leave batteries charging on the ego 3000 power station

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I just got my ego power station and I thought I read this somewhere but I can't find it now can I just leave the batteries on the generator charging until I need them or should I disconnect the charger after it reaches full charged? Sorry about repeating I just couldn't find the answer again.
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I would not. Just wanted top off before starting job. Recharge when unit stops. Recharge when done.
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Kris, theoretically, it's fine to leave the batteries in, but out of habit, I removed them once charged. I have 5 batteries to rotate and use them year round, so they really don't stay idle very long. The recommendation is to partially charge a battery for long term storage at around 30%.
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And, you don't even have to partially charge them. If a battery has been in storage for 30 days or more, the batteries will automatically discharge to 30%. 
So, even if they are fully charged they will perform the self maintenance function to drop the charge level to 30%. 
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Kris, you would want to unplug the power station because you can't use it as an inverter when it's plugged in for charging.
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Thanks all great input!
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I would be a little concerned if I purchased the Power Station for, say, winter storm battery back-up (e.g. to run my oil-fired boiler, some lights, etc.) to replace my gasoline generator:  With the advice given, wouldn't I run the risk of the batteries only being at a 30% charge at the very time I need them?
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Alan, you might be. It would be up to you to keep them charged for sure. If you're considering leaving the power station plugged in so the batteries would start charging again if they drop below 30%, EGO's charging system doesn't work that way. Once the battery is fully charged the charger shuts off and you can get it going again by removing the battery from the charger and place it back onto the charger. Or, unplug the charger and plug it back in.  
Definitely having charged batteries on hand is the best way I think.
Note that you might not need all 4 batteries to power whatever you'd want to power so you could get things going with 1 or 2 batteries and charge the remaining batteries on a rapid charger or something to add those to the power station once they are charged. Of course, this assumes you have other tools that came with batteries and chargers.
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Mike:  Thanks for the quick response and good advice.
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Alan, I'm not an occasional user; all 5 of my EGO batteries are rotated and used year round. Once one is depleted, it's fully charged and placed back into rotation. That 30% status occurs if it sits idle for an extended period, probably for users with one tool that is a seasonal use like a mower. I have tools of several brand and are used year round; my yard keeps me busy.
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William, I apologize for doing this in public, but since there is no private messaging I have to use this method. Please allow some time to pass before you like something. Once you like something it can't be edited. I like to go back and edit my posts when I think of something else, need to fix a typo, etc. 
Again, I don't mean to call you out. Hope you will take it in the spirit intended. Sorry for any embarrassment. 
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Hey Mike, I worked for a Fortune 10 conglomerate; I have thick skin. No problem; I will try to be a bit slower.
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LOL - Fortune 10 conglomerate = thick skin.  True enough...