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Battery question

I don't use the car often, the buy that did the jump start last time recommended 1000 amp battery instead of the current one?
Ant recommendations?
Is it possible?
Where would I find it?
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The best solution is to use a battery tender type device to keep the battery topped off. This is not a regular cheapo charger....it analyzes the battery condition and charges (or not) as appropriate. Some use microprocessors, some use dedicated analog charger ic's. Either works just as well. Lead Acid is very easy to handle, unlike Lithium Ion.
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I don't use the car often, the guy that did the jump start last time recommended 1000 amp battery instead of the current one?
Ant recommendations?
Is it possible?
Where would I find it?
Thank you
Battery is fine. Get a battery tender. The 1.5-amp Shumacher units I use colst less than 20 bucks at Wally Mart. Look for "Float technology".

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Thank you

This is very helpful
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sorry for my ignorance, another question

does the battery tender need to be connected to an electric outlet?
I store the car in a storage place without one
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Not at all. You can buy another battery with a inverter to power your battery tender. And if needed you can buy one more battery to power another inverter to power a second battery tender to keep the battery that you will be using to power your first battery tender to charge your first battery, charged.
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great ideas, thank u for help
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Not at all. You can buy another battery with a inverter to power your battery tender. And if needed you can buy one more battery to power another inverter to power a second battery tender to keep the battery that you will be using to power your first battery tender to charge your first battery, charged.
Hahah that would be hilarious to see...OP please let us know if you do this

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My local storage company does not have electricity available in their storage units. They agreed to allow me to install solar panels on their roof (using sand-bags to secure the base, instead of screws or bolts). This way, electricity is available to float charge the car battery. Perhaps something of this sort would be an option for you.

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Do you get enough light to use a solar powered tender?

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does the battery tender need to be connected to an electric outlet?
I store the car in a storage place without one
Hmm. Tough call. Some interesting options:

1. Solar, as others have suggested, if you can get the solar collector in a good place and get the wires into the storage unit.
or
2. Get a large battery, place it on a board next to the car and hook it up in parallel to the battery in your car. Once in awhile, take this large battery home and charge it.
or
3. When you store your car, remove the battery, take it home and put it on a battery tender.

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Solar panels do not produce enough current unless there is a very large surface area. My suggestion is to install a battery isolation switch which will of course mean you will have no alarm. BTW there is not such a thing as a 1000Ah car battery, they are normally amount 45Ah
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Why not just park it and take the battery home with you?


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Not at all. You can buy another battery with a inverter to power your battery tender. And if needed you can buy one more battery to power another inverter to power a second battery tender to keep the battery that you will be using to power your first battery tender to charge your first battery, charged.
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^^ Or that...
Or a gas generator.


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Why not just park it and take the battery home with you?
There's a funny echo in here.

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Whoops. Didn't see that.
I think Squidward's idea is better anyway.


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