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 Post subject: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:47 pm 
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I'm currently looking for a battery for my new Garmin Fishfinder and while I noted a thread concerning Bass Pro Shop's $49.95 battery and charger, I found this on Buy.com;

http://www.buy.com/prod/ub1280-8ah-ups- ... 13954.html

Doesn't have a charger but I would think any radio shack or security device store would have a reasonably priced one.

Buy.com is a good source for all types of items, and has decent prices.


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 Post subject: Re: Buy.com
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:39 pm 
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those batteries are $25 local.
you can use a 12v car charger.

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 Post subject: Re: Buy.com
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:33 pm 
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Check hobbie world they use them to start model airplanes or battery
depot.Better price local


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 Post subject: Re: Buy.com
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:36 pm 
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I appreciate the feedback.


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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:42 pm 
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Got mine at Academy sports for $19.99

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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:14 pm 
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wmflyfisher wrote:
Got mine at Academy sports for $19.99


No such place in Jax............ :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:03 am 
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Just a little trick I learned but go to Radio Shack and buy a 8 pack AA battery holder. This is a little plastic battery pack that holds 8 AA batteries which if you already have rechargable AA batteries will also save you some money. Here is a link to one for $1.89... http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... Id=2062251

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 Post subject: Re: Buy.com
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:43 am 
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Dreads0518 wrote:
you can use a 12v car charger.


If we are talking about sealed lead acid (gel-cell) batteries like deer feeders and alarm backups (and that battery from buy.com), then they really don't like regular fast 12V chargers. Your supposed to buy some fancy schmancy howdy doody expensive charger that does not charge them too fast or too much. Well, Wali don't play that so I found this one:

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I have been happy as a clam at high tide with this one:

Its designed for:
* Use on 12 volt batteries while in storage or during cold weather
* Floating circuit maintains a full charge without overcharging
* Automatic safety shutoff

(If you didn't already know it, that's a copy and paste from their page)

Is it the "right" one? I dunno :dontknow: But I've been putting my 7 amp-hour gel cell alarm/ups/deer feeder/ FF/GPS battery on it for the last 5 years or so after fishing and its magically recharged a day or two later. The best part is its $8.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=42292

There is nothing wrong with the AA route, but most don't have the capacity (amount of usable charge) that the gel-cell does. You also have make sure they are waterproofed as any bit of salty water will make them one use only (ask me how I know) :roll:

In a pinch (read "damn I left my battery at home and walmart is open") I have used two 6v lantern batteries (the big rectangular ones with the springs on top). Just hang the Negative coil of one battery to the Positive coil of the second battery and connect the ff to the left over terminals, drop it in a plastic (tupperware!) box, and that will last 9 or 10 trips even with the cheapest batteries.

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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:48 pm 
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Wal-Mart sells a lawnmower battery for $20. They run a fish finder for a week without recharging. Should last a couple of years, recharge with any 12 charger.

I tried the alarm batteries and their terminals don't last in salt water. Lantern batteries get expensive after a few sets, the deep cycle gel batteries are expensive.

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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:31 pm 
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On the water exposure, you are bang on. I forgot to add that a watertight container from wall mart or one of the plano snap tight boxes to keep the battery pack dry. Drill a small hole in the side to slip the wire through and then fill the hole with some silicone around the wire and in the hole. Very light, very cheap and very simple.

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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:54 pm 
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stevefishes wrote:
Wal-Mart sells a lawnmower battery for $20. They run a fish finder for a week without recharging. Should last a couple of years, recharge with any 12 charger.

I tried the alarm batteries and their terminals don't last in salt water. Lantern batteries get expensive after a few sets, the deep cycle gel batteries are expensive.

Lawn mower batteries are great on both accounts. Much greater capacity and the terminals are much better than the little spade terminals on the gel-cell, BUT upside down happens and although the inside of your boat really does not care, everything else does not do so well with a battery acid bath (kinda hard on skin too).

A battery box is a must if you go with the gel-cell. Again, I found another $8 HF buy:

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I lead a two terminal trailer connector through that vent hole in the top and sealed it with a foam tile gasket. Nice box for your wallet, cell phone, ipod, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:14 pm 
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I just hook mine to my cell phone battery.......... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Fishfinder Battery
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:22 pm 
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Here's where I got mine. I also use them for the UPS batteries on my computers.

http://www.batterywholesale.com/battery-store/proddetail.html?prodID=2818

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