Re: Polarizing Generator

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on January 11, 2021 at 18:25:03 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Re: Polarizing Generator posted by Gary on January 11, 2021 at 13:57:04:

No. Polarity is how the generator functions, not anything to do with the battery. You can take measures to preserve your battery when not in use though. A battery can drain and it has no effect on the generator polarity. The battery is the 'heart' of the electrical system. A weak or dead battery is often the culprit in non-starting tractors/vehicles. The constant discharging and recharging of a battery will deplete its life span quickly. Bargain house units have a reputation of only giving 2 years or less of life so invest in a good brand (INTERSTATE, DEKA, DURACELL/East Penn) GP1 6V AG or GP25 or GP 35 12V battery. The best investment you can make to ensure a long battery lifespan is to buy and use a float charger. NOTE: A basic battery charger is not a 'float charger' it is a trickle charger and most have no automatic shut of which will overcharge the battery and kill it if left on unattended. Simply charging a battery does NOT mean it is good. It must maintain a full charge under load, meet the specific gravity specs by testing with an hydrometer or bench tester at a shop. When the vehicle is idle, i.e not running, you keep the float charger connected so it will maintain a full charge so it is 100% ready to go when you need it. Keep it connected if tractor is idle for 10 days or more. I just keep mine on every time when idle and use the DELATRN BATTERY TENDER units –reliable and guaranteed. Your local trusty starter/alternator/generator shop guy can bench test the battery, generator or alternator, ammeter, voltage regulator or cutout, ignition switch, Period preventative maintenance is the key. Check wiring and fan belt tension often. If your generator does not have a belt tensioning bracket, it will not keep the belt tight and thus will not keep the battery charged.



Tim Daley(MI)

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