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Old 12-16-2015, 12:48 AM   #1
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Question BatteryMINder Has anyone invested in one?

Thinking about installing a BatteryMINder, do they work?

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Old 12-16-2015, 12:53 AM   #2
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When I had an Airstream 3500 on a Sprinter chassis many owners were using it, They were quite happy.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:54 AM   #3
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I use one similar to that for my UTV's and occationaly put in on my RV for a charge in the winter. Works great.
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Old 12-16-2015, 12:40 PM   #4
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They were rated as one of the best in a Family Motor Coaching article dealing with battery maintenance.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:30 PM   #5
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I use a Battery Tender (same thing, different brand) on the motorcycle in the winter. Works a treat. Which reminds me, 15 degrees this morning. I need to hook it up!

I had one on the chassis battery of the Axis, but traffic at the storage lot killed the extension cord.

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Old 12-16-2015, 02:55 PM   #6
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If your going to use it for your RV, I believe you have to isolate your batteries from you RV circuit, by either disconnecting them or an Isolation switch. Doing that, the BatteryMinder should work great. The problem arises that anything inside your RV that works concurrently with your batteries will not work... lights, fans, ect. So my question back would be, if your going to use this on your RVs batteies... WHY? Please tell us more of your intentions.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:01 PM   #7
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I have used Battery Tender products for years. On the motorcycles, boat, TT and now the RV. One Battery tender plus will maintain two batteries, not sure about any more. I just purchased a Battery Tender 15w solar for the house batteries and a 5w Solar for the chassis. My coach faces south when stored so they lay on the dash. Deltran (Battery Tender) also has excellent customer service if you have any questions a human even picks up the phone.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:10 PM   #8
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I use a Battery Tender on my boat
this one I believe it is
022-0150-DL-WH

before using this I replaced far too many batteries that died due to long storage times and self discharge. Since using this, knock on wood, I've gone a long time with no problems. I give it high marks!

On my MH, I installed disconnects on each battery and haven't had a problem, storing roughly 3 months without use, usually less. I think these trickle chargers really pay for themselves for batteries that see much longer storage times... maybe 5, 6 months and more....
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:33 PM   #9
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I don't have the model you are looking at but I like mine so well, I bought two of them two years ago and still going strong. I have 10 different battery's to maintain.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:42 PM   #10
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This is not a battery charger it is a battery desulfonator and I wouldn't trade mine for anything. It works great. It is not a battery tender, don't confuse it with a battery tender. It works anytime the battery is being charged.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:28 PM   #11
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I use a 3 volt Schumacher charger/maintainer and would not travel or store my axis without it.

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Old 12-28-2015, 05:40 PM   #12
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I bought the BatteryMinder years ago when we lived in Alaska. I would pull the batteries from my class C for winter storage and hook them all up to the BatteryMinder. My deep cycle batteries went from lasting 2-3 years to about 6 (I never had to replace them again before I got rid of the class C). Now I carry it in the diesel pusher just in case my toad battery needs a little help.

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Old 12-30-2015, 01:00 AM   #13
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If your going to use it for your RV, I believe you have to isolate your batteries from you RV circuit, by either disconnecting them or an Isolation switch. Doing that, the BatteryMinder should work great. The problem arises that anything inside your RV that works concurrently with your batteries will not work... lights, fans, ect. So my question back would be, if your going to use this on your RVs batteies... WHY? Please tell us more of your intentions.
This is not a battery charger. This is a battery desulfonator. You do not need to disconnect or isolate the batteries from the coach. This only works when connected and the battery is being charged either by the vehicle alternator or via the converter.

Come on people be accurate, it a desulfonator it keeps your batteries from sulfonate buildup. It's made for use in vehicles such as RV's. If you don't know what a desulfonator is or how to desulfonator a battery look it up. The other method of using high voltage for hours can produce hydrogen gas. This method doesn't.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:25 AM   #14
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Battery Tender Plus. Hardwired mine to battery and secured to AC outlet. As long as there is AC the chassis battery was being maintained. There will be no problem even running gen while traveling.
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Old 12-30-2015, 01:48 PM   #15
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This is not a battery charger. This is a battery desulfonator. You do not need to disconnect or isolate the batteries from the coach. This only works when connected and the battery is being charged either by the vehicle alternator or via the converter.

Come on people be accurate, it a desulfonator it keeps your batteries from sulfonate buildup. It's made for use in vehicles such as RV's. If you don't know what a desulfonator is or how to desulfonator a battery look it up. The other method of using high voltage for hours can produce hydrogen gas. This method doesn't.
BatteryMINDer Model 1500: 12Volt 1.5 Amp Maintenance Charger / Desulfator can be found at this URL. BatteryMINDer 1500 | 12 Volt Maintenance Charger Desulfator

The Battery Minder is a Maintainer, Charger and Desulfator that can be used on a single or multiple batteries. Although they mention it is for 12V batteries the instruction manual says it can be used on multiple 6V batteries connected in series to where the final output is 12V.

One note on the Battery Minder, and all AC chargers, is that if AC power is not available the wires must be disconnected from the battery or the unit may actually draw power. This point was made in the FMCA article I mention above.
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Old 01-03-2016, 09:00 PM   #16
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If your going to use it for your RV, I believe you have to isolate your batteries from you RV circuit, by either disconnecting them or an Isolation switch. Doing that, the BatteryMinder should work great. The problem arises that anything inside your RV that works concurrently with your batteries will not work... lights, fans, ect. So my question back would be, if your going to use this on your RVs batteies... WHY? Please tell us more of your intentions.
I don't believe anyone responded to your question. My thought is that some RV chargers are not as "smart" as others and can continuously charge the batteries, causing them to eventually boil dry. This is a normal occurrence when a battery is charged. I think that maintainers can also cause a battery or batteries to eventually loose water, but not nearly as at high a rate as a battery charger. I have used maintainers on RV batteries while still connected with no ill effects. However I make sure the "Use" switch in set to storage.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:47 PM   #17
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Ooooops senior moment. I use solar and the the Batterymnder desulfonator. Works great.

That's the device the giant RV corona, sales manager, service manager had no frigging idea st to what it was. My batteries had died while in their shop. I told them once, then twice, and when he asked the third time I sad Sr. It hasn't changed since the first time I told u what it was. It is still a desulfonator. He blew, told hm he was a stupid bully, got kicked out which turned out to be the best because I easily fixed the remaining issues with Thor Warranty help, now I know how to do stuff.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:50 PM   #18
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I purchased the 15 watt solar panel version, (Model SCC-015), for my PopUp way back in 2004. It kept the house battery on a float charge, and "de-sulfated" always ready for use.

I have since used it for other vehicles that I will not be using regularly. I just place the solar panel on the dashboard, and the BatteryMinder does it's thing.
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Bought the batteryminder 2012 today!
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