Recent Topics
Viscosity Measurement and Units
by MolaKule
Yesterday at 11:06 PM
Red Line 0w-30 03 4Runner V8 160K 10K interval
by OneEyeJack
Yesterday at 11:05 PM
Calif. Monticello Dams Glory Hole Video
by sleddriver
Yesterday at 10:57 PM
Rearview mirror button fell off w/ chunk of glass
by y_p_w
Yesterday at 10:54 PM
Lubricants Containing Titanium Dioxide
by MolaKule
Yesterday at 10:23 PM
Slow Pump. Is it a problem?
by jimbrewer
Yesterday at 10:22 PM
What is an Intelligent Molecule? Idiot Marketing
by drseth
Yesterday at 10:03 PM
2011 GT500
by legandrex
Yesterday at 09:41 PM
Who knows how to teach my dog to do this???
by Dyusik
Yesterday at 09:29 PM
What police/crime shows do you guys like?
by car51
Yesterday at 09:29 PM
Motorcycle coolant?
by maverickfhs
Yesterday at 08:13 PM
Looking for the BITOG member with a Trasko
by OneEyeJack
Yesterday at 07:40 PM
trans service 2015 malibu 6T40
by gabriel9766
Yesterday at 07:18 PM
A most VEXING Dodge Ram Hemi... Coolant LEAK
by SumpChump
Yesterday at 07:11 PM
Kendall semi-synthetic
by aztec12
Yesterday at 06:11 PM
Valvoline VO-16 sliced and diced
by RichardS
Yesterday at 05:30 PM
Summer or winter blend for storage?
by another Todd
Yesterday at 05:17 PM
Service Pro M2222, 5,000 miles CUT OPEN
by car51
Yesterday at 05:17 PM
Gaming rig refresh.
by SEMI_287
Yesterday at 05:14 PM
Peak Green vs Zerex Green
by Need4racin
Yesterday at 05:07 PM
Newest Members
old_kodger, Eason111, Cuba, M54B30, killahurtz
60614 Registered Users
Who's Online
39 registered (bbhero, 72te27, Boro800, Bill_G, asiancivicmaniac, 7 invisible), 1241 Guests and 26 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
60614 Members
66 Forums
261444 Topics
4312784 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#2845269 - 12/23/12 01:32 PM Need a battery tender, short battery life
otis24 Offline


Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1466
Loc: South Dakota
I've consistently replaced the battery in my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan every two years. I drive short distances, mostly, in town. After sitting for about ten minutes with a door open or the radio running, it would need to be jumped. I was leaving for Colorado so I replaced it (Napa Legend 75). The factory battery failed at about two years. It was replaced with a Napa battery, followed by another, and now the 4th battery. I have tried to charge the battery periodically. The Ford dealership where I work did not have a Motorcraft in stock and I had about $40 pro-ration left on the current battery so I went with a Napa. I attribute the short battery life to the short distance driving, and the fact that my daughter ran the battery down a couple of times listening to the radio. My plan is to put a battery tender on it and keep it charged at least once a week. Any suggestions as to brands? I'm hoping to find one that I can leave the wires attached to the battery and just plug it into the tender periodically. Thanks in advance.
_________________________
1991 Chevrolet K1500 (4.3, 4x4, 86k miles)

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
(3.6 V6) 29150 miles

Top
#2845278 - 12/23/12 01:39 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
Danno Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 1497
Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
I recommend this one. We use it on our fleet trucks - E350 gas. If you plug your truck in, plug this and the block heater into one extension cord and that way you have a block heater and battery charged at the same time. You should be well under the capacity of a 15 AMP house circuit with this setup.

http://batterytender.com/products/automotive/power-tender-plus-12v-at-5a.html


Edited by Danno (12/23/12 01:43 PM)

Top
#2845295 - 12/23/12 01:51 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 14753
Loc: apple valley, ca
A battery tender is not a battery charger. I don't think you want a tender.I recommend a 2-4amp charger put on the battery a overnight a couple times a month
_________________________
02 Wrangler super-s 10w30
87 F250 proline 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 5w30
Z400 Lucas 10w30
KLR250 Maxima 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40

Top
#2845298 - 12/23/12 01:53 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 19528
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
I have a full size battery charger and use it once a week for 20-30 minutes each for all cars.

This is what I have for 7-8 years, it still working great.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accesso...fier=58755_0_0_
_________________________
'00 MB E430
'04 Honda S2000
'06 Volvo V70
'14 Honda Accord LX
"Throwing food away is like stealing it from the poor and hungry" Pope Francis

Top
#2845301 - 12/23/12 01:56 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 18023
Loc: Upstate NY
Look at the battery minder, it also has a desulfation circuit.

Have you checked your changing system for problems? Also could something be using power when the car is off?
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
#2845303 - 12/23/12 01:58 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 4248
Loc: MIchigan
Originally Posted By: otis24
ran the battery down a couple of times listening to the radio.


