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post #21 of 176 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 05:46 PM
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Thanks for posting this. I didn't know some of the technical aspects of why the battery loses charge and all that stuff. I was given one when I bought my ATV last week. I only used it the first night, though. Any idea how much electric these use, like having it continuously plugged in for an entire week?
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minimal, simple math, although i may be wrong, would say the battery is losing 0.12 volts per day, so thats all it really has to replace a day, and its hooked to a 120V source....so it should just be pennies a month to leave one plugged in



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Ok....stupid question on the way. But my battery tender came today...went to hook it up. The battery on the 800 (probably others as well)...is in the dead center of the quad under the gas tank/head light pod area. So what is the best way to hook up the tender...taking of the side panesl? Between the wheel wells? Just curious if there is a universal way of doing this?
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what i would do, personally...is get some extra battery cable, and attach it to the battery terminals, and run the aux. battery cables into a convient location like under the seat, where you could zip tie them to the frame. you would just need to find some type of rubber tip to put over the positive cable and secure so the positive doesnt touch the frame when the tender is not hooked up. that way, whenever you want to charge it, or put the tender on, you just pull the seat, hook your charging cables up to the aux cables that run to the battery.



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blueline15, thanks for the info. Will have to get a battery tender, just put a new battery in back in Dec.
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Doesn't your 800 have a power receptical in the headlight pod. If it does you could get a plug and just plug it in there and it would 'back power' the battery. They have solar panels for cars that do that.
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That there is some good info no doubt about it.

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I have four of these battery maintainers from Sears, two of which are hard mounted in two of my vehicles. The other two trickle charge the Sportsman and the riding mower when not in use. You can usually catch them on sale for under $20 too.

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Doesn't your 800 have a power receptical in the headlight pod. If it does you could get a plug and just plug it in there and it would 'back power' the battery. They have solar panels for cars that do that.
It does...but my battery tender did not come with that type of adapter, but that is a good idea.

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Umm... Owner Manual says to remove the "Battery Cover" but all I see is bodywork. With a LOT of push-pin fasteners. How are you supposed to get to the battery terminals on a new Sportsman 500?
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