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Old 06-16-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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Battery tenders and BOOM!!

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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Old 06-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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I would like to know more about the details of those stories. Tenders are designed to remain on the battery. I use a Battery Tender brand tender and have not had any issues.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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I would like to know more about the details of those stories. Tenders are designed to remain on the battery. I use a Battery Tender brand tender and have not had any issues.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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This may be a stupid question but can I have my battery connected to the car and hooked up to a tendor during the winter? Had a little trouble after winter storage with emissions since all my system reset since my battery was disconnected.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #5
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This may be a stupid question but can I have my battery connected to the car and hooked up to a tendor during the winter? Had a little trouble after winter storage with emissions since all my system reset since my battery was disconnected.
Yes, I have done this numerous times over the winters. Just make sure it's a "smart" tender (although most are now these days?). I've primarily used the Deltran, never had any issues with my Camaros or motorcycles. If you start the car every so often, disconnect the tender first.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:15 AM   #6
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Yes, I have done this numerous times over the winters. Just make sure it's a "smart" tender (although most are now these days?). I've primarily used the Deltran, never had any issues with my Camaros or motorcycles. If you start the car every so often, disconnect the tender first.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Yes, I have done this numerous times over the winters. Just make sure it's a "smart" tender (although most are now these days?). I've primarily used the Deltran, never had any issues with my Camaros or motorcycles. If you start the car every so often, disconnect the tender first.
Cool thanks. I have the one that is suppose to shut off when the battery is fully charged. I say supposed cause never actually saw it happen but good info to know thanks again.
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I've been using the Teltran Battery Tenders Plus brand for over 10 years with no problems, during the winter months the Battery Tenders are left on 100% of the time.

OP, did the story mention what brand of battery tender was being used, in fact was it a battery tender or a battery charger being used in the trickle mode?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:49 PM   #11
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It said it was a Deltran battery tender on an AC Delco Freedom Battery.

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I've been using the Teltran Battery Tenders Plus brand for over 10 years with no problems, during the winter months the Battery Tenders are left on 100% of the time.

OP, did the story mention what brand of battery tender was being used, in fact was it a battery tender or a battery charger being used in the trickle mode?
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #12
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It said it was a Deltran battery tender on an AC Delco Freedom Battery.
Oh boy, that's not good. Any other info? Age & condition of the battery? Was there a power surge? Was an extension cord used, if so how long was it & was it heavy duty? I'm no expert, but there are too many other factors possibly affecting this.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:44 AM   #13
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I use a Deltran Battery Tender Jr on the OEM original battery. It is permanently connected using the ring lugs. When it is plugged in, I keep the plug module outside the car and it is plugged into a heavy gauge extension cord. I also do not latch the trunk when it is plugged in. So far, it's worked as advertised with no problems.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:14 AM   #14
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I have used the Deltran tenders for about 6 years, and I've had no battery run downs or problems since. This is a first for me hearing about a catastrophe with one of them. Mine is left on 24-7 as well.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:50 PM   #15
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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?

Thanks!!

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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, 04:05 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, 04:22 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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I've been using them for many years with no issues.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:40 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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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, 10:42 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, 09:30 PM   #22
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:44 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, 11:58 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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I use positive post and engine block for a ground. Just a better charge for me.
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