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Old 12-27-2012, 04:07 PM   #18
lhendrik
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Originally Posted by vintagerider View Post
[could be suffering from a psychotic breakdown]
best reply!
[I am religious about the tender which Odyssey says is actually very hard on their battery type. Causing sulfation. So the desulfate experiment is in progress.]
I have diddled around with smart chargers for a while now. No body wants to spend more than they have to. Desireable features:
- energy efficient, switches to very low power drain mode durring maintaintenace mode
- auto restart if power fails
- water proof
- accepts 70-220 vac 48-62 Hz input (works with generator )
- won't heat battery
- has batery temp probe
- de-sulfation mode
- analyzes and gives fb
- employs pulsed charging technolog
- manufacturer stands behind product 5 yr , 3 yr, 2 yr

Odyssey's most basic model is the Ultimizer OMAX-6A-1B 6 amp charger which has no desulfation. http://www.odysseybattery.com/chargers.html 5 year free replacement warranty.

Battery Minder is the tech leader in de-fulfation technology but only certain models are approved for Odyssey. Quite a few folks swear by Battery MINDer 12 Volt 1.5 Amp On-board Charger Maintainer #BM12151 but not approved by Odyssey.
BatteryMINDer Battery Charger / Maintainer with Desulphator 12 Volt 2/4/8 Amp, Model# 12248 has a temperature probe which is the sign of a sho quality device. There is a version just for Odyssey. Universal model here: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6706_200326706


Battery Doctor has Odyssey approval albeit under a different brand label. I have this one. It works great, has equalization, auto re-start and de-sulfation. I have gotten my pc680 to hold 15.1 volts at 70F. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UNzU1G_mMeN
see also: http://www.wirthco.com/battery-docto...7_95-l-en.html
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The Odyssey tech manual pdf: http://www.odysseybattery.com/docume...1_0411_000.pdf
(opens directly with Chrome, otherwise download)
seems to say different things at differnet times. It does lay out a precise procedure to discharge and re-charge to evaluate the battery condition and to attempt to resore it. I have to admit that I do not understand how or why Odyssey is apparently better off completely disconected than left on a sub-par float voltage ( less than 13.6 vdc).
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Battery Charger Articles
http://batteryminders.com/prints/avi...-in-a-walk.pdf
battery chargers, a boaters perspective (reviews a Sterling now available from West Marine under pvt lable): http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/i...attery_charger
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6706_200326706

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The Odyssey tech manual pdf: http://www.odysseybattery.com/docume...1_0411_000.pdf
(opens directly with Chrome, otherwise download)
seems to say different things at differnet times. It does lay out a precise procedure to discharge and re-charge to evaluate the battery condition and to attempt to resore it. I have to admit that I do not understand how or why Odyssey is apparently better off completely disconected than left on a sub-par float voltage ( less than 13.6 vdc).
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Battery Charger Articles
http://batteryminders.com/prints/avi...-in-a-walk.pdf
battery chargers, a boaters perspective (reviews a brand now available from West Marine): http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/i...attery_charger

highly programmable charger, ideal for folks with off grid and battery back up needs: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...5#.UNze6m_mMeM
^^^ Best documented reply !
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