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By Canon373
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I purchased 2 - 6v 12ah batteries to use with the Spartan GoCam I just purchased. I also bought a charger that was suggested on another post, Sealed Lead Acid Battery Charger, from Amazon. The charger does not have a light to indicate when full or still charging, so i'm wondering how I find out when the battery is done charging. Is there some sort of meter I should purchase?

Would appreciate any advice.
Kyle
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By bowhtr1
#349078
The money to buy a good meter for this would cost more than it would to buy a charger with a light. I bought a primos 6 volt charger that has a red orange and green light on the plugin part. Works fine. It does take about two days to charge my 6 Volt batteries when they are low. Something like this will work.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-12VOLT-5A-BAT ... SwxH1UCJ0V
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I usually just put them on the charger at night and take them off in the morning but I think I'm going to get one like Tim posted. Thanks for the link.
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By Anthony
#349084
I do the same thing with a trickle charger I got with my BuckeyeCams. For a fully dead 42AH 6V SLA it takes abour 2.5 days to charge. I can then run that Spartan GoCam with real time control ON for 6 months straight on the other hand.

A meter can tell you voltage but if you can test amps, it can be an indicator. Let the battery get fully charged then test its voltage which should be higher than 6. Someone else can chime in as I never actually test mine.
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By Roscoe
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I usually just put them on the charger at night and take them off in the morning but I think I'm going to get one like Tim posted. Thanks for the link.

For really small batteries that charger is ok, but .5ah charger will take a long time on even a 12ah battery.
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By Gforce
#349090
The voltage on a fully charged 6v 12 amp battery will run about 6.50 volts ( some times a little more) after the battery sits for about 24 hours after charging. When they are new you may see 6.8 volts or a little more but only for a few charge cycles, and checking voltage right after the charge cycle.
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The money to buy a good meter for this would cost more than it would to buy a charger with a light. I bought a primos 6 volt charger that has a red orange and green light on the plugin part. Works fine. It does take about two days to charge my 6 Volt batteries when they are low. Something like this will work.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-12VOLT-5A-BAT ... SwxH1UCJ0V" target="_blank


Just an update, I bought this charger and couldn't be happier. I'm getting almost 50% more use out of my batteries after a charge. It does take much longer than the chargers that I was using but with the results I'm seeing it's worth the wait.
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By LibbyLA
#350148
If you want a faster charger with lights, this is a great one for 12 Ah batteries:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1

If you have 42 Ah, this one is the one to get:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1

(Roscoe recommended these and I got them for my fiancé for Christmas. He loves them because they have the lights and charge pretty quickly, which is important for us.)

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