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Old 12-31-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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I bought a trickle charger (this one http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en)

Worked great for my car battery, but I grabbed my lawn mower battery to see if I could bring it back to life. In the instructions it says that I need to have another set of cables to hook up to the negative pole, hook the red from the charger to the red on the battery. Then hook up the black from the charger to the other end of the cable that was hooked up to the negative side of battery. (sounds confusing I know) Does this mean I need to buy another set of cables? I figured id just have to grab the charger, hook up red and black and bingo.

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WHATTTTTT??? I have virtually exactly same charger, no start feature (sorry, mine was just shy of $50) and I use it left and right direct connection. First time I hear something like this. Of course, on my Silverado, you do not hook battery up directly, as it's fit with 2 charging ports, and that's where you hook up cables. But it's factory set up and you still do not need any extra cables.
Oh dear, just hook it up and be on with it.
two cables, my ars... China practicing English, or something..

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WHATTTTTT??? I have virtually exactly same charger, no start feature (sorry, mine was just shy of $50) and I use it left and right direct connection. First time I hear something like this. Of course, on my Silverado, you do not hook battery up directly, as it's fit with 2 charging ports, and that's where you hook up cables. But it's factory set up and you still do not need any extra cables.
Oh dear, just hook it up and be on with it.
two cables, my ars... China practicing English, or something..
Thats what I thought... I got mine on sale for $44.

So, I'm not gonna blow up?
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the only reason they tell you to do this is to move potential spark away from battery. same time, because you have 2nd mechanical connection junction, it will increase resistance in the circuit, have my word on it.
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oh, and be prepaired for some fun with this charger. it starts low, then needle jumps 100%-70%, and keeps cycling like this. I guess, that's float charge state. I already had mine swapped out for a new one - same behavior.
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the only reason they tell you to do this is to move potential spark away from battery. same time, because you have 2nd mechanical connection junction, it will increase resistance in the circuit, have my word on it.
exact same instructions.... so I can hook up direct with no issues? Should this be done outside in my garage, or is it OK in my basement?
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exact same instructions.... so I can hook up direct with no issues? Should this be done outside in my garage, or is it OK in my basement?

well, if you are that much obsessed with it... hook it up out in the field, or, better, in a concrete bunker, and also put on full mine sweep gear.

on a serious note. hook up direct anywhere you want to. THEN, and only then, connect power to charger. NO POWER - NO SPARK.
after done, unplug charger from outlet first, then remove negative, then positive.
unplugged chargers do not produce spark.
I, also, have stupid question. say, it's automotive battery. any car now has at least clock running. so, say, you removed battery for charging, and now are reinstalling it back. because you have at least clock running, how you gonna prevent spark, when connecting cables back? use another 61cm cable?
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I learned to jump start a car from a fellow who was from an eastern european country. You can imagine my surprise when he turned the good battery upside down and set the posts directly on the bad battery and said," Give it a try"
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I learned to jump start a car from a fellow who was from an eastern european country. You can imagine my surprise when he turned the good battery upside down and set the posts directly on the bad battery and said," Give it a try"


well, I guess that's ONE way to do it, lol!

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