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Offline RuttNutt

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Symptoms of a bad battery?
« on: Feb 02, 2018, 07:48 AM »
Hey guys,

I bought a used Marcum Lx-5 several years ago. It came with 2 batteries. Been working great with no issues. Then the other night I took it out and after 45 min it started acting weird. It was working fine when I got there, but then I switched holes and all of a sudden there was a lot of interference and the screen looked like there were weeds. But no weeds. And there was no red showing the bottom. I knew how deep it was and it was showing no red there. It was hard to see my jig and over time it would seem to fade out with less and less color even if I turned the gain up. Eventually all color faded to just a small yellow line where my jig was. Then even that disappeared. I tried playing with the gain and moved it back to the hole it was working on when I first got there but that didn't help.

I know the battery was fully charged when I went out there. But when I got home I started thinking the last couple times I charged it, it took a LONG time to get it back to full charge. 

I always just assumed when the battery died, it would just shut off. But now I am thinking the battery issue might be causing what I was seeing the other night.

What do you guys think? Could this have been a battery issue causing the unit to act weird?
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Offline hardwater diehard

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Re: Symptoms of a bad battery?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 02, 2018, 07:53 AM »






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Offline RuttNutt

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Re: Symptoms of a bad battery?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 02, 2018, 06:43 PM »
Thanks diehard! Well, the spare battery is dead. So guess I will try to get a new one and see if that solves the problem.
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Offline GILL GETTER 357

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Re: Symptoms of a bad battery?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 02, 2018, 06:51 PM »
Time for a new battery,mine did the same thing.

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Re: Symptoms of a bad battery?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 03, 2018, 02:21 PM »
you should give them a hard charge at over 2amp every now and then especially after long run times - those 1 amp wall chargers aren't going to keep your battery in great shape if its all you use

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Offline Kevin23

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Re: Symptoms of a bad battery?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 03, 2018, 06:12 PM »
Q: How do I know if my battery is dead?
A: If it won't turn on, its dead.

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Offline RuttNutt

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Re: Symptoms of a bad battery?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 05, 2018, 07:22 AM »
Well, I picked up a new battery at Walmart. Could only find an 8 AH battery, but it seemed to fix the problem. I will get a 9 AH battery next year and keep this one as a backup.
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Offline hardwater diehard

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Re: Symptoms of a bad battery?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 05, 2018, 08:03 AM »
Well, I picked up a new battery at Walmart. Could only find an 8 AH battery, but it seemed to fix the problem. I will get a 9 AH battery next year and keep this one as a backup.

You'll be fine with the 8 ah battery ...just charge after each and every outing ...let the battery warm up to room temperature before charging ...I have ran 7 and 8 ah batteries in my electronics for a couple years as they seem easier to locate and can find a deal on them also.
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