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my next door neighbour gave me a brand new battery,still wrapped with plastic, today. it will come in handy but the question i wanted to ask is,if i put in my hot press on the wooden boards,it will be ok kept there?.it will not go dead will it.....should i take my old car battery outta my car an put that new one in?. by the way my battery in my car is fine ive had it nearly 3 years an no problems,battery that is. c ya,
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Car batteries do not like to be left stored "uncharged" - ideally they should be fully charged, and possibly even discharged evry few months and re-charged just to cycle them. Another alternative would be to leave it on trickle charge.
If your battery is 3 yrs old it is still probably pretty good, not as good as a new one but probably ok.

If I were you I would probably use the new battery and store the "old" one for emergency use. That way if in 2 yrs time you come to use it and its knackered at least you will have had 3yrs use out of it. Whereas the new one will have been unused and may be useless if not stored correctly.

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I agree,if the new battery is of the same size and power as your old one then I'd fit it now rather than wait for your old one to give you problems.
Make sure you have the code for your radio before you swap them though!!

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thanks alot folks..this new battery is a heavy duty one,the guy who gave me it says the battery is the same as the one's they use for their fork lift trunks,well they have loads of batteries, "thats y he gave me this one"and as my is a heavy duty one,it should be alright to use in my laguna diesel?.bye
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