For many years I had been using a battery charger (Sears) that is also
supposed to be a trickle charger.
When I first got the Tiger it had the prevalent lead-acid battery. When
it needed replacement I purchased the Optima gel sealed battery.
Warning, the Optima "Deep Cycle Marine Battery" is NOT recommended for
auto use. It now costs about $150 (on line), but but it is worry free.
At Summit Racing they carry various models from $160 and up.
Read about "Trickle Charging":
I have now got all my cars using this red top Optima battery. When not
in daily use, I plug all of them into an "Battery Tender", NOT a
"trickle charger" when parked in the garage. This device has a
quick-disconnect in the line between and the AC powered Battery
Tender. Just plug it in when in the garage. (Oh, yes! Disconnect it
before you back out of the garage. <8>).
It has been a great device.
> Sandy! Your second paragraph is so very true, lol. I have a Black
> and Decker (Vector) and for a long time I thought it was broke. If
> the battery was down, it always wants to desulfate it forever. So I
> charge it up with my trusty old stand by and then if I hook up the
> B&D, it says full charge, lol... and still does nothing... maybe if
> the voltage is more than 12 volts... which ones did you get for
> 29.99? I may need a couple of new ones..
> Sandy Ganz wrote:
>> I just got 2 of the Harbor Freights for 7.99 on sale last week. Will
>> see how they work. I also got a couple of high tech ones they sell
>> for 29.99 but not sure how they will work, they are a combo charger
>> and floater.
>> One trend that I'm disturbed by on most of the high tech chargers is
>> that that will not charge a flat dead battery. I have some Odyssey
>> brand chargers and some Vector chargers and they will not charge a
>> battery that is dead. I have to pull the 20 year old Schauer Charger
>> on them to give them a start and the 'high tech' chargers can take over.
>> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Jerry & Maureen (Mo) <JCMC2006@suddenlink.net>
>> To: TIGERS@AUTOX.TEAM.NET
>> Sent: Wed, July 21, 2010 2:19:02 PM
>> Subject: [Tigers] Batteries
>> Some of you might remember some time ago there was a discussion about
>> batteries and chargers. I made the comment about the cheap "float"
>> that Harbor Freight sells (I've seen as low as $4.99) that I have
>> been using
>> for about 10 years. This months Hot Rod magazine (Oct10) has an article
>> about "gel cells" and on page 76 you can see what I was talking
>> about. Some
>> good info on batts also.
>> Jerry Christopherson