It's "Maintenance Monday", and with the alarming frequency of boat fires in our Southwest Florida region lately, we're talking about marine battery chargers. The size of battery-charging equipment has grown to keep pace with larger and more sophisticated batteries. As charger output current has risen, cable sizes have increased in order to limit voltage drops or overheated conductors. This has led to direct-current cabling, which carries the charging current, and is much larg
Every boat has batteries, but don't just let them sit there during extended periods of idle time! Many vessels in our Southwest Florida area are either stored on trailers, or dry-stored by seasonal residents for 7 to 8 months at a time. Take the batteries out, thoroughly clean them, lubricate metal terminals and bolts, charge them up, and store them somewhere safe. Understand settings like float charge, know how your battery reacts to temperatures, and make sure that your par
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