John “Toast” Oast from Fishyaker.com discusses the usefulness of having a portable digital device battery charger while kayak fishing. He specifically shows us a Pocket Juice 4000mAh charger with an Okuma Water Wolf video camera. For more kayak fishing and rigging videos visit Fishyaker.com or the Fishyaker Youtube channel
↓There can be a fair amount of confusion about the best way to store an RV Battery during the off season. In this episode I break it down to simplify the process and make some nice product recommendations along the way. In most scenarios the RV’er is storing his battery during the cold winter months and typically not during the hot summer months. The methods can adapted to either situation, hot or cold. The summer heat can damage a battery as much as poorly stored battery during the cold months.
↓The bottom line is to keep the battery case and posts clean and keeping the battery properly charged during the storage process . If your battery is going to be stored in the RV during the winter months you will want to make sure that it has a full charge and this will prevent it from freezing. Some have said that an RV Battery will freeze if left in the RV during storage and that is not true unless the temperature drops way below Zero.
↓If you decide to store the battery in the RV, make sure the battery is disconnected from any electrical source that good drain the battery during storage. It might just be best to physically disconnect the battery cables altogether. If you are unsure of how to hook the battery cables up later then you could take a picture or draw a diagram. It is important that battery gets hooked up the same way it was connected was, assuming it was correct to begin with.
↓I would opt to store the battery in a garage or some place that has power to run a Trickle Charger. The stored battery should be fully charged prior to storage and then the charge should be maintain during the storage period. Today there are plenty of Hi Tech battery chargers available and I recommend to purchase a battery charger that will go into float mode after the battery is charged. If your charger has this capability your can leave it hooked up to the battery and plugged in for the off season with no harm being caused to the battery.
↓It is best to store the RV Battery away from any source away from sparks or open flames. Although today’s batteries can be stored on a concrete floor it is best to store it on a piece of wood, work bench or similar. Make sure the surface is protected if it is a nice surface you care about. It is pretty simple to store a battery for the off season.
I recommend Battery Tender and Noco battery chargers to maintain All of your Batteries. Click here for more information about both brands and to purchase from Amazon.
Bonus Content: The below content was briefly explained in the podcast. You can consider this some bonus content if you are thinking about changing to a different battery type.
Gel Cell vs. AGM (glass mat) batteries.
What Is A Gel Battery?
Before you can determine the pros and cons of a gel battery and how they will affect you, it’s important to understand what exactly a gel battery is. A gel battery is very similar to a traditional lead-acid battery with the addition of silica to the electrolyte to create the gel like substance. This thickening of the electrolyte means that gel batteries can be installed in a variety of positions and don’t emit as many fumes.
Pro Tip: This allows for gel batteries to be used in applications where ventilation is limited.
How Does It Work?
A gel battery (often referred to as a gel cell battery) is a lead-acid battery that is valve regulated. When the electrolyte is mixed with sulphuric acid and silica, it becomes a relatively stationary gel substance. This gel mixture allows the battery to utilize the acid and electrolyte in the same way it would with a traditional lead-acid battery, just without the added maintenance.
A quick look at the MAXIM MAX745 multi cell lithium battery charging board. This board can charge 1 to 4 cells in series correctly. Use included DIP switches to set the number of cells and use the included potentiometers to fine tune the charging current and voltage.
In this week’s episode of Weekly Crop, Brian Young’s got the power with Pro-X, a brand that produces a comprehensive selection of high quality battery packs, chargers and adapters for video cameras, monitors and other video accessories.
Links to the product pages:
Pro-X 96Wh Battery Sony BP-U60/30/90 Type: https://www.vistek.ca/store/CamcorderBatteries/280548/prox-96wh-battery-sony-bpu603090-type.aspx
Pro-X 6600mAh Battery for Panasonic: https://www.vistek.ca/store/CamcorderBatteries/420216/prox-6600mah-battery-for-panasonic.aspx
Pro-X 13200mAh Battery for Panasonic: https://www.vistek.ca/store/CamcorderBatteries/420217/prox-13200mah-battery-for-panasonic.aspx
Pro-X E Series Li-ion Battery 98Wh 14.8V V Mount: https://www.vistek.ca/store/CamcorderBatteries/419977/prox-e-series-liion-battery-98wh-148v-v-mount.aspx
Pro-X E Series Li-ion Battery 147Wh 14.8V V Mount: https://www.vistek.ca/store/CamcorderBatteries/419978/prox-e-series-liion-battery-147wh-148v-v-mount.aspx
Pro-X E Series Li-ion Battery 294Wh 14.8V V Mount: https://www.vistek.ca/store/CamcorderBatteries/419979/prox-e-series-liion-battery-294wh-148v-v-mount.aspx
A custom made shelf for holding some of the many battery chargers we accumulate over time. A normal shelf would not hold them properly and they would fall off but my making custom cutouts in the shelf you can get them to stay in their place.
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Here are two great finds, one from a local Portland store with a dual charger and the other from ebay. Two batteries and charger plus extra from an ebay seller. You guys wont want to miss this one. DSLR video guys, you’ll need more than one battery for sure. Thanks for your support.
20 minutes long, and includes a channel introduction for my youtube channel at the end of the video.
Here is Episode 3 of The Build Series. All this footage was undertaken in Kununurra, Western Australia. We had the Manta Exhaust sent to Ord Mechanical Services to be fitted (OMS). We also had Coupletec Rustproofing & Enerdrive send us their products as well which were all fitted at our camp site at Lake Argyle Resort.
3″ with High Flow Muffler
Heavy Duty Kit
DC2DC Charger (30amp), 1000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter, 40amp AC Charger