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post #11 of 176 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 03:02 PM
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blueline15, Isn't a battery tender and a trickle charge from a battery charger the same thing?
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blueline15, Isn't a battery tender and a trickle charge from a battery charger the same thing?
I was wondering the same thing. I have a Sears battery charger and not sure if I can use it as a "tender" as well. I sure dont want to overcharge.
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no, they are not....a battery tender has special circuitry the completely cuts the charging power when it sense the battery is full...and resumes charging back to full after it senses the battery has dropped X amount of voltage, and charges back to full and stops....

a trickle charger doesnt have the ability to stop charging. the reason for a trickle charger is to not really increase the temp of the battery acid and to help protect all the fuses and electronics on board. when you do a quick charge, it becomes really easy to boil the battery acid if you dont pay attention to it. a trickle charger gives you a lot more slack in not overcharging the battery, but if you left a trickle charger hooked up to a battery for months at a time, it can, and probably will still boil the battery acid and cause damage and possible premature failure.

a device labeled battery tender is the only safe device to leave plugged in months at a time



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Thanks blueline!
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good post

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So do most of you leave the battery in and just take off the side cover and use the battery tender that way or do you remove the battery?
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^^you could do either. temperature doesnt really play a factor when a tender is hooked up to it. cold temps cause the battery to lose charge faster, but a tender will keep up with it so i doesnt really matter



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After reading this thread I found a Battery Tender Jr. at Amazon for $23 (free shipping on orders over $25, so throw in a trail guide or something.) Also, it looks like they come with a cable you can leave wired to the battery and have coming out under the handlebars or something (if it's long enough, have mine ordered, will report back.)
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nice tip and good review, went out and picked one up for my bike this afternoon and it works great
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