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Old 08-25-2013, 02:50 PM   #15
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Battery tenders

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So I read a story about a battery explosion from being left on a tender and now I'm afraid use either of my 2 tenders.

I use the Schumacher $20 tenders from Advanced Auto. Do I need to worry and how do I prevent an explosion?

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Who has the specifics on this battery explosion, please share the facts with us.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #16
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I use them all the time, no problems at all even after several months of continuos connection to battery.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:22 PM   #17
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I also use deltran junior Automatic tender.....no issue to date.......was looking to find the Facts on the issue mentioned in this thread.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:00 PM   #18
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I've been using them for many years with no issues.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:40 PM   #19
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For the past 15 years I have friends that store exotics for clients. 150+ per winter. They require every single car to have a Battery Tender brand tender on them and have never had any issues.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #20
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If you use a battery tender attached to the battery, is it neccesary to disconnect the battery from the car? I would prefer not to so I don't reset anything in the spring
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:42 PM   #21
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If you use a battery tender attached to the battery, is it neccesary to disconnect the battery from the car? I would prefer not to so I don't reset anything in the spring
No. Don't disconnect anything. I clip mine on the ground post on the leading edge of the driver's front fender, and one on the positive jump post underhood, plug the tender in the wall. I have never even seen my actual battery, and it stays 100% charged all winter with zero issues. BTW, My car is a 2010, and has been done this way every winter.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:30 PM   #22
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:44 PM   #23
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I wonder if guys are hooking them up to the battery, or the front engine bay positive post and a ground

Ive used them for 10 years without a problem
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:58 PM   #24
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I don't know about battery tenders, but I have known people that had batteries explode with a trickle charger. Charging a battery can release small amounts of hydrogen gas. They had the battery in a confined space that allowed the hydrogen to build up. Then they disconnected the charger cables while the charger was still on. The resulting spark ignited the gas and caused a small explosion. Luckily no major damage or injury.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:48 PM   #25
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I use positive post and engine block for a ground. Just a better charge for me.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:53 PM   #26
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I have had one on my Camaro since 2010 and it has never had any issues.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:44 AM   #27
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I wonder if guys are hooking them up to the battery, or the front engine bay positive post and a ground

Ive used them for 10 years without a problem
So, I use it and plug it in directly to the battery, is this correct, or should I tie it to the engine positive and ground?
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:37 PM   #28
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Batteries produce hydrogen when being charged. The engine can build up fuel fumes. The key is to avoid sparks and let things air out before connecting or disconnecting. Charge the battery fully, then hook the tender up before you plug it in to avoid sparks. Mine has a 10 amp and 2 amp setting. The 2 amp is the "tender" setting and is safer.

Make sure you use a tender and NOT a trickle charger. Tenders will cycle off when the battery is fully charged.

You can Google examples of tenders causing fires and I don't leave a tender on our boat. I am most concerned with the tender getting yanked by someone and sparking as it is pulled. I pull the batteries and charge them in the garage or just charge them in the spring as our winter is short. The AGM batteries don't seem to mind being neglected.
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