I think that's the problem.

Top
#2845307 - 12/23/12 01:59 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 18023
Loc: Upstate NY
OP - how often are you planning on hooking this up? If every night, then a "battery minder" if once a week, then a normal small 6 AMP charger.
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
#2845362 - 12/23/12 02:49 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
GROUCHO MARX Offline


Registered: 07/24/02
Posts: 11410
Loc: The Sandhills of NewYorkistan
In my experience, once you've run a battery down until you need a jump start, a few times , it's a short matter of time until you'll need a new one.

I'd bring a transistor radio to listen to and I'd also double check that the doors are completely closed when I leave the car as the inside lights staying on overnight a number of times will damage the battery.
_________________________
80% of people polled say that their neighbor should take mass transit to work.

Top
#2845368 - 12/23/12 03:03 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
[email protected] Offline


Registered: 11/23/04
Posts: 931
Loc: Michigan
Maybe you should consider an AGM battery next time(Optima comes to mind). Sams Club has Duracell or Energizer (forget which) AGM automotive batteries too, with a full 3 year warranty! And they are much cheaper than an Optima but still AGM and a better warranty.

As far as a tender goes, I bought a Schumacher 2 amp tender for my Prius 12v auxiliary battery. I semi-permanently wired it in with the supplied harness and leave the pigtail sticking out of the compartment (In the prius, the 12v auxiliary battery is in the trunk). Then about once a week I plug it in overnight for a maintenance charge. The Schumacher does the 3-4 or 5(forget which) step smart charge. I bought the tender at Advance Auto Parts for around $25 on sale w/discount code and it had a rebate too, bringing the price to around $13.


Edited by [email protected] (12/23/12 03:03 PM)
_________________________
'16 F150, 2.7EB
'16 F150, 2.7EB
Yes, I own 2 '16 F150s."Thanks Dad!" 1936-2015
97 FW Vista 278
T-4.3Gi 185hr&
4kw genset 17hr- T5

Top
#2845403 - 12/23/12 03:38 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
Russ300H Offline


Registered: 04/09/05
Posts: 491
Loc: Massachusetts
A friend of mine had a similar problems with his Dodge Cummins Diesel. He had burned through two sets of Die-Hards with no luck. I switched to Sears Platinum on mine (CTD)and he followed suit. I put mine up all winter and it started in the spring like I drove it the day before. No more problems and a 4 year replacement, 10 year pro-rated warranty. For regular batteries, I would get the AA with discount codes/coupon. When the going gets tough, the Sears are the best in my opinion.
_________________________

BOSTON STRONG! GO PATRIOTS!
00 Durango R/T 5.9 150K
96 Chevy Caprice Classic 4.3 134K
64 Chrysler 300K 413

Top
#2845486 - 12/23/12 04:48 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 20351
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Check here for my suggestion.
_________________________
Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 coupe - Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5w-40, Baldwin B1402
1984 F-150 4.9L six - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515

Top
#2845541 - 12/23/12 05:36 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
otis24 Offline


Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1466
Loc: South Dakota
I do have a battery charger. Will have to look at charging more often. Perhaps once or twice per month at 2 amps?
_________________________
1991 Chevrolet K1500 (4.3, 4x4, 86k miles)

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
(3.6 V6) 29150 miles

Top
#2845550 - 12/23/12 05:45 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: HTSS_TR]
GMBoy Offline


Registered: 11/22/04
Posts: 7199
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: HTSS_TR
I have a full size battery charger and use it once a week for 20-30 minutes each for all cars.

This is what I have for 7-8 years, it still working great.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accesso...fier=58755_0_0_


Got the same one, a very good unit.

I also agree the poster should fully charge his battery on occasion (1x week or 2x a month whatever) rather than a battery tender.

Top
#2845551 - 12/23/12 05:46 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: otis24]
GMBoy Offline


Registered: 11/22/04
Posts: 7199
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: otis24
I do have a battery charger. Will have to look at charging more often. Perhaps once or twice per month at 2 amps?


Use the max amperage. It helps break down any sulphated plates.


Edited by GMBoy (12/23/12 05:46 PM)

Top
#2845560 - 12/23/12 05:54 PM Re: Need a battery tender, short battery life [Re: Donald]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 13153
Loc: OH
I think you make a good point.
I think the OP has problems not related to the battery.
Something else is going on here.
It might be a good start to check electrical draw when the van is just sitting.
I'd could be higher than spec.
I'd also check alternator output.
It might be low.
You should be able to listen to the radio for hours without the battery being too weak to start the engine, assuming no other excessive draws and sufficient alternator output to keep the battery charged while the engine is running.
_________________________
12 Accord LX 61K HGMO 0W-20
09 Forester 67K PU 5W-30
02 Accord 144K GOil 5W-30
01 Focus ZX3 112K M1 5W-20
95 BMW 318iC 159K Delvac 15W-40

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >