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Old 10-11-2005, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

I need to charge the Delco battery that's in my Saturn - but not while it's in the car. (Can't have extension cords running all over the apartment complex, ect). Does anyone know what the thread size, ect, is for the flat posts our cars use? I need a way to keep the battery chargers "prongs" on it..

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Old 10-11-2005, 12:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

5/16 is the size of the bolt that goes in the side post.

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Old 10-11-2005, 12:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

Coarse thread. I think.

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Old 10-11-2005, 01:04 PM   #4
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

Auto parts stores sell adapters that screw right into the terminals on side post batteries for out of car charging as well as using a side post battery in a top post application. Shouldn't cost more than a couple bucks.

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Old 10-11-2005, 06:37 PM   #5
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

Right. They are called, "charging posts," on the package. I have a pair. I think that they are made of lead.

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Old 05-25-2006, 06:43 PM   #6
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

You can use any 3/8 standard thread bolt for charging post

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Old 05-26-2006, 02:51 AM   #7
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

Heck, if you are really broke, you can just take the terminals out of the cable by "unscrewing it" out of the terminal holder. Just act like you are taking it off of the battery, even when it is off the battery.... you will see what I mean. Installation is reverse of removal. Just use some elbow grease to manuever them back in.

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Old 05-26-2006, 08:32 AM   #8
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

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You can use any 3/8 standard thread bolt for charging post
Do you honestly think the OP has been waiting for 8 months now to charge his battery? I'm pretty sure he's figured it out by now.

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Old 05-26-2006, 08:34 AM   #9
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

lol.... some stuff makes me laugh.

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Old 05-26-2006, 05:06 PM   #10
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

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Do you honestly think the OP has been waiting for 8 months now to charge his battery? I'm pretty sure he's figured it out by now.
Yikes, I shoulda looked at the date.... darn noobs! At least I wasnt the first one to revive it....

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Old 05-27-2006, 10:35 AM   #11
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

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Do you honestly think the OP has been waiting for 8 months now to charge his battery? I'm pretty sure he's figured it out by now.

Some people are really slow... You never know .

I converted my car to side post and replaced the terminals. I got tired of having endless electrical problems because of those darn screws. After the side post conversion, no more problems.

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Old 05-27-2006, 11:23 AM   #12
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

You just never know when reviving an old thread will help somebody today with the same set of circimstances.

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Old 06-04-2006, 12:28 AM   #13
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

good information is never out of date !
why didn't this guy tell us the bolt size earlier ?
mad cause you know the answer now ?
bought the charging (special posts ) didn't ya
blah & A big shadetree poot to ya guy
CAN'T GET the V W bus going , WHAT ? is your problem ?

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Old 06-04-2006, 01:31 AM   #14
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

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good information is never out of date !
why didn't this guy tell us the bolt size earlier ?
mad cause you know the answer now ?
bought the charging (special posts ) didn't ya
blah & A big shadetree poot to ya guy
CAN'T GET the V W bus going , WHAT ? is your problem ?
What?!?! Shadetree poot, VW bus..I'm lost, goodnight.

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Old 06-04-2006, 05:24 PM   #15
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

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Originally Posted by dbottomlee
good information is never out of date !
why didn't this guy tell us the bolt size earlier ?
mad cause you know the answer now ?
bought the charging (special posts ) didn't ya
blah & A big shadetree poot to ya guy
CAN'T GET the V W bus going , WHAT ? is your problem ?
Put down the crackpipe and step out of your trailer into some nice fresh air. Answering a fairly simple question 8 months after it was asked is just assenine. If you honestly think some poor guy sat by his keyboard for 8 months waiting for someone to chime in with an answer you're dumber than you makde yourself look already. I do have a set of charging posts in my toolbox yes. They're nice to have around. No I'm not mad "cause I know the answer now," I wasn't the one who asked the question, I knew the answer when it was asked. I Too did not sit by the keyboard and wait for you to bestow your brilliance on us all. My VW Bus runs just fine thanks, it's daily driven all summer long. Not that that has anything to do with this post or the question asked, but if you want to sit back in your tenement and dream about my Bus being broken down, have at it. I don't know what a shadetree poot is, must be a Southern thing.

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Old 06-04-2006, 05:28 PM   #16
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You just never know when reviving an old thread will help somebody today with the same set of circimstances.
That's what the SEARCH function is for. There is a wealth of good information on this site that could be helpful to someone, that doesn't mean we need to revive months old threads on battery terminals just in case some poor dimwit can't quite figure out how to search the site.

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Old 06-07-2006, 01:42 PM   #17
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Default Re: Charging a car battery, out of the car; Need thread size

I'm still here on this old post !
But look at what A croud is following me !
Yes i'll admit it was poor judgement on my part ,
and i'll admit it is a silly thing to need answered
however the question was asked , then answered effectively entirely
no one actually answered the original question !
however ,in my bolt box inventory (junk ) there are many SOLUTIONS

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