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25 Oct 2019 17:14 #38690 by Justin Kerns
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Interesting. I've used NOCO trickle chargers on Optima 6V batteries for years. I sometimes leave them on for days at a time and have never had a problem. Have I just been lucky so far? Maybe I should start checking them more often and removing when charging is complete.

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29 Oct 2019 05:33 - 29 Oct 2019 05:34 #38724 by johnmereness
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I use a 6 volt optima too and also keep an extra in the trunk (in a plastic bin)- I do have to charge the extra on occasion due to lack of use, but when you see me charge it you may ask why a battery is sitting on a 2 x 6 in the middle of the concrete garage floor with nothing around it (I will admit I leave it unattended to a point, but always am not too far away and never leave it on a car overnight or if I stray too far away).

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29 Oct 2019 05:39 #38725 by johnmereness
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As to Optima's I think they would work well on a trickle charger - they key though is to never let one get too far run down (if so I think you have to charge one through another one or take it to a battery dealer). I love the weight of an optima (you can carry in one hand) and the only place I found them not really good was with cars stored in Packard Museum where too much starting and too little distance/running time seemed to be an issue.

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04 Nov 2019 21:30 #38785 by gnutting
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I've also read of a fire caused by a trickle charger, info from an insurance company, as I recall, don't remember which one. So, I'm with Mike and Tim, I never would leave a trickle charger hooked up to a car, very bad idea. To prevent your battery from discharging overwinter or whenever you are not using the car, install a battery cutoff. If there is no circuit, the electricity won't get out. What, then, is the "problem" to which the trickle charger is the solution? And with a battery cut-off, you won't have the danger of a short in the system. So unhook the 6 volt electric connection to save the battery, don't hook the house current's 120 volts to it.

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05 Nov 2019 05:23 #38787 by mikespeed35
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I charge all my battery's about three times a winter. All my lead acid battery's charge up in about one or two hours. My son has a car at my house with a Optima battery and to charge that it takes 8 or 10 hours. My battery's usually show 80 or 90 % charge when I start. His Optima shows 6% charge.
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