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Title: LX-7 battery life
Post by: buz23 on Mar 14, 2019, 06:39 PM
I was fishing today and my unit quit because of low voltage.  Only about 6 hours.  I seldom fish that long, and have never had it completely drain the battery before (except when the original battery failed).  It seems to charge OK, the light turns from red to green overnight, and the battery is on its 2nd full season.

What's  your experience?  I know guys say they are supposed to go 12 hours or so on a charge.  I don't use backlight, and not sure what I could be doing to be drawing the battery down so fast, unless this battery is starting to fail too.
Title: Re: LX-7 battery life
Post by: ripnflutter on Mar 15, 2019, 08:18 AM
put a meter on your battery after about an hour or so after charging. should tell you the condition of your battery. at fully charged RESTED should read 12.8 or higher. if its a 7 or 9 amp you should get more than 6 hrs if your only running the unit and nothing else. don't trust the cheap chargers they come with. plenty of info if you scroll through the pages of electronics.
Title: Re: LX-7 battery life
Post by: 3300 on Mar 15, 2019, 11:35 AM
sounds like a weak connection or charger or battery, but not sonar related issues.
a lot of us switched from stock chargers to a better one like a battery tender jr.
Title: Re: LX-7 battery life
Post by: buz23 on Mar 15, 2019, 09:35 PM
Yeah, I've got a battery tender junior but haven't changed the polarity of the plug.  I tried plugging it in when I first got it without knowing the polarity was wrong and think I fried the charger but they replaced it for free.  It is supposed to survive this kind of stupidity.
Title: Re: LX-7 battery life
Post by: 3300 on Mar 16, 2019, 09:42 AM
worth using it and then you'll know more about whats going on. could just use the clips to charge it.
make sure your connectors fit snug on the battery also. if loose you can pinch them with pliers a little at a time.

try to top charge the sla battery off season a few times a year.
it sounds like a weak battery tho.