ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Decathlon battery/starter
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Thread: [Acro] Re: Decathlon battery/starter
Message: [Acro] Re: Decathlon battery/starter
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From: Gil & Phyl Tellier <giltel at earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 06:37:12 UTC
Kathy, I get 3 years on a B&C 17 AH sealed lead acid battery, alternator and starter in a Pitts S-1S with 180 hp engine. On third battery I just recently changed to their new 16 AH battery that has improved cranking current and because the prop turnover was slowing slightly on current battery that was approaching 4 years old. Voltage during cranking reads ~10 vdc. I use dedicated #4 ground and positive lines to the starter and insure that all connections are clean and bright copper color. A gel cell battery must be charged at the correct voltage and discharge to low voltage should be avoided. I use an electronically controlled battery charger that shuts down at the correct charging voltage and can be left attached indefinitely. If cranking voltage to the starter is low but remains high at the battery your starting relay may need replacing. Gil Tellier, IAC Ch. 49 Kathy Lankford wrote: > 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 full > charge, I have to bump the prop against the compression stroke three or > four times before it finally goes all the way over. I can get it over > 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. Is > there some reason to expect such a short life on a Decathlon battery? > Has anyone tried switching to a light weight starter, and does it help? > > Kathy > > ________________________________________________________________ > GET INTERNET ACCESS FROM JUNO! > Juno offers FREE or PREMIUM Internet access for less! > Join Juno today! For your FREE software, visit: > http://dl.www.juno.com/get/web/.