Bad Battery?

  • AK Guy
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    #2077042

    Late last winter I bought a lithium battery for my Vexilar FL18. I only used it a couple of times for a short period.

    On Friday, I charged the battery and ran up to Red Lake. After an hour of run time it died on me. I came back home and have charged it three different times with the same results. The very last time I watched the battery indicator start at 100%, and when it hit 62%, it shut off.

    I didn’t have this problem with my old, non lithium battery.

    What do you think, defective battery?

    Brian Rose
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    #2077043

    Are you using a lithium ion charger to charge it?

    Summerontheriver
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    Minnesota & Alaska
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    #2077044

    AK Guy did this battery happen to fall, drop or jarred? Lithium batteries have a circuit board, that is delicate.

    Cheers from Alaska.

    AK Guy
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    #2077052

    Are you using a lithium ion charger to charge it?

    I’m using the charger that came with the battery.

    AK Guy
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    #2077053

    AK Guy did this battery happen to fall, drop or jarred? Lithium batteries have a circuit board, that is delicate.

    Not that I can think of. But it’s good to know about the circuit board.

    Biggill
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    East Bethel, MN
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    #2077065

    Check the voltage before and after charging. The Vexilar batteries are designed to be charged to 13.7V I believe. If it’s less than that after a full charge something is wrong. I was under the impression when these batteries fail they won’t work at all.

    AK Guy
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    #2077140

    Update: Bought a new battery and my Vexilar works great. Clearly a bad lithium battery. $100 for about 4 hours of use stings a bit. Oh well, fish on!

    Biggill
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    East Bethel, MN
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    #2077143

    Was it a Vexilar battery? If so, did you call them? They are really good at standing behind their products. It’s rare they ever have problems but when there’s something you are totally happy with they seem to want to make you happy. Being a new product they may even want it back to see what went wrong.

    Cameron white
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    #2077175

    The battery may not be bad. It could be the bms on the battery. Hook it in parallel to another 12 volt battery resets the bms. And try a different charger. They go bad before batteries do.

    AK Guy
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    #2077216

    Was it a Vexilar battery? If so, did you call them? They are really good at standing behind their products. It’s rare they ever have problems but when there’s something you are totally happy with they seem to want to make you happy. Being a new product they may even want it back to see what went wrong.

    It was a Marcum lithium LifePO4.

    bigcrappie
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    Blaine
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    #2077356

    I had the same problem with my Marcum LifePO4, dead as a door nail and will not charge. I am calling them. Thought I was getting a good deal last Black Friday for $49 LOL junk.

    UPDATE: I registered the battery online when I bought it and they are sending me a new battery, all I need to do is send a pic of the date stamped on the bottom. Was not expecting that but a WIN for Marcum…….

    drewbop
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    Duluth
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    #2077446

    Thanks for the heads up with Marcum. I had a hole develop in one of my lithium batteries and will reach out to their customer service to see if there’s anything they’ll do. It was being used in a power wheel when it melted the hole, all my lead acid batteries have never had a problem-

    AK Guy
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    #2077930

    Update: I got a hold of Marcum’s customer service, and after a few email exchanges, they are replacing my battery. Thank you, Marcum, for taking care of this. You’ve made a customer of me for life.

    Andrew Gulden
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    #2239727

    Has anyone had a problem using a Marcum battery with a Vexilar Flasher. I have an FLX 28 and am trying 2 different lithium marcum batteries. Both batteries are fully charged based on volt meter but won’t power up the flashe. Flasher works fine with both the original lead acid vexilar battery and an amped outdoors lithium, just won’t work with the Marcus’s. Any ideas?

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