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I learned about trick on how to charge a fully discharged AGM battery from the official Optima website. The process shown in the video above mirrors the process recommended by the actual manufacturer. You do need to be careful, but this is not something I cooked up in the basement.
AGM batteries are a little different than regular batteries, even deep cycle batteries should not be fully discharged. Most battery chargers have electronics that prevent them from dangerously recharging bad batteries. Completely dead AGM batteries can’t produce voltage to operate this safety device unlike deeply discharged traditional batteries.
What this method does is to trick your charger into thinking it is topping off a good battery while it is actually recharging a old dead one.
This does not always work, these batteries are not designed to be fully discharged and if they sit to long in this state there may be too much internal sufination to allow the electricity to recharge the battery.
Good battery (it doesn’t really matter what type as long as the voltage is the same – AGM or flooded cell just make sure both are 12 volt)
Deeply discharged AGM battery
Hook up the good battery and deeply discharged AGM battery in parallel
In parallel means connect positive to positive and negative to negative.
Do not have the charger connected to the battery yet
Hook up the good battery to the charger.
Turn on the charger.
Let charge for an hour
Check the AGM batteries. If they seem hot to the touch their may be something wrong with the batter. Batteries normally become warm during charging so a little warmth is not something to be alarmed with.
Also discontinue the process if you hear the battery a hissing sound coming from the safety valves.
With your voltage meter, check to see if the AGM battery has charged to 10.5 volts or above. This should take less than two hours.
Once the “bad” battery reads 10.5 or more, disconnect the charger
Connect the “bad” AGM battery to the charger.
Turn on the charger and continue until the AGM battery reaches a full charge
In most cases, but not all, this will charge a fully discharged AGM battery. There are professional AGM battery service centers that may be able to do more. This is important to me as these batteries are very expensive. I have three doe my solar set up and they cost over $300 a piece.
We have a lot of customers who are interested in solar charging 18650 and CR123 batteries, these batteries are mainly used for Satellite phones, two-way radios, flashlights, and other types of heavy duty portable devices.
There are many 18650 and CR123 battery chargers out there, but one we liked in particular came from a company called NiteCore. We found that the NiteCore P12 flashlight used these types of batteries, and it came with its own 18650 and CR123 battery charger. It works great with our solar chargers, you can find this flashlight and battery charger kit here:
We tested the battery charger and it can charge these batteries at around 2 hours from a full charge, the battery charger can charge at 700mAh which is perfect with all three of our solar chargers!
sCharger-5 max output is 1000mA, perfect for this battery charging kit! Interested in solar charging batteries and other types of mobile devices? Get your portable energy solution at http://www.suntactics.com today!
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How does a battery charger or charge controller recharge a lead acid battery? Here is the simple explanation.
In this video, I will describe the 3 stages of charging a lead acid battery as well as the equalization process. We get spoiled by advanced battery chargers nowadays but it still very beneficial to understand how it works and how to tweak the settings of your charger based upon the specific recommendations of the manufacturer.
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