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#1339544 Sun Dec 29 2019 01:23 PM
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J
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For purposes of setting the charger correctly, are they "AGL" or "GEL" ?


John

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There is a specific charging procedure for recharging/charging a fully discharged 6v red top Optima AGM Battery. It is described on their website.
Recovery Option #2, on the right.

What type/model Optima battery are you referring to?

Last edited by tclederman; Mon Dec 30 2019 12:02 AM. Reason: added link

Tim
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- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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John,


A gel battery design is typically a modification of the standard lead-acid automotive or marine battery. A gelling agent is added to the electrolyte to reduce movement inside the battery case. Many gel batteries also use one-way valves in place of open vents, which help the normal internal gasses to recombine back into water in the battery, reducing gassing. Generally, gel batteries are less tolerant of high heat and are charged at lower power than traditional or AGM batteries. An OPTIMA battery is neither a gel battery nor a regular flooded battery. OPTIMA is a SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY AGM battery.

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John, if you have a UPS on your computer stuff, they use gel batteries. But like posted above Optimas are not gel, but are AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat).
My charger has an AGM setting. I just use that for recharging my boat Optimas.


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6v Optima available from Advance Auto Parts, with a 20-25% off promotion (25% shows up on a pop-up menu).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Joined: Nov 1995
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J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Thanks for the input everyone -- I'll try Tim's Option No. 2 when I get a chance (which won't be any time soon).


John

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'73 IH 1310 Dump
'14 Ford E-350 4x4 (Quigley)




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Bubba - Curmudgeon
I had a dead 6v Optima that would not charge, using any type of charger (including a heavy-duty big-truck battery-charger at a friend's professional garage).

The technique on the Optima website (that I linked-to, above), got the battery working again.

That was at least 10 years ago.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,549
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Tim, Roger that. The hardest part about that trick is finding a second 6-volt battery ... that's charged ... and isn't on the other side of the county


John

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'73 IH 1310 Dump
'14 Ford E-350 4x4 (Quigley)




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