charging time?


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charging time?

Postby hap2 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:40 pm



I gotta new battery for my bike today. He put acid in it while it was there. He said I only needed to charge it for 1 hr on the trickle charger. But I've had it on the 2 AMP trickle charger now for 4 hrs & it's STILL not fully charged. Does anyone know about how long it'll take to fully charge it?

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Re: charging time?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:43 pm

hap2 wrote:I gotta new battery for my bike today. He put acid in it while it was there. He said I only needed to charge it for 1 hr on the trickle charger. But I've had it on the 2 AMP trickle charger now for 4 hrs & it's STILL not fully charged. Does anyone know about how long it'll take to fully charge it?

Thanx


I usually trickle charge new batteries overnight.

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Re: charging time?

Postby thrasherg » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:14 pm

It depends on the capacity of the battery, if it's a 12 amp per hour battery, and you trickle charge it at 2 amps, it will take 6 hours to charge.. For most motorcycle batteries, 2 amps is NOT a trickle charge its a high charge rate, they generally recommend charging batteries at 1/10 of its amp per hour rating for 10 to 12 hours.. If your battery is a 12 amp per hour battery, that would mean charging it for 10 to 12 hours at 1.2amps.. if you charge a battery too fats it causes heat and the plates can band inside the battery and cause a cell to fail. You will NOT have an issue at 2 amps on a goldwing battery, but don't charge it at any higher rate. You need 6 to 7 hours to fully charge the battery at 2 amps per hour..

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Re: charging time?

Postby landisr » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:17 pm

I thought Gold Wings had 18 ah batteries, hence a 9 hour charge. No?
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Re: charging time?

Postby tandem54 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:22 am

On a related question, What makes a battery use a lot of water, I keep it on the battery tender when I'm not riding and it seems to use a lot (to me anyways) of water?


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