Originally Posted by bluejeep
Yup. That's a common problem...people buy gel thinking it'll rock (and it does), and then it gets constantly overcharged and ends up with a short life...and they have the impression that gel is no good, or else the brand is no good.
Adjustable voltage regulator. Not a big deal to swap if your rig has an external voltage regulator. Not easy if the alternator has an internal voltage regulator.
What's the fix to get it down to 14.1 max?
You can probably find an adjustable external regulator for pretty cheap.
You can get something like this - a proper multi-stage charger with dip switch settings for battery type (voltage set points):
This one for older non-ecu vehicles:
This one (EXPENSIVE!) for newer ecu vehicles:
Or, dump the gel and go with AGM...
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