but the battery was probably 90% full, so the charger didn't take long to reach 100%.

    Be sure to use an AGM compatible charger, if you have an AGM battery. AGM batteries need a slightly higher charging voltage limit to reach 100%, but you don't want to over charge the battery, which reduces its lifespan.

    I use a VDC Electronics battery maintainer, which will not over-charge the battery, and actively maintains it at 100% charged.
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    Yes, it is an AGM. I've never had one before, so I'm not familiar with the charging characteristics. I'm hoping that this battery along with a battery disconnect switch I installed in my 'doo will keep me out of the new battery business for several years.

    Thanks for all of the helpful information.

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