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Old 10-30-2013, 06:53 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, 12:44 PM   #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, 03:37 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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Old 09-14-2014, 08:53 PM   #29
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My Deltran Battery Tender did explode once. I called Deltran in Deland and they did not ask me any questions, instead they said " we will ship you another one". I'm using battery Tenders for many years since the late 80s, and this was the first time mine exploded. So it can happen ... Be careful.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:15 PM   #30
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:03 PM   #31
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can you still use a car cover when you use a battery tender. Just wondering if anyone has ever heard of any vapors or anything getting trapped under the cover and possibly leading to issues?
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:17 PM   #32
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The battery is vented to the bottom of the car (or should be). I believe hydrogen sulfide is heavier than air. There should be no buildup under your cover.

I leave my battery tender on all winter while the car is covered. No problems.
In fact I have five Deltran battery tenders going right now and I have never had a problem. Your fine.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:19 PM   #33
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Worth the money for a good brand. Never had any issues except for frayed wires from someone closing the hood on the leads.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:14 PM   #34
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Something to think about here is the condition or age of your battery.
Lots of folks are focusing on the tender but I think the root of the problem was the battery.
IMHO - Nothing is smarter than disconnecting it when you are not there and do not need it.
Anything designed to be connected to a battery and charge it will do just that.

I am re-thinking my just hook it up and leave routine because I recently had a old but good working Optima battery start to vent.
At the time it was being charged outside of the car not with a tender and in a well ventilated open space in my garage - luckily my wife noticed it and disconnected it before it started to play with my gas water heater pilot light.

I like the idea someone posted about hooking the tender up to a timer so it can not just continuously charge and cook!
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:30 PM   #35
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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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You really have nothing to worry about.

This is typical of the internet

10,000000 in service with Zero issues, 1 failure and it spreads like a disease.

Follow the manufacturers instructions Boom Avoided.

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Old 12-11-2014, 04:29 PM   #36
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You really have nothing to worry about.

This is typical of the internet

10,000000 in service with Zero issues, 1 failure and it spreads like a disease.

Follow the manufacturers instructions Boom Avoided.

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I agree, we use them on several cars, boats, trailers and toter homes. NEVER an issue.

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Old 12-11-2014, 04:37 PM   #37
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I have three Battery Tenders and two DieHard Tenders (one for each battery) and they are on 365 days a year. I have never had any problems. The only battery that I ever saw explode was one my neighbor had that had froze and he put it on a battery charger on the Fast Charge selection. It was not a pretty site.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:50 PM   #38
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Something to think about here is the condition or age of your battery.
Lots of folks are focusing on the tender but I think the root of the problem was the battery.
IMHO - Nothing is smarter than disconnecting it when you are not their and do not need it.
Anything designed to be connected to a battery and charge it will do just that.

I am re-thinking my just hook it up and leave routine because I recently had a old but good working Optima battery start to vent.
At the time it was being charged outside of the car not with a tender and in a well ventilated open space in my garage - luckily my wife noticed it and disconnected it before it started to play with my gas water heater pilot light.

I like the idea someone posted about hooking the tender up to a timer so it can not just continuously charge and cook!
I agree. I worked for Checker Auto and Western Auto for 20 years and it was a battery problem 99.9% of the time. Frozen batteries cause plates to move, broken terminal posts from batteries being dropped, hooking up the battery cables to the wrong terminals are just some of the problems which cause batteries to fail during charging. One of my employees at Checker Auto hooked up a battery to the charger before testing it and it had a short in it and the battery charger caught fire. That's why I always turned off the chargers at night before leaving the stores. Your more expensive battery tenders have automatic shut-off function to prevent any problems.
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