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Old 05-14-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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how to charge a motorcycle battery?

I just got a new battery, I am thinking that maybe I didnt charge the last one properly. So I wanna make sure I do this one right. I have a battery charger for cars, but I think I wanna use a trickle charger since they are for smaller batteries. Anyone no if this will help the life of the battery, and where I can pick up a trickle charger, dont wanna buy online, would rather support local sellers.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:00 AM   #2
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cyclegear....trickle charger works wonders
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battery tender is the most popular brand, i have a cheaper knock off bought at vatozone that works fine.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:54 AM   #4
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I also bought some different attachments so I can easily switch it between the bike, the autox M3 and loose batteries in the garage.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:25 AM   #5
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Trickle charger is for a maintenance charge to keep it topped off so that it doesn't get sulfated and lose capacity. They work great, but aren't intended to charge a battery from zero. It's still best to have a battery charger as well as a tender. Biggest enemy is letting them sit and slowly discharge. When the batteries drop under about 12.4 volts and lower, lead sulfate starts to deposit on the plates. Over time, the sulfate starts to insulate the plates from the electrolyte and you lose capacity. Keeping the batts charged up keeps the sulfate from forming. Long slow discharges to low volt levels are killers as far as sulfate accumulation. Keep them above 12.4 without cooking them in the process and you'll get max life out of them.
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Actually the Battery Tender brand chargers will charge the battery and then switch to trickle mode automatically. You don't need 2 seperate chargers. Everything else that CCH said is right on the money.
The reason you don't want to use an auto type charger is that the charge rate is too high. They will try to charge the battery faster than is good for it.

If you want to get the maximum life out of a moto battery go spend $30 on a Battery Tender. I have three and they are dead simple to use.
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Most automotive chargers will have a 2amp setting which is fine for a bike.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:35 AM   #10
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You cant go wrong with a battery tender, they will definetly extend the lifw of your batteries, and you can get the handy attachment and just plug them straight in when you pull in the garage
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