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Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? #7556707 07/15/19 04:24 PM
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How often would you guys recommend replacing the 12v feeder battery? I have 12V motors and Solar Panel setup - they run 2x daily for 3 seconds, year around. The batteries are now 1 year in service.

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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7556742 07/15/19 04:57 PM
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I've had them last 3-4 years.


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7556762 07/15/19 05:10 PM
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Assuming they have a solar panel on them not till they die.

I have good luck pulling the batteries every so often and putting them on a charger to get a full charge maybe once a year or so, but don't have to.


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7556766 07/15/19 05:14 PM
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The more you let them go completely to zero, the faster you will have to replace them.


Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7556767 07/15/19 05:15 PM
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we get about two years out of ours and they are hooked up to solar chargers. I think they just bake inside the sheet metal feeders is why they have to be replaced at all

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7556779 07/15/19 05:26 PM
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When they don't charge. I have some going on 5+ years. If you have good solar chargers they should maintain.

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7556849 07/15/19 06:59 PM
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I have had them last 5 years and a few not last a year. Seems I just never know, but most last 2 to 4 yars it seems


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7557439 07/16/19 06:13 AM
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Many last 3 years but since Buccies is on the way and batteries are cheap I replace yearly now.

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7557448 07/16/19 09:10 AM
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Usually replace ours every other year


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7565344 07/27/19 11:06 AM
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Whenever they no longer hold a charge. No sense in replacing until they’re bad.

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7565350 07/27/19 11:36 AM
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I still have one 12 volt that is going on 7 yrs old now. The other 3 I had to replace after 4-5 yrs old. Years ago batteries would last 10+ yrs, but nowadays they won't get anywhere near that. A lot depends on where they were made and materials used. I have had batteries that were still good but the spade clips would corrode off in the humidity down here. My solar panels have turned yellow and even after cleaning them they faded bad. Time for some new ones in the next year or so.


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7565688 07/27/19 10:09 PM
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I don't have a charger, and I just checked my battery today. I installed it about 12 months ago. Still going strong. I'll likely replace it next time I go up.

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7565956 07/28/19 05:39 AM
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I've got some running 3-4 years and still going, but the one in the back yard never seems to last more than 6 months.


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7566035 07/28/19 01:26 PM
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To me, depending on how often you go to your lease would factor into it. If your not there regularly I wouldn't let um run down totally. 20 bucks isn't much in the scheme of things during hunting season. I replace mine every other year whether they need it or not... up


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Longhunter] #7566063 07/28/19 01:56 PM
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I have a 12v car battery sitting on top of the feeder and extended the wire with quick connects to the display. it has been on 100% all year...… it goes off twice a day


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7566446 07/28/19 10:36 PM
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1 - 2 years for us normally. But with a good solar panel facing the right direction we have gotten 3-4 years. Bought a 6v/12v battery tester to field check. Eight backups right now in the camper. Will charge each for an hour and then check. Nothing worse than a dead battery for sure!


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All of our feeder batteries are on solar chargers and most have lasted 3-4 years. I always have extra batteries for back up just in case.

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7573263 08/06/19 01:34 PM
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It never hurts to keep a spare or 2 around for emergency sakes. For me it depends what brand you buy.

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7573530 08/06/19 07:21 PM
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I have one that is going on 3 years with a solar panel

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7573544 08/06/19 07:51 PM
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I have four feeders with rechargeable 6v batteries. I have one spare. I go to property almost every weekend and when I do I change out one of the batteries and take that one home and
charge it for the next weekend. So, I change out batteries about once every 4 or 5 weeks. Most say 90% charged when I change them. But that's my habit and how I do it.


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I have four feeders with rechargeable 6v batteries. I have one spare. I go to property almost every weekend and when I do I change out one of the batteries and take that one home and
charge it for the next weekend. So, I change out batteries about once every 4 or 5 weeks. Most say 90% charged when I change them. But that's my habit and how I do it.


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Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7576498 08/10/19 12:02 AM
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What feeders and chargers are you guys running? I seem to always have batteries going dead.

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7576581 08/10/19 02:12 AM
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My old Sweeney is still going, those old ones are tanks. Have a Herters that I bought 7 or 8 years ago at Cabela's that has not missed a beat, replaced the battery after I think 5 years


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I use 6 volt with solar panels I only had 2 go dead in 7 years

When they die changem

Re: Feeder Battery - Replacement Timeframe??? [Re: Klinker] #7577836 08/12/19 12:30 AM
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I used to replace them when they died.

Last year one died 3 weeks before rifle season started.

I spend 2-4k a year on corn, lease, food, and travel.

$20 a feeder is chump change to keep all of them working smoothly. I started using solar chargers 3 years ago. I thought it would keep them working, I was wrong.

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