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Battery Myth | How Often Should I Charge My Motorcycle, ATV or Boat Battery?

Posted on January 6, 2011
Any type of lead acid battery should always be left in a fully charged condition. Having done that, you should either charge your battery every 30 days or so, or consider getting a smart charger to maintain your battery all the time. These new ‘smart’ chargers will hold the voltage at its prime voltage, while reducing the current to almost nil, thus preventing overcharge even when left on for months at a time. A battery will self discharge over time, even while not in use or connected to anything, thus the benefit of constant maintenance charger. read more...

Written Tutorial | Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery FAQ

Posted on January 10, 2011
What makes Shorai Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries different from other batteries?

A. Shorai LFX batteries contain proprietary eXtreme-Rate Lithium Iron prismatic cells (chemistry LiFePO4). Shorai LFX batteries contain no poisonous lead, no acid, and do not create gasses during charge, as traditional Lead-Acid batteries do. Compared to lead-acid, Shorai LFX lithium are also extremely light, have much lower self-discharge, do not sulfate, and are environmentally friendly. While there are other companies now offering Lithium-Iron based powersports batteries, all except Shorai use cylindrical cells originally made for power tool applications. Such cells are inferior to Shorai Prismatic LFX, for several reasons. read more...

Battery Myth | Will a Small Charger Maintain a Large Bank of Batteries?

Posted on January 17, 2011
Quick answer: No. When you are dealing with a bank of batteries that is collectively larger than a car battery (max 100 amp/hours), you should crunch the numbers to find the ideal charger for your situation. Normal, static power drain on a brand new battery can be as high as 2-3% a month, which in the case of a 1000 amp battery pack(total)would translate to roughly 30 amps. Assuming the batteries are hooked up to something, it would be fair to double that. If your batteries are not new, the drain will likely be even more. So triple that number. If we assume a total 10% monthly drain, in this case 100 amps, you can see that you are tasking a small battery charger to recharge the same amount of power normally reserved for a larger charger. read more...

Battery Maintenance | Can I Use a Battery Tender on my Shorai Battery?

Posted on January 9, 2012
Shorai batteries are not like other batteries. They are small and lightweight. If you pick one up with your hand you'll swear there's nothing inside the case. But they offer amazing cranking power for your powersports. Shorai makes batteries to fit most motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, and personal watercrafts. These are true upgrades compared to the standard lead acid batteries that we've been using for so long. But, will your old Battery Tender Maintenance Charger still work with your new Shorai battery? read more...

Knowledge Base | A New Look

Posted on January 13, 2012
My experience with BatteryStuff has taught me a lot about technical concepts. Most of our products don't require a college degree to understand how to use them. We strongly believe in educating the customer and giving them the ability to make the best decision. We won't fool you into buying the most expensive item. We suggest products based on meeting the needs of your unique application. But before giving us a call and asking all of your questions, why not try a little research? read more...

Robin's Corner | How to Determine the Size of Your Solar System

Posted on February 10, 2012
I am going to put in a solar system and I need to know what all I need for this project. The solar will have to operate a Refrigerator, washer, lights, TV, PC, and a power tool or two. Then know this; in order to accurately size your solar system, we need the following information:
1. The amount of Draw that each device in your system uses. It is usually listed on the back of the unit near the power input and will be rated in volts (V), amps (A), or watts (W).
2. The amount of sun hours in your area (Direct sunlight)
3. The amount of hours each device in your system will be running in a 24 hour period. read more...

What are the 3 Stages of Smart Chargers?

Posted on June 13, 2012
You may have heard it said "you need a 3 stage charger". We've said it, and we'll say it again. The best kind of charger to use on your battery is a 3 stage charger. They are also called "smart chargers" or "micro processor controlled chargers". Basically, these types of chargers are safe, easy to use, and will not overcharge your battery. Almost all of the chargers we sell are 3 stage chargers. But here's the million dollar question: What are the 3 stages? What makes these chargers so different and efficient? Is it really worth it? Lets find out by going through each stage, one by one. read more...

On-board Desulfator | Battery MINDer vs Pulse Tech

Posted on October 4, 2012
The PP12L and the OBD-12 are very similar. They are both on-board desulfators, not chargers. Because they do not put out any voltage or current, there is no need for AC power. They both hook up directly to the terminal posts of your battery system via positive and negative cables. Pulse Tech and Battery MINDer have slightly different patents on their sulfation removing algorithms, but both are just as effective when used long term. But which one is the best one for you? read more...

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