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Old 12-15-2008, 09:07 AM
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Bad Batteries, weird problem

I have a 2001 powerstroke with bad batteries. This morning is was about 30F and I forgot to plug in the block heater. So first attempt was a no start. Got out my 6amp battery charger and hooked it up. While I waiting for this slow charger, I thought I would plug in the block heater to warm up the engine a little. Something odd to me happened. When I plugged the heater in, the battery charger amp guage dropped a little. Thought I was seeing things, I unplugged the heater and the needle went back up. I thought the heater was not tied to anything electrical on the truck. So how does it effect the charging of the batteries? Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:11 AM
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It effects the charger, because your drawing a lot of current from the house. I would not plug them both in the same plug. That is why your charger needle went down.

The block heater is all on its own.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:13 AM
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I did not think of that. They were both plugged into the sam outlet.

Thank you
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SCOTT IS RIGHT , ill agree
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:34 AM
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SCOTT IS RIGHT , ill agree
Thanks Scott and to think that was an experinced reply.

If you have to plug your heater in and a battery charger I strongly suggest to use two different plugs if possible.
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, hey if your right your right , been alot of not right answers on here lately
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, hey if your right your right , been alot of not right answers on here lately
All I am going to say is thank god for Circuit breakers in the electrical box at the house.

I guess the smoke coming off the outlet was a good sign too. Can we say plug over load. But I was using a 125amp 12volt charger with start option.
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