Battery linking

Submitted: Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:01
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We have purchased a battery to parallel with the one in the van and have found the one in the van is Gel and the new one lead acid. Can anyone tell us if it is OK to parallel these together as out local battery placed cannot.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:14

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:14
Always pays to check first. See if they will take it back and get one the same as the one you have then hook em up
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Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:49

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:49
Wet cell and Gel use different charge settings on your battery charger !!

I also would return it and get another AGM replacement (NOT Gel)

Maybe get a refund and go to a decent "battery place" for correct information!

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 12:00

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 12:00
Wetcell and Gel use different charge settings on your battery charger !!

I also would return it and get another AGM GEL replacement to MATCH you existing GEL van battery

(embarrassed) :-> meant to type NOT a wetcell battery

Mainey . . .


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Reply By: blown4by - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 18:18

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 18:18
I would get another Gel battery to parallel with the one in the van because the reason that they used that type in the first place is that they are a "deep cycle" battery that can supply a decent current flow to power the vans electricals for longer than a lead acid (wet) battery and the gel battery can do this right up until it is discharged. In comparison a wet battery gradually puts out less current flow over time as it goes from fully charged to discharged and is designed more for situations where it is being charged at the same time it is powering appliances such as in a car, boat, etc. Re the charging settings speak to good auto lekky or look on some websites for batteries or maybe do a Googler search. Both types of batteries can be charged by your car but if not set up properly one may become charged more than the otherbeacuse electrical current flow is just like water flow in that it takes the line of least resistance
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 22:39

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 22:39
You can get deepcycle batteries using wetcell, AGM or gel electrolyte.
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