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Old 01-19-2014, 10:46 AM   #31
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If you are going to buy a stand alone portable battery charger.
https://bestconverter.3dcartstores.c...der_p_139.html
And yes, only use distilled water to replenish the battery fluid levels.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:19 PM   #32
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The CTEK's are also nice

http://smartercharger.com/battery-ch...ti%20US%207002

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Old 01-19-2014, 02:16 PM   #33
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Given the requirement stated by Interstate for dual 6V systems, I'm wondering if any of these (including the one I bought) are really going to be able to do anything truly meaningful beyond "providing a float or trickle charge" as Paul said. So, are we just wasting on money on these when the trailer's built in can already do that?
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:39 PM   #34
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In Wisconsin you have hard water so you must use distilled water. Where I live we have soft water, tap water is OK ( according to my mechanic ).
I wonder if the mechanic does that with his own batteries, and if he pays retail prices for batteries?
Relatively "soft" municipal water is far from pure. In many cases, the minerals that people notice have just been replaced by other salts (that's what a water softener does). For the couple of dollars, I'll keep using distilled water on those rare instances when I need to add water to a battery.
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Just say'n.
I bought a gallon jug of distilled water myself, which was not easy to find in the Lower Mainland.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:06 PM   #36
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Read the description of the temp compensated Battery Minder ! It has a lot more "meaningful" functions in addition to "providing a float or trickle charge". I "wasted" money on this charger to maintain the battery on our tractor that I use during the winter for snow removal. Although the amperage may be lower (which prolongs the life of the battery) it is a better charger than the WFCO converter. I am recommending the Battery Minder as a stand alone portable battery charger based on a satisfactory experience.
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Jubal, I am in no way trying to insult your recommended charger, if that is how you took my reply. It sounds like very much like a quality unit as does Tom's recommendation.

The manufacturer's description of the one I bought makes it sound like it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And I use it on my tractor and field brush mower and it works well for that. What I am questioning is their value with dual 6v systems given the Interstate recommendations.
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boiled water can be made into distilled water, real cheap to create. Just need to boil and capture the steam and let it condense.
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I bought a gallon jug of distilled water myself, which was not easy to find in the Lower Mainland.
I'm surprised at the difficulty of finding it up there. It's here in every grocery store right next to the gallon jugs of spring water and the fancy name-brand waters.
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I think the distilled water shelf space has been displaced by flavoured and carbonated spring waters by Nestle, Pepsico and Coca Cola. I eventually found it at a Safeway ( where I had looked before ). $6.99 or so for four liters.
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