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post #3 of Old 11-04-2008
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Which battery charger did you get? Is it an intelligent three-stage charger? If not, it will probably likely fry your batteries...

Most portable battery chargers aren't recommended for use on a boat as they can be a fire hazard. The alligator clips can come loose unexpectedly, and that can be bad. Also, it requires you to open the battery box to have the clips attach to the battery posts, and if you leave the battery box open and something falls across the posts...bad things can happen.

If you want to charge the batteries on the boat, you're much better off hardwiring in a proper marine battery charger into the system.

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