I'm thinking teotwaki ought to just get himself another battery and get on with his life. It is not much more than a $100 bucks for a red top. You got a bad one, no one seems able to help you to your satisfaction. Get over it. Move on. It's not worth your time or our bandwidth to carry on here. We all get that you had a bad experience. It sucks, but sometimes life is hard.
I, personally have had a great blue top going on 8 years. It has been in about seven different rigs, and not once has it been charged in any "special" way. I am about to put it in my F350 and connect my winch to it. We'll see how it likes that
'98 Dodge 3500 CTD NV4500 complete with a crap load of goodies.
'11 Rubicon Unlimited OME heavies
'07 Adventurer 10T
Sin niņo, tres perros y mucha tabletas de surf!