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I have a Minn Kota battery charger and I'm always a little worried about leaving it plugged in all the time. Do you guys leave yours plugged in or unplug after batteries are charged? I always have the thought of Chris Lane's boat catching fire in the back of my mind. I have my boat in a garage that is connected to my house and always worry about burning the house down. Thoughts? Thanks for your answers .

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I charge my batteries immediately upon returning. I have a master switch that disconnects the batteries from everything except the battery charger to prevent battery drain. I plug the charger back in the night before a trip just to make sure.

I do not and will not leave my batteries on charge all the time.

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I also charge as soon as we get back from the lake. If its been more than a week since we last went out, i will put charger back on before we go out to top it off. I have left it on overnight when i fell asleep on the couch on several occasions, but i try not to make it a habit.

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I charge my batteries immediately upon returning. I have a master switch that disconnects the batteries from everything except the battery charger to prevent battery drain. I plug the charger back in the night before a trip just to make sure.

I do not and will not leave my batteries on charge all the time.

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I actually only leave it plugged in to charge while I'm home and awake.

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So usually on the weekends if I'm home, I'll plug the charger in and make sure they're topped off. If I leave or am going to bed, I unplug it.

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My boats in our garage attached to the house.

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Im with Ham, Master Kill on my batteries and its off as soon as the boats off the water and on only at the ramp. Charger I have a nice one I bought that has an automatic off when charged. I trust it far more than my factory installed onboard 2 bank. I charge the Fishfinder battery first then the trolling motor battery.

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  1. i leave my 2 bank on board charger plugged in all the time although I check on it frequently. i use a regular charger on my starting battery just to top off but do not leave it plugged in after a full charge. im paranoid about getting to the ramp and having a dead starting battery.
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  1. I'm paranoid about getting to the ramp and having a dead starting battery.

You can use jumper cables in a boat and jump off of your trolling motor batteries in a pinch.

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