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Old 10-29-2006, 07:11 AM   #1
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Question Battery Tender's?
Who uses them and what brand?



This is a' Powerlet' external Power port, use it to plug in your battery charger, heated clothing, or even charge your cell as you ride.

(The mount bracket comes powder coated black, this one is just for the pic. Otherwise its almost invisable).

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Old 10-29-2006, 07:27 AM   #2
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No need if the battery is fully charged you shouldn't have a problem. I usualy run the bikes once a week anyway so no need for them.. Plus my dad put one on his warrior and it actually rined the battery.

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Old 10-29-2006, 07:32 AM   #3
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When you store a bike, is when you use them. Your Dad got a 'Tender' that didnt monitor the batterys charge. Some actually 'Float' until the battery needs a charge.

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Old 10-29-2006, 07:36 AM   #4
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Storing is a relative term. They are in my eyes stored in my garage, but I have to keep them above freezing due to no antifreeze and stuff like that!!

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Old 10-29-2006, 07:44 AM   #5
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I use the ACI (battery Tender) charger on the bike and as well on my Mazda 323GTX that only comes out for autocross, or lapping days. Otherwise, its sits with a tender all the time. I have Optima batteries, and upgraded my ZZR to a AGM battery from Big Crank.

http://www.acichargers.com/Product%20Specs.htm

I purchased mine at Batteries.com for very little money. BatteryMart.com also carries the tenders. I have the 3 amp model.

The specs are quite impressive and you can leave this tender on for years w/o any issues.

Humm, its windy, yet warm and sunny!

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Old 10-29-2006, 08:06 AM   #6
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Ive been using 'Deltran', brand.
I use them on the bikes as well as an old '90 RX-7 Mazda.
One, on my R1100r BMW has kept the $100.00 dollar battery alive for 3 years.
Id dont remember the rate of decay for a battery sitiing, not in use, but its amazing how fast they can loose a charge. With Fuel Injection needing a 'Good battery' to start, they have saved me money and grief.

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Old 10-29-2006, 08:37 AM   #7
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I've got a Battery Tender Jr. on mine. Was stupid easy to install, and is cheap insurance. Why NOT use one ?

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Old 10-29-2006, 08:53 AM   #8
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I have the Jr. as well. Simple, easy insurance. I use it on the bikes, the 4-wheelers, the lawn mower.... I hard-wired my bike, and use the alligator clips for everything else..

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Old 10-29-2006, 08:55 AM   #9
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Just about anything with a 12v battery can benifit from a 'Tender'. Rv's, Boats, Jet Ski's....

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Old 10-29-2006, 11:07 AM   #10
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No need if the battery is fully charged you shouldn't have a problem. I usualy run the bikes once a week anyway so no need for them.. Plus my dad put one on his warrior and it actually rined the battery.

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Old 10-29-2006, 11:15 AM   #11
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yup, I've had to replace my battery once, and that cost like $40. I'm not sure how much those tenderers cost, but unless you plan on storing it for an extended period of time I don't see it being too useful.

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Old 10-29-2006, 12:12 PM   #12
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apparently they are pretty necessary for my bike... from what ive heard and experienced...

so yes, i have one and plug it in every other week or so

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Old 10-29-2006, 04:49 PM   #13
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I made one using an old 14volt cellphone charger. The only thing I bought was the clips I solder on the wires. I just plug it in once every 2 weeks for 8 hours and haven't had a problem yet. It only puts out 400 milli amps so overcharging isn't a problem. Some people put them on a timer to come on for an hour a day but I haven't got that ingenius yet.

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Old 12-11-2006, 10:45 PM   #14
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When y'all put the batteries on the tender, do you unhook all the wires from the negative terminal? A coworker of mine told me you can fry a battery if you don't hook the tender up correctly. Something about not wanting to complete the circuit. I'm no electrician, so I thought "safer to ask".

Anyone know the 'right' way to hook up a tender?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-11-2006, 10:53 PM   #15
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You can leave everything connected.
Powerlet, a company that specializes in power ports for charging batterys on motorcycles
makes a port for charging, so you dont have to raise or remove the seat.
The battery stays connected.
I have a BMW battery thats been in the bike for 5 years, and is maintained in the bike.

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Old 12-12-2006, 10:22 PM   #16
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Thanks James.

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Old 12-13-2006, 02:10 AM   #17
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I made one using an old 14volt cellphone charger. The only thing I bought was the clips I solder on the wires. I just plug it in once every 2 weeks for 8 hours and haven't had a problem yet. It only puts out 400 milli amps so overcharging isn't a problem. Some people put them on a timer to come on for an hour a day but I haven't got that ingenius yet.
jeebus, a 14 volt cell phone?!

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Old 12-13-2006, 02:59 AM   #18
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ride it then you dont have to charge it!

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Old 12-13-2006, 07:48 AM   #19
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ride it then you dont have to charge it!
OK 'FROSTY' Ill be looking for ya(on two wheels) when the ice and snow are sticking in Spokane!

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Old 12-13-2006, 07:53 AM   #20
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Last nights Fiasco was every reason not to ride in december. Bike+wind+downpoor+dark+no windshield wipers= near death.

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