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I use a small car battery for the trolling motor, 34 thrust.  Generally I don't drain it dead, it's usually on the lower end of the good area on my battery tester.  I always throw it on a trickle charger before taking it out the next time.  My buddy says I might be short cycling the battery and should run it dead every time.  Does this apply to cranking batteries or just marine batteries?  Thanks 

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You should charge it up when you get done.  Don’t let it set in a partially drained state.  You really ought to have something other than a trickle charger.

 

Your buddy is wrong.  Never completely drain it.  Memory is what you get with short uses of a nickel cadmium battery not a flooded cell battery.

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10 minutes ago, Jig Man said:

Memory is what you get with short uses of a nickel cadmium battery not a flooded cell battery.

Jig Man is correct. That's why Ni-Cad and Ni-MH batteries have fallen by the wayside as they both have charge memory. Flooded, Gel-Cell and Lithium batteries do not have charge memory. I charge mine every time the night before going out, no matter how 'down' it is.

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On 8/3/2019 at 10:09 AM, Jig Man said:

Your buddy is wrong.  Never completely drain it.

Just to reinforce this...

 

Your buddy is wrong.

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