Dead Battery, Charge Now or When I Need It ?

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  1. AmericanStand

    AmericanStand Well-Known Member

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    I just noticed that I failed to pull the battery out of an old tractor when I put it up this winter.
    Is it better to charge it up now and put it on a maintainer or just wait till spring and charge it up then ?
     
  2. MichaelZ

    MichaelZ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Charge now. If a dead battery freezes, it can be ruined. Been there.
     
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  3. AmericanStand

    AmericanStand Well-Known Member

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    Yeah good point I've done that too but this battery is indoors where it won't freeze.
     
  4. coolrunnin

    coolrunnin Well-Known Member

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    Always keep and maintain charges in batteries
     
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    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You can buy the little solar panel from harbor freight or other places that will keep the battery charged and ready----even over the winter, About $12. I keep one on my Lawn mower too. If you got a dead battery, you need to fully charge it then clip this panel on it and put the panel where it will get some sun.
     
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  6. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Charge ASAP. Dead batteries freeze and sulfate. Either of which will destroy the battery.

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  7. rockgrove

    rockgrove Active Member

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    I agree with others, charge ASAP and maintain
     
  8. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7

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    Charge now then attach either that solar panel mentioned above or a "Tinder Junior". I keep my DR Field & Brush Mower battery charged by keeping a TJ on it whenever it is not being used. It works great! I use a solar panel in the front window of the van to keep that battery charged; and it works great too.

    I also have a ...forgot what it is called... charger that, should the battery be dead, I can still get whatever machine needed started by using this.
     
  9. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    U might, if need be, check U Tubes on how to renew an old batterys juices