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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] RE: Decathlon battery/starter


Thread: [Acro] RE: Decathlon battery/starter

Message: [Acro] RE: Decathlon battery/starter

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From: "Peter Ashwood-Smith"<petera at>

Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 17:57:59 UTC


Funny, I have had one now for 2.5 years and its working like a charm. The
thing is I don't have an alternator. It gets topped up after every 2nd
flight or so.

I suspect that the people that are having problems with battery life may
actually have an alternator/regulator that is somehow overcharging the

I've had two Prestolites and one B&C. With the B&C starter you can
practically taxi the plane by just spinning the starter ;)


	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Kathy Lankford [SMTP:larkbunting at]
	Sent:	Friday, April 26, 2002 12:00 PM
	To:	acro at
	Subject:	[Acro] Decathlon battery/starter

	Seems like I just bought that new Concord gel cell and it's already
	pretty dead.  The last one didn't last long either - maybe two years
if I
	eke the very last out of it.   For the last six months, even with a
	charge, I have to bump the prop against the compression stroke three
	four times before it finally goes all the way over.  I can get it
	compression twice, and if the engine hasn't caught by then, it has
to be
	pushed back to the hangar for charging.

	I've seen a battery that's older than dirt starting a Piper Archer.
	there some reason to expect such a short life on a Decathlon
	Has anyone tried switching to a light weight starter, and does it


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