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Battery and Charging System

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The battery in my vehicle let me down when the temp dropped this week. The vehicle sits a lot and, when driven, is limited to short trips (15 to 20 minutes in stop and go traffic). Another important factor is that there is a lift on the vehcle that is used to load/unload an elderly handicapped relative.

I know that this combination is hell on the battery and I am looking for the best way to deal with it. Options include:

1. Trickle charge the battery when not in use

2. Install a dual purpose battery (i.e. Optima yellow top)

3. Add a battery (least preferred option)

4. Replace the alternator with a higher output unit that also works at lower RPMs.

What say ye experts?
 
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Thanks for your input. I'm afraid that those battery protectors wouldn't help much on a vehicle that sits unused as much as mine. I have purchased a dual purpose battery and will use a float charger to keep it topped off.
 

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Get something like this and check the battery fluid levels at least once a year. Top up with distilled water.

Battery Tender Junior, 0.75A Maintainer | Canadian Tire
I agree with slicerwizard. I used to have to buy a new battery for my Cub Cadet every year because it would either sulfate and short out or freeze every winter. I bought the Battery Tender Junior five years ago for winter use and have never bought a battery for the Cadet since ... I pull the battery out in late fall, top off the water level, and leave it on the tender all winter. Works fantastic.
 
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