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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:21PM

Bad batteries, bad day

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By Greg Bartz

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If you’re like most anglers that have multiple batteries in your bass boat, when one goes bad, you replace it. You don’t think to get rid of the other three or four that you have in there at the time. Is this the best way to go about changing out your batteries?

After having my boat in the shop for an engine tune up, I asked my friends at Hoppys’ Marine to check my batteries. I’d been out the last few trips, and it always seemed like the trolling motor was giving out just a little bit earlier than I would expect it to. It also didn’t have the same kick that it used to have when trucking through the vegetation. Sure enough, one battery was operating at about half its capacity. What I didn’t know was how much that can drain the other batteries.

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