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12V battery charger- feeder battery #7309818 10/09/18 09:59 PM
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I need a reliable 12V battery charger (not solar charger, but actual battery charger) for my deer feeders. The Wildlife Innovations 6V/12V charger is the biggest POS out there, so don't recommend this unit. Thanks!



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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7309849 10/09/18 10:50 PM
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Iíll have a look to see what it I have now. The first solar charger I had on the feeder was all plastic. The coons just flat tore it to little pieces. So the replacement has an aluminum frame and mounting gear, though the coons have twice wrecked the wiring from solar cell to battery. Itís in some serious conduit now. You could do chin-ups on it. Iím ahead, for now...

Iíll look.


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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7309879 10/09/18 11:39 PM
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I need to get some solar chargers also, but I'm looking for an actual battery charger that plugs into the wall to charge a dead 12V feeder battery.



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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7309896 10/09/18 11:58 PM
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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310098 10/10/18 03:04 AM
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Chad, I just use a battery charger I got at Walmart. It has a switch for either 6v or 12v batteries. Worked great for me for the last 5 years.

Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310120 10/10/18 04:16 AM
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I'm a big fan of Battery Tender products. I've got several products of theirs, haven't had any problems from them.

Something like THIS would probably work just fine for what you want to do.

Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310128 10/10/18 04:44 AM
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You want to make sure youíre using a charger thatís designed for the type of battery you need to charge. As a general rule, the type of connectors will tell you the type of battery itís designed to work with. If it has small, alligator type clips it was likely designed to work with smaller 6 and 12-volt batteries. A charger with much larger clips is likely designed for larger batteries. Using the wrong charger can destroy the battery. Thatís the simple answer without getting into battery construction.

Iíve also purchased the smaller 6-volt batteries that I found were DOA and would not take a charge once I got them home. Wouldnít be surprised if they were batteries that someone purchased earlier, put the wrong charger on them, and then returned them claiming they were bad.


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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310198 10/10/18 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
I need to get some solar chargers also, but I'm looking for an actual battery charger that plugs into the wall to charge a dead 12V feeder battery.

I bought one at Interstate.


Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310233 10/10/18 12:24 PM
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Walmart sells some really good cheap little battery chargers. I have a couple, charger is about size/shape of a brick with a wall plug cord and asset of battery leads about 8-foot each. They will charge and automatically sense 6 or 12 volt and wont overcharge and have a maintainer feature. I have left batteries on the charger for a month with no issue. Only down side I have found is I use it for everything and its 1.5 amp charge (which is great for batteries) takes a while to charge up the deep cycle on our boat etc. They run around $20.


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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310241 10/10/18 12:36 PM
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My experience with the plug in the wall chargers are that they are all over the place in output, especially the ones with a toggle switch to goes from high to low. Check them with a volt meter and select accordingly.

BatteryMINDerģ Model 1510 is what I use.

I have had excellent service from Wildgame Innovations 12V solar panels from Academy.

Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: Shotgun Willie] #7310728 10/10/18 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: Shotgun Willie
I'm a big fan of Battery Tender products. I've got several products of theirs, haven't had any problems from them.

Something like THIS would probably work just fine for what you want to do.
This brand has been the best as we have tried everything.. Battery tender makes another one a step up that will work on 6 volt and 12 volt and also blink orange if the battery will not take a charge.... Most of the time these 12v batteries are such hunks of Chit now!!! We go to a computer store to buy our now... Sonic batteries have proved to be the best.. they are grey with a blue top...

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I'm a big fan of Battery Tender products. I've got several products of theirs, haven't had any problems from them.

Something like THIS would probably work just fine for what you want to do.
This brand has been the best as we have tried everything.. Battery tender makes another one a step up that will work on 6 volt and 12 volt and also blink orange if the battery will not take a charge.... Most of the time these 12v batteries are such hunks of Chit now!!! We go to a computer store to buy our now... Sonic batteries have proved to be the best.. they are grey with a blue top...


Battery Tender here too. up


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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310779 10/10/18 11:13 PM
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Ditto battery tender, iirc it also conditions the battery, anyone? I could have it confused with the boat charger scared Tender works great on my ATV, welder and compressor tho.


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Re: 12V battery charger- feeder battery [Re: ChadTRG42] #7310978 10/11/18 04:04 AM
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I'll second the idea that having a charger with clips that will fit the battery is important. I just looked at one of my chargers for 6 and 12 Volt and they have smaller clips that will attach to the smaller 6 and 12 volt batteries and stay there. I have another that has larger clips and it is a pain in the .... sadly it does not even have an indication of the brand. I probably got it at Walmart or Academy but it works the best for me.


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Threw my WIldgame Inovations charger in the trash last week. Third and final one I will ever own.

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