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  1. #21
    Member Beernuts's Avatar
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    Feb 2008
    Tonsberg, Norway
    I run AGM battery in my '92 Audi, (LOVE the crank amps!!) the voltage is about 14.4 when running in cold weather. (115A charger) I have never had any issues, but I also run charging almost the whole winter season/Oct-April when I plug in the block heater. It is timer controlled through the DEFA system, the charger is always on.
    AGM is supposed to be charged at low amps, so as long as you use a designated AGM charger, you should be ok.
    I have a silver-calcium battery in the Supra which works out ok, even if they're supposed to be more prone to failing under low charge voltage.. I disconnect it an recharge when I do not use the car for some time.
    '83 Celica Supra 2.8i Euro spec
    '67 Toyota Crown 2000 Special
    A lot of Audis..

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  3. #22
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    Dec 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    27 mA is pretty low, kinda what I would expect. How old is your battery ? 8-10 years is usually when they fail.

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    Oct 2003
    Montréal, QC

    new AGM Costco battery from July.
    P85-6MGE SDR(HKS kit c/w IC and F-Con in a box) 225KKm, NAL seats, 2.5 Brullen, ACT clutch, LJM, SS lines, Trip Computer. EuroH4
    P85-5MGE SDR had 439KKm (for 17 years my daily driver, RIP...), 2002 E39 ///M5 LMB Hidden Content
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    Jan 2011
    Cape Cod

    Battery life

    I just buy a high quality battery withe the Power frame grid technology , It is forged stamped lead and not cast.

    I then disconnect the battery if I will not use the car for a few weeks and during long periods during winter, I keep the battery disconnected and use a conventional 6 amp charger to charge it for several hours once a month or so until the charger reads 1-2 amp charge rate. I get approx 10 years from all my batteries that way. Of course my alternator and cables are in good shape.

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