vexilar question.....

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2012/01/02 07:45:12 (permalink)

vexilar question.....

soooo.....ive been using the vexilar fl18 pro for a few years...and I love it....but I hate the short battery life. a few years ago I met a guy that was using a tractor or a motor cycle battery in a 3 gallon bucket with the unit mounted on the lid. he told me that he gets days instead of hours of use that way. gotta admit it was pretty sweet. my questions are...does anyone else do this? what battery do you use? and is there any potential to cause harm to the unit by doing this? thanks in advance.

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    NeFiShNeTiMe
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 08:06:59 (permalink)
    Sounds like you need to replace battery and follow the instructions for the new battery. I have had my fl18 for 3 years and I can go 3 full days and still have 30% batt left.

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    lovthoseyes
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 08:34:12 (permalink)
    anatikus, If your Vexilar uses a 12 volt battery,you can use ANY 12 volt battery. TWELVE VOLTS are TWELVE VOLTS no matter the physical size of the battery. A regular car battery can be used without any chance of harm. The electricial resistance of your unit determines how much electricial current (amps) it will draw from it's power source ( 12 volts). It is also protected by a fuse that will shut off current to the unit in case something shorts out and draws too many amps. No need to worry. I hope this helps you
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    anatikus
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 08:43:22 (permalink)
    ive gone thru 3 batteries in the past 5 years.... I use an auto charger and kept them charged in unused months....but still only get about 6 hours of use per battery. believe me, I follow the directions and only used vexilar batteries but it seems to be getting expensive.

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    anatikus
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 08:47:35 (permalink)
    thanks lov... I kinda feel like an idiot now, I shoulda realized that.

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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 10:33:17 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: anatikus

    ive gone thru 3 batteries in the past 5 years.... I use an auto charger and kept them charged in unused months....but still only get about 6 hours of use per battery. believe me, I follow the directions and only used vexilar batteries but it seems to be getting expensive.

    Maybe try using a vexilar charger instead of an auto charger. You may be burning up those batteries in some way. I've had my 18 for 8 years and i'm on my second battery. It's only 2 seasons old.
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 13:45:34 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: chauncy


    Maybe try using a vexilar charger instead of an auto charger. You may be burning up those batteries in some way.


    Chauncy is right. You don't want to charge with anything higher than a 500mA charge on a sealed lead acid flasher battery. Also, let the battery come to room temp before recharging.
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 19:03:18 (permalink)
    It has to be a battery or charging issue.
     
    http://www.fishusa.com/Vexilar-V-400-Battery-Charger_p.html
     
    http://www.fishusa.com/Vexilar-12Volt-9Amp-High-Performance-Battery_p.html
     
    If that doesn't solve the problem, I would be surprised.w_w.

    If it has fins and gills, I'm there.

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    anatikus
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/02 22:11:06 (permalink)
    thanks worm....the chargers I got are from vexilar....so are the batteries. I keep up with them in the summer and only charge them at room temp in the winter.... im just sick of needing to bring a spare battery or 2 for extended trips... i'll check out the link and see what they got to say about it. thanks again

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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/03 07:04:30 (permalink)
    Do you let your batteries go completely dead before you charge them.?

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    anatikus
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/04 01:48:07 (permalink)
    yes

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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/04 06:36:39 (permalink)
    That might be the reason. I don't let mine go completely dead.

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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/04 09:42:39 (permalink)
    Neither do i. No matter how much juice they have left when i get home, i put them on the charger. I never leave them in the truck overnite even if they show 80% and i plan on going out again the next day. That's just me tho. Some guys i know wrap theirs in a jacket or something when they leave them out overnite.
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    RE: vexilar question..... 2012/01/04 09:52:59 (permalink)
    I always keep mine inside when not in use. I have had my fl-8 for 3 years and still on the same battery and i can get 3 full days easy. is everything hooked up right? are the wires ok if theyre nicked and shorted out it will kill your battery. I never let my battery run completely out and try to charge it every time i use it.
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