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Old 02-07-2006, 05:48 PM   #15
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Thanks, I thought as much. Most decent battery chargers these days are 3 stage. I may try to figure a way to hold on to the AC /DC bat charger and I think I will use a Xantrex charge controller to handle battery charging from DC and solar. We shall see how it goes. The old girl needs new batteries anyway!!!

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Old 02-07-2006, 06:19 PM   #16
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Many things effect batteries; the greatest of which is owner ignorance, bringing up the next to greatest which is lack of maintenance or proper care.
With batteries, rather than reading our comments, which are mostly opinions, go to Google, seek out one of the major battery manufactures website, (Deka is the largest manufacturer in the world- look up that one)and read the facts.

There you will find that starting with two new battries that receive a proper initial charge is necessary. Don't expect the selling place to give them a proper initial charge. Then, DEPENDING ON WHAT TYPE BATTERIES YOU HAVE PURCHASED, you must be aware, through the use of a digital volt meter, to what level you are 'using down' your batteries prior to recharge. Water levels are crucial. Sulfation control is extremely important, which can be controlled during storage, through the use of a Battery Maintainer- NOT A REGULAR CHARGER OR TRICKLE CHARGER!
If your equipment, that is powered by the battery is faulty, then it's not the battery's fault. Also, if you discharge them too deeply, or don't keep them charged PROPERLY, especially during storage, it's not the battery's fault.
With you having so many problems, it is possible you have a piece of bad equipment, your cables may be faulty, your charger may be charging too high (boil out the water) or too low and letting the batteries sulfate. Many parts and pieces to the puzzle to make it work properly. I might suggest, however, that with that many batteries going bad, it probably is not the battery manufacturer's fault.
Good luck!

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Old 02-07-2006, 07:41 PM   #17
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I just changed out my new Interstates that came with my '06 19CCD for Lifeline AGM's. They are superior batteries in many ways. You can position them in any way you like, they only lose 2-3% of charge every month due to extremely low internal resistance, they require only a slightly higher charging voltage due to this low resistance (unlike regular lead-acid types) and the big never have to check the electrolyte! Plus, you can discharge them to 50% on a regular basis with no damage.

Works for me!

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