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marine battery charger?

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i am looking at getting a trolling motor and marine battery this week to use with jon boat rentals. do i need a speciual charger for a marine battery being that its deep cycle? i have a small motorcycle battery charger, would that work?

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Based on my experience with Optima Marine batteries and trying to charge them with a standard charger - no it will not work. I recently upgraded my charger to a Schumacher XC-103 (sold at Advanced Auto) and it worked on charging my AGM/Optima batteries and was even able to charge a battery that my other one was not able to bring back to life.

 

Tight lines,

 

Scott

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I run Optima blue tops both of my boats, 10 foot jon boat with just a trolling motor a 22foot walk around with dual banks three batteries each. We also run them in all of our Riverine patrol boats at work (Navy). Optima recently released a charger designed for AGMs with a selector switch for regular batteries as well.It charges both 6 and 12v batteries and is very well built, a little bit pricey but you get what you pay for. On a side note this charger brought back two Optimas that i had written off as dead. When it comes to charging AGMs that become very discharged most battery charges will not charge them due to built in safety's. You can use a regular 12v charger just fine just make sure it falls into the specs posted by your battery manufacturer If you want to charge deeply discharged AGMs with a conventional charger look into charging them via a regular battery and charger and a set of jumpers. Similar to what is posted here.

 

http://www.optimabatteries.com/product_support/resuscitating_agmbattery.

 

Here is the link on the charger specs for Optimas, look at the blue top.

 

http://www.optimabatteries.com/product_support/charging.php

 

Here is the link for the charger I recommend.

http://www.optimabatteries.com/optima_products/charger/index.php

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