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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.


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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.




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




Here is the link for the charger I recommend.


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