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i plan on getting a D3100 to put in my trunk right next to my amps. i plan on running 3500 rms total with 0 gauge, d3100, stock battery under hood, big 3 in 0, and a 240 amp alt. will i need a battery charger? if i do i dont want to buy a $300 XS power one for just one battery. can i use any battery charger?
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also when will i know its time to charge it?
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i plan on getting a D3100 to put in my trunk right next to my amps. i plan on running 3500 rms total with 0 gauge, d3100, stock battery under hood, big 3 in 0, and a 240 amp alt. will i need a battery charger? if i do i dont want to buy a $300 XS power one for just one battery. can i use any battery charger?
from what i read and personal experience you do not have to charge it but its recommend for longer battery life I usually throw mine on the charger once a week just to top them off

any agm battery charger will work they have some at walmart i use this charger for my agm battery (kinetik hc2000) Schumacher XCS15 if you chose a different one you have to make sure it has an agm mode because a regular charger will over charge your agm battery and lead to swelling and a messed up battery which is no good
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that looks good i was hoping for something inexpensive
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i am sure you read this but i will post it. this is per the directions
•It is very important that proper charging techniques be used when charging XS Power batteries. XS Power batteries are designed for use with the XS Power battery chargers with a MAXIMUM output voltage of 2.4 volts per cell (14.4v for 12v batteries and 19.2v for 16v batteries). AT NO TIME during charging should the battery be subjected to more than 2.4 volts per cell. Voltages above this will cause the battery to “gas” and once the oxygen is vented it cannot be restored.

•Under-charging XS Power batteries is equally damaging to the life of the battery. Take special care to ensure
that the battery is properly charged before the initial use by verifying the open circuit voltage is above 2.1
volts per cell (12.6 for 12v batteries and 16.8 for 16v batteries). Improper charging can cause damage that
is permanent and will VOID THE WARRANTY. If you are unsure if your charger is AGM compatible, please
contact the XS Power Batteries Tech Support Department at 888-497-7693, or email us at [email protected] for more details.

SOOOOO, make sure the chargeryou want is AGM compaitable and will not charge more than 2.4 vols per cell (14.4) and you should be good.

Now you can get the $200. HF1215(i think) it charges all thier 12 volt batteries. I bought one. I like it. Nice and compact. Yes, it is a little pricey but in case you would ever have to warrany the batteries you don't have to worry about saying that you don't get warranty coverage due to a "non compatible charger". Not say XS would do that, but if you have their charger you won't have to worry about it. just my opinion.
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that looks good i was hoping for something inexpensive
yeah thats what ive been using i set it to the lowest amp setting and just leave it hooked up till it says 100% they also have cheaper ones that have the agm setting that im sure would work the same but its a must to be Microprocessor controlled so it doesnt over charge and charge with to many amps during charging what a standard charger would do
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yeah thats what ive been using i set it to the lowest amp setting and just leave it hooked up till it says 100% they also have cheaper ones that have the agm setting that im sure would work the same but its a must to be Microprocessor controlled so it doesnt over charge and charge with to many amps during charging what a standard charger would do
so that one wont charge more that 2.4 volts per cell?
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so that one wont charge more that 2.4 volts per cell?
i can pull my battery out tomorrow and monitor the voltage while it charges if you like ?
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i can pull my battery out tomorrow and monitor the voltage while it charges if you like ?
its up to you
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You don't have to spend $300 but don't be too cheap. Get a good 15-20a microprocessor controlled charger. Particularly one that uses a transformer (will be heavier). It will last longer.
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