Thursday July 6th, 2006|
Ok, interesting story time. The night before last my neighbor came over with a friend of his to look at my project. I fired up the panel and showed it to him and then left the master switch on and drained the batter. Doh! "No problem", I said to myself. I hooked up the BatteryMinder yesterday morning before work. When I came home...the battery was still only reading 6.5 volts. Ok...manual time. I opened up the BatterMinder manual and it states that that charger will not charge a batter that is less than 11 volts. Arggh...had to buy *another* charger that would do it. I picked up this deal over at Sears. It has three modes, 2 amp, 10 amp and 50 amp charge. I see by the PC680 owner's manual that a 10 amp charge is ideal...so that's what I did. It charged it in about an hour.
Then the BatteryMinder went on permanantly. The ring terminals on the BatterMinder cable are too large...but smaller than the OD of the ring terminals on my leads. So i put the BatteryMinder cable under the 1/4 terminals on my battery leads. Make sense? This thing will remain plugged in until the day that I fly. It's prefectly safe. Once the battery is charged it goes into maintenance mode and keeps the battery like new using fancy battery voodoo that I don't attempt to understand.