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Old 01-23-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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Left the key in and ignition on overnight, how long should I charge?

searched and didn't find an exact answer, so new thread!

So last night I left my key on overnight and when I went outside to ride on this beautiful day. FCK. Dead battery.

So how long do I need to charge my battery on a 1 amp trickle to get it back to a good running state?
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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Set it up over night.
but as I understand, you can charge too long and ruin the battery
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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if its a trickle then itll stop when it needs to, just jump it then ride it...itll charge while riding
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:52 PM   #4
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1 amp is going to take a while. Overnight is a safe bet.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:56 PM   #5
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I put mine on trickle and leave it over night and never any issues. I have left it on for 2 days before. When it is at full charge the charger cuts off. If it drains at all it will kick back on to bring it back to full charge...just my .2
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:03 PM   #6
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okay will do...

fkn missed a great riding day due to my own stupidity
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one more question

for motorcycles, do i hook up the negative (black) cable to the frame, or the negative terminal on the battery?
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one more question

for motorcycles, do i hook up the negative (black) cable to the frame, or the negative terminal on the battery?
battery if your charging it
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12 volts for 2 hrs or push started and drive it for a while!!! all it was that u left it on too long once u pushstart it it be good to go!! dont go too far and turn it off!!
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12 volts for 2 hrs or push started and drive it for a while!!! all it was that u left it on too long once u pushstart it it be good to go!! dont go too far and turn it off!!
Sometimes there are issues if it is FI with push starting.

Also, trickle chargers don't have overcharge protection. Battery tenders/float chargers do. Be careful, because most do not turn off when the battery is charged and you can overcharge them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trickle_charging

"The difference between a float charger and a trickle charger is that the float has circuitry to prevent overcharging. It senses when the battery voltage is at the maximum level and temporarily shuts off the charge (floats voltage at zero or a very minimal charge until it senses that the battery output voltage has fallen, then resumes charging ). You can keep it connected indefinitely.

A trickle charger, on the other hand, will charge no matter whether the battery is fully charged or not. So it needs to be connected and disconnected periodically. If left in place too long it'll eventually boil the electrolyte out of the cells or damage the plates. Trickle chargers will work to keep the battery charged if used once a month or so for a day or 2, but the float chargers can be left connected indefinitely without potential harm to the battery."
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hook up on battery itslef. and leave it on trickle charge.
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Good info.

I agree with the trickle charger or manual charge box. at 1 amp charge overnight or 6 hours should be enough to test the battery after static surface charge is removed to see the condition of the battery; whether it was recoverable or not.
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