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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Battery issues!!!!!!!!1

I have 2 redtop optima batteries (34/78) relocated to the tool box in the bed and this is the second pair that will never hold a charge. If the truck sits for more than 2-3 days then I have to put the charger on it to start the truck. I have installed a 200amp alt to help with the load, and it still doesn't help.

I am just wondering if I have the right size wires running from the starter/starter relay to the batteries? I have two 1gauge wires that run all the way to the starter/starter relay and then one 1gauge that goes to the frame and then from the frame to the block. Charging system says that it is charging.

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I thought you needed 00 wire for battery connections?


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I have 2 redtop optima batteries (34/78) relocated to the tool box in the bed and this is the second pair that will never hold a charge. If the truck sits for more than 2-3 days then I have to put the charger on it to start the truck. I have installed a 200amp alt to help with the load, and it still doesn't help.

I am just wondering if I have the right size wires running from the starter/starter relay to the batteries? I have two 1gauge wires that run all the way to the starter/starter relay and then one 1gauge that goes to the frame and then from the frame to the block. Charging system says that it is charging.

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Re: Battery issues!!!!!!!!1

have you checked for a slow draw on the batteries? When you say 1 gauge, do you mean 1/0? either way that should be more than enough

If it doesnt have a draw I would probably say that you have a problem with the batteries
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you can always get them charged up and load test them one by one

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^^^^^ +1. Disconnect both negatives after running it next time; see if they discharge over time.
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Re: Battery issues!!!!!!!!1

I have charged them this afternoon. I am going to see what happens. I found a few gauges that I installed that I put on a constant power instead of key on. So who knows. I am not liking the Optima's!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Battery issues!!!!!!!!1

#1 is on the small side. I use 2/0 on all battery relocates. Voltage drop plays a huge roll.

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Re: Battery issues!!!!!!!!1

What batteries are you guys running?

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Every optima i have used has more than payed for itself many times over, so i dont know where you guys are getting off talking about the quality of optimas going down. You have to have the correct size battery matched to your application of course, which i hope you have. Any constant drain on your battery will cause it to go dead. Plain. Simple. And you should be happy you have bought optimas because they ARE DESIGNED to go from fully charged to depleted over and over again. A regular battery would of gone belly up by now in your application.

So i would advise you make double sure, everything in your charging system is hooked up correctly, including your isolators for the dual battery setup, correct wire gauge, connections, whatever accessories you have on your rig...etc.

And if you have a question about what could be possibly draining the batteries you should fill us in on what extra equipment you have on your electrical system; extra accessories.

Optimas or Odessy's are what i use.

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