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Battery Tender

Postby aznyaz » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:19 am



I just registered for this month's prize and got to wondering if I even need a battery tender. Now, everybody needs free stuff from time to time, it's just human nature, but I ride pretty much year round with a couple of breaks for this or that and just want to know if it's something that I could use on an intermittent basis.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby skypilot52 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:53 am

I live up in WIsconsin where it snows in November and lasts until April. During these months I use a battery tender. The rest of the year I ride and don't need to use one. If you would not be using the bike for a few weeks it certainly could not hurt to plug it in.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby speedy1 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:58 am

I live in North Alabama and ride a good bit in the winter. I use my battery tender during the winter months, even though I ride. Need to get another one for my other bike.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby mr.ngs » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:53 am

I would say that even with not riding for a 2 week period you battery would benefit from a tender. Probably even one week.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:22 am

I use one, however it is not a Battery Tender! Bought it at WalMart for about half the price of the Battery Tender.
Plug in the bike when ever it's parked.
Battery now 7 years old and going strong!
Interesting though, is as I looked at Battery Tenders web sight, I noticed a recommendation that the battery should be replaced every 5 years, even using their product!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:54 am

I plug my bike into the Battery Tender every time I park it.

Before I used one, I was going through bike batteries (and lawn tractor batteries!) every 1-2 years. After I started using it, well, I haven't changed a battery since, and it's been quite a few years.

BTW, not all battery tender products are the same. I tried using a cheaper model, and it destroyed my $100 battery in less than a week. I know the Battery Tender products work. So buyer beware.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby aznyaz » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:03 am

OK, I'm convinced. Now all I need to do is win it! :^) How much do these normally cost?

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby Happytrails » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:33 am

Think I paid $22 for mine.
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby aznyaz » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:41 am

Worth it! Is it the brand, Battery Tender that I should look for?

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Re: Battery Tender

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby Happytrails » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:16 pm

Cyclemax and Wingstuff both carry it. I think I got mine thru Amazon with free shipping. So far no complaints. Its doing what its supposed to do but I haven't had mine very long. And the battery that came with my bike is an autozone or whatever. Its a maintenance battery and I'd rather have a maintenance free.
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby Maddogg » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:15 am

You can also find them at Autozone or Orieley's (Formerly Kragen) for about $30.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby mr.ngs » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:12 am

I just use a 6 dollar harbour freight model. Good results for years of use.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby thrasherg » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:45 am

You don't have to use it on a motorbike, use it for your ride-on lawn mower, emergency backup generator, amateur radio battery, etc.. Any lead-acid battery on an item that is not used for periods of 2 weeks or more, will usually benefit from a trickle charger!! :D I have all my dirt bikes (They have electric start so have a battery), my lawn mower, my boat, my RV and numerous other toys all on trickle chargers and the batteries last for years.. I did use a couple of cheap Harbor freight trickle chargers on two RZ350's that I had and both batteries died in less than 8 months, I put it down to the cheap chargers, but that could be wrong, after replacing the batteries and putting them on battery tender junior chargers, they both lasted several more years until I sold the RZ's. You CANNOT go wrong with a battery tender trickle charger, they seem to be well made and perform very well..

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby Ol' Man » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:39 am

What is the difference, in operation or performance if any, between Battery Minder http://batteryminders.com/ and Battery Tender http://batterytender.com/ ?
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:14 pm

mr.ngs wrote:I just use a 6 dollar harbour freight model. Good results for years of use.


That's the one that I used that destroyed a $100 motorcycle battery in less than a week of use.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby mr.ngs » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:53 am

WingAdmin wrote:
mr.ngs wrote:I just use a 6 dollar harbour freight model. Good results for years of use.


That's the one that I used that destroyed a $100 motorcycle battery in less than a week of use.


There is always something that doesn't work right.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby DetroitWingnut » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:27 am

Amazon has Battery Tender Jr for sale $23.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby aznyaz » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:56 am

Well, if I don't win the monthly prize I'll probably take the plunge and buy it!

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby thrasherg » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:42 pm

aznyaz wrote:Well, if I don't win the monthly prize I'll probably take the plunge and buy it!


A wise decision!! Fingers crossed you win!!

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby redbug » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:23 pm

A alternator will never fully charge a battery. When I buy a new battery it always goes on a charger first. Even if it was ready to go as the dealer sez it was. Usually 30 minutes to a hour and the tender has got it up to full charge. You will never have full power use of the battery if a charge is not done. I have 6 tenders now in operation. Backup generator, the lawn stuff, one in the shop (test battery ) and other equipment. I have the waterproof models on vehicles and with the cold season I have been plugging them in. And it does make a difference on starting, spins just a litter faster. Plus you know its fully charged knowing the wipers, blower on high,lights,etc. will be taking a drain and the alternator is working harder.
Odyssey and Optima batteries do well for me. I just don't have battery trouble anymore. Yes buy a battery tender and use it. Might save you that phone call..."honey the car won't start" and put on a new set of wiper blades on her car, you know it's going to happen.
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby offcenter » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:21 pm

My snow plow/garden tractor was going through a battery every two years.
About five years ago i got a battery tender jr for it. Same battery still good after five years now.
I have the six volt model on my Honda 90.
Now I need another one for my Wing.
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby biker4life » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:52 pm

battery tender worth every penny just from my experience and im sure there are those that have had bad experience with theirs, also on another note I had found a second one that had been damaged from a flood so cut off the plug end and attached a pair of motorcycle booster cables with the clips so the one end had the clips and the other end can plug right into my exposed connector, quick connect if you need to give a fellow biker a quick boost as you don't need to pull any plastic off on your bike just plug it into your connector and clip it on their battery. works great -used it just a few weeks ago while at octoberfest and found another biker trying to push/jump his bike to start--connected my modified cables and in less than 1 min his bike started right up and I disconnected and was on my way before he could even bolt his seat back on....




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