Charging starter battery

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  1. boxtraveller

    boxtraveller Funster

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    My MH 2013/14 model built on a Peugeot chassis has a +ve battery connection under the bonnet and I was old that I could connect my charger or booster cables there if I needed to. (The negative side to go to a chassis point)
    This would save lifting mats and covers in the cab to get at the battery but having looked at the battery I see it is of the old style with vent caps which I assume need to be released whilst it is on charge.
    My questions therefore are as follows:
    Is it OK to use that connector and leave the battery connected to the vehicle whilst it charges, good intelligent charger from CTEK?
    Do I have to release the vent caps whilst it is charging and I guess top up the electrolyte with Distilled water if necessary or can they be left tight.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    yes....perfectly ok to use the remote terminals.....thats what they're there for. (as well as jump starting)

    no need to remove the battery vents as the ctek charger wont allow overcharging, which is when most gassing occures.

    worth checking the fluid levels anyway before charging.
     
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    If it is wet unsealed it will have a vent pipe. I think you might find that it is actually maintenance free sealed as many batteries still have caps that look like the unscrew but don't. Did you try?
     
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    They have a + type cut in them and yes I did loosen and remove one with the aid of a two pence piece!
    Does that mean that I do have to release them to allow gases to escape? Though I do take the point of the previous poster that the charger will adjust and not overcharge the battery.
     
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    As John said :thumb:
     
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    Cheers :Smile:
     
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