Battery tender advice
Posted February 21, 2004 - 11:53 AM
I not going to spend 80 dollars for a charger. Can anyone know where I can get one at a good price. Thanks
Posted February 21, 2004 - 01:31 PM
There's nothing exotic or weird about the battery. It's just a 12V sealed lead acid battery. Sears sells some reasonably priced tenders in that charging range.
Posted February 21, 2004 - 02:00 PM
I set a regular car battery charger to 2 amps and only charged for 45 minutes or so, checking it a few times to make sure the battery didn't get too warm. Worked great. This would not be good for the battery if done repeatedly.
Every few weeks, if I am not going to be riding, I try to run my bike for 5 minutes in the garage to condition the battery and keep everything lubed. Its not too cold here in Socal, so that helps.
Posted February 21, 2004 - 02:02 PM
Cut two pieces of wire about 6in strip the ends and attach the ring terminals to one end of each wire, and place them under your battery terminal screws (make sure you mark the ends with their polarity). Install one of the modular connectors to the end of these wires. Cut the end of the converter strip the wires and install the other modular connector. Make sure that the polarity of the converter mates to the correct wires comming off of the battery (- to -, + to +). You can wire tie the battery leads under the side pannel while riding the just cut the wire tie when you get home and connect to the charger, no removing the side pannel to charge the battery. you should tape up the connector while riding.
Anyway this is cheap (under $20) and a fun little project that works. I did this because I had an e-starter and wanted to go riding one saturday and found out friday night my battery was dead, and I did not have a kicker on the bike, and I had all the stuff at home. It worked well, used it for 2 yrs then finally bought a battery tender from www.motorcycle-superstore.com for $50
As said above the charging time will depend on the amperage of the converter. And remember you would have to disconnect it since these little converters do not float
Posted February 21, 2004 - 03:47 PM
Battery Tender Jr.
Bought mine here for $19.95:
Your dealer is feeding you a line. Try it you'll like it.
Posted February 21, 2004 - 04:44 PM