charging battery

Kent McLean kentmclean at
Mon Jun 29 10:02:49 PDT 2009

(top posting...)

If the battery isn't sealed (i.e., it has cell caps, and some sealed
batteries still have them), you might also want to test the specific
gravity. The tool is relatively cheap, about $5 at your FLAPS.  It
can show if a single cell is dead. DAMHIK.

Kent McLean
1999 A4 Avant, V6 Tiptronic
1991 200 TQA #3, with mods
1990 V8 w/5-speed and other mods
gone: '91 200 TQA x2, '94 100 S Avant, '89 200 TQ "Bad Puppy"

Ed Kellock wrote:
> You could try disconnecting the battery altogether and trying the 10 amps
> with both clamps on the battery.  I think Audis recommendations are
> primarily concerned with the car's systems.  With the battery disconnected
> you should be free to use the charger's capabilities.  
> Ed
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 200q20v-bounces at [mailto:200q20v-bounces at] On
> Behalf Of robert weinberg
> Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 10:25 AM
> To: 200q20V mailing list
> Subject: charging battery
> hi all,
> quick question. my battery is dead because i haven't driven the 200 fpr 3
> weeks. once before, i set the charger to 2 amp trickle for 10 hours and it
> worked. this time, the battery is still dead. this is with the positive
> clamp on the positive terminal and the negative on the chassis as dictated
> by the battery charger instructions.
> i can up the ante to 10 amp, but the audi manual says to not exceed 6 amps.
> being i'd rather not fry my electrical system, is this salient advice or is
> audi being overly cautious?
> i assume that means the 30 amp quick charge is out of the question, eh?

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