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Old 10-03-2014, 06:34 AM   #15
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Ok mxgeezer in Arlington use the battery center they have been there over 30 years
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:25 PM   #16
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Intestate supplies batteries for a lot of different places, auto stores, Sears. Had a friend that worked at Interstate in San Jose, they would get batteries in with no label on them. When they got an order they would place whatever label the customer needed and ship them to them. It's the same for water heaters, there are only a few places that actually manufacture them.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:53 PM   #17
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I have found technicians who do not know ___A___ from ___B____ (fill in your own terms) in many places, Battery stores, not so often but then I do not shop battery stores all that often but in many other stores.. Catch is I am a certified electronics tech so it is fun in electronics stores, I DO know what they are supposed to know.. I also have experience with mechanics doing both small engine repair and a couple of supervised larger engine repairs. And grew up on a farm (many jobs).

Now: the "it takes two weeks"

GC-2 size batteries are typically 220-230 amp horus, So if you are charging with a slow charger, Well at one amp, that is 2 weeks.

NOt all stores have a fast charger.

I can pump over 100 amps here, (Though into a GC-2 no more than 70) and in fact I have hit 101 on the prosine plus whatever the PDI was contributing (normally I do not use the prosine)

But it is all in what you have for a charger.... The store simply may not had had a big charger.

(I should mention I have additional chargers hanging about and that includes one I built myself,, from the design board up, but it's not for Lead Acid, it's for aa-Ni-Cads.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:06 PM   #18
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No matter the business you will find people employed that do not know up from down.
Ain't that the truth. When I was a kid, my Dad always said "a clerk is a jerk".

Gotta do your own research, especially now-a-days. Thank goodness for internet research and sites like irv2.com.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:44 PM   #19
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Two days ago I took my car to interstate as I thought the battery was bad. They removed it and installed a loaner as they wanted to fully charge it and give it enough time for the surface charge to dissipate. Today they called with a report that the battery was good, they reinstalled it. There was no charge for the service.

I like the fact that they want to do it right instead of just selling batteries. This is not the first time they have thoroughly checked a battery for me without selling me a new one.

My Mom always said "haste makes waste"
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My coach doesn't care one bit who's name is on it's batteries.

Sam's club or Walmart has a 2 year, free, full replacement, policy- no questions asked-

I've had mine for seven years now. And yes, I put one to two ounces of pure mineral oil in each cell when they are new. Top them off about every 3-4 months with distilled water. Almost no gassing or corrosion.
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