[ROVERNET - UK] Battery Charging, in or out of the car

Warwick Brooks warwick at regscom.com.au
Thu Aug 16 13:31:20 BST 2007

Just realized that I didn't point out in my previous reply that I was
referring to a conventional flooded cell, open lead-acid battery when I
spoke of occasional deliberate over-charging; not a low-maintenance "sealed"
battery or gel cell.  Follow the manufacturer's recommendations in the case
of these.


-----Original Message-----
From: rovernet-bounces at lyris.ccdata.com
[mailto:rovernet-bounces at lyris.ccdata.com] On Behalf Of Brian Humphreys
Sent: Thursday, 16 August 2007 7:11 PM
To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Battery Charging, in or out of the car


I recently had to purchase a new battery. Not because my old one was worn
out, but because it had been in and out of the car so many times to be
charged (too much sitting in the garage and not enough driving), that the
constant removing of the negative terminal had made the lead post turn into
a conical shape. As a result, tightening the negative terminal meant that
the terminal climbed up the post and off the top!

Anyway, why shouldn't I charge the battery in the car and leave the positive
and negative terminals connected. Is this a potentially dangerous thing to
do, and is there any danger of damaging the modern radio/cd player that I
have fitted.

For info, my new battery is of the fully sealed variety and is mounted in
the boot.

Many thanks,

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