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Solar battery trickle charger

Postby BigBill » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:29 am

Does anyone use one? I just purchased one for my Jeep tractor that sits all summer. I figure with the high cost of new batteries the solar charger may save $$ in the long run. Maybe solar chargers on the tractors I don’t run that much. Any thoughts?

One more thought with battery boxes. My buddy worked for the bus company. He would rebuild the battery boxes and apply a heavy coat of tar inside them. I been thinking of using a steel battery box with a plastic battery box inside it. Going to need a breather hose to vent the battery, I guess they originally had this hose? Any thoughts?
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby Glen » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:40 am

Hi,
Below is a listing at TM Tractor for a new battery box for a Cub, if you need the pics. This shows what they originally looked like. :)

http://www.tmtractor.com/new/el/5721fp.htm

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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby ShawnAgne » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:00 am

Big Bill, if you have a rural king in your area you'll find their battery prices are quite reasonable. Where I got my wifes car battery a month and a half ago. Also regarding the battery box what is the thinking behind the plastic box? Not criticizing just curious. As glen showed that is what the original box looked like and basically every Farmall tractor had a metal box for the batter in it.
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby inairam » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:18 am

I use the solar battery trickle charger purchased and have assembled them using parts I picked out.

It does help with infrequently used equipment.

If you are having a battery problem it does not replace putting a battery on charge overnight.
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:20 am

ShawnAgne wrote:Big Bill, if you have a rural king in your area you'll find their battery prices are quite reasonable. Where I got my wifes car battery a month and a half ago. Also regarding the battery box what is the thinking behind the plastic box? Not criticizing just curious. As glen showed that is what the original box looked like and basically every Farmall tractor had a metal box for the batter in it.


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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby lowgearfarm » Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:22 am

I have two independent 12 volt solar panels for battery trickle charging - one on the backup home generator and one on a 10 year old motorcycle gel battery that starts the wood splitter. Both units sit idle for months, but have ALWAYS started when needed, with zero maintenance. I'm very pleased with their performance. My '49 Cub is 6 volts and haven't seen any 6V panels advertised, so I use an AC powered trickle charger for the Cub.
A word of caution on setting up the panels: The first panel I bought I just kinda set it up facing more or less South. After a while, a gust of wind blew it over. I set it up again. It got blown over again. After this happened 3 or 4 times it finally got blown onto a rock and shattered the panel [I'm a slow learner]. I finally took the time to build a robust frame for the replacement panel.

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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby BigBill » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:19 pm

The battery acid can eat the steel battery box and leak on the final extentions, tranny, flooring. Put the plastic box inside the steel box.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby Redcub » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:20 am

Solar Charger;
A buddy of mine introduced me to his 12V solar unit made by Battery Tender.
http://www.batterytender.com/
He puts it in the rear window of his car with the nose of the car pointed North. Works great.
Many other companies out there make them also.

Duracell makes a small 6 volt /12 volt battery charger the uses 120 household AC power. I have one for the Cub. Still in the box so far :roll:
There was a really good thread here about the true difference between a "trickle charger" and a "maintainer". ( Thinking it was Mr. Jim Becker that made that post ).


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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:38 pm

Redcub wrote:. . .
There was a really good thread here about the true difference between a "trickle charger" and a "maintainer". ( Thinking it was Mr. Jim Becker that made that post ).
. . .

Maybe this thread?
viewtopic.php?f=47&t=80936

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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby BigBill » Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:01 pm

Schumacher makes good quality battery chargers, I have their charger/ jumper setup for over 30 years now still works. I been talking with them about a slide in power supply to replace the battery. For having multiple tractors it would be great. No word yet.
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby Shane N. » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:18 am

BigBill wrote:Schumacher makes good quality battery chargers, I have their charger/ jumper setup for over 30 years now still works. I been talking with them about a slide in power supply to replace the battery. For having multiple tractors it would be great. No word yet.

Isn’t a battery a slide in power supply?
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby john2189 » Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:38 pm

Question. Could two or three batteries be hooked up parallel to one maintainer?
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby Eugene » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:10 pm

john2189 wrote:Question. Could two or three batteries be hooked up parallel to one maintainer?
You could, but I doubt that a single maintainer would "maintain" them.

I put the tractor batteries on the basement work bench. Fully charge up each battery. Then with one maintainer, put the maintainer on one battery for several days, then move it to the next battery.
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby john2189 » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:16 pm

Was just wondering. I’ve never used one before. I have charged batteries that way many times. Didn’t know if a maintainer would have enough power to work that way.
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Re: Solar battery trickle charger

Postby BigBill » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:46 am

You need diodes between the batteries so if a battery goes bad it won’t kill the others.
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