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I recently bought an AGM trolling motor battery at Bass Pro. I have a Genius single bank on board charger which is supposed to be compatible with AGM, but the battery only lasts about half a trip before going dead. Could it be that the 6A charger isn't powerful enough to properly charge the battery?
 

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It's not. My starting battery is not connected to the charger - the etec keeps it charged. The only load on the charger is the AGM trolling motor battery.
 

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Have you tried to troubleshoot the charger?

Without seeing how the charger and batteries are wried, it's hard to say. Could be a parasitic loss. Could be a discharge issue.

Grab a regular 12v battery that you know is good and wire it in parallel with the AGM, regular jumper cables work fine. Then connect your trusty old bulk charger and let it charge for an hour. After an hour, check the voltage of the AGM. It should be 10.5v or better. If so, remove the jumper cables and charge away.
 

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It's a brand new charger - which I know could have issues but seems unlikely. Only things connected to AGM battery are the charger, the trolling motor receptacle, and the Garmin GPS. I don't have easy access to another 12V battery but if that's the way to check it I can pull out the starting battery and use that. Not clear on how to wire in parallel - series would be easy, but how do I split the output from my standard portable charger to have the charging cables go directly to 2 batteries?
 

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So it appears the issue is the AH rating of the trolling motor battery, which isn't necessarily directly related to the battery group rating. Bass Pro doesn't list the AH rating like all of the other AGM battery producers do, but a couple of site recommend a minimum of a 100 AH rating. If your maximum draw at top speed is 40A, then a 100AH battery would last 2.5 hours of total draw. A 40AH battery would only last 1 hour. I bought the smallest deep cycle AGM battery that Bass Pro had, which is quite likely the reason I only get about an hour of continuous use out of that battery.
 

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This is a quote from a AGM battery manufacture, A low amp charger (one to 12 amps) is generally the best choice for charging any lead-acid battery. My optima blue top agm in my boat has a 10 amp maximum charge rate.
I'm pretty sure my issue is that my AGM battery has too low of an amp hour rating, and not a problem with charging.
 

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From long term practical experience an AGM should be recharged with a 12-15A capable 3 stage charger. But if your battery is too small it doesn't matter. In truth the best capacity,size,weight, and cost ratio comes from traditional wet cells, not AGMs.
That's interesting. What batteries would you recommend for my Salt Marsh 1444? I'll need a starting battery and a trolling motor battery.
 

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I've been using Wal-Mart Batteries on all of my boats since the 1900's. Never had issues. The last set of 3 I used for my 36V trolling motor were dated 2012. I replaced them at the end of 2017. Don't let anyone tell you they're trash. I use a Wal-Mart starting battery for starting and for a few accessories and a Wal-Mart Deep Cycle for all other needs.
I've had a NOCO Genius 3 bank charger on my 19-6 Aquasport since 2010 and I recently bought another NOCO Genius 2 bank charger for my Carolina Skiff JV 17. I couldn't be happier with the NOCO charger. You can get them off of amazon pretty cheap: https://amzn.to/2Gm32fq. They are waterproof also.
 
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