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It seems to me that, as sometimes happens on Sailnet, in the quest for perfection, everyone advises the guy to hit a flea with a sledgehammer.
It seems to me that if you're pulling a battery off a boat for long-term storage, and that battery is fully charged, a float charger is good enough - a simple tool for a simple job. Why pay 5-15x that for a 3-stage charger when 2 of the 3 stages will never be needed?
I agree that HF stuff is cheap. Who else makes a decent float charger that you can recommend? And can someone who has the Guest portable charger tell me what country it was manufactured in?
By the way, I read the Cape Dory forum a few weeks ago. While my recollection of the specifics is hazy, at the time it sounded to me more likely that the battery went dead due to incorrect connection of the float charger than equipment malfunction.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
Last edited by TakeFive; 06-11-2011 at 11:54 PM.