Battery Tenders


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GrimReaper86
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Battery Tenders

Postby GrimReaper86 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:39 pm



I’m looking into getting a battery tender for my 1200 aspy. I’ve been reading lots of customer reviews and was wondering about others’ opinions on which brand I should get. Many of the reviews talk about either the tender burning out or it burning up the battery. Also, I’ve read in several places about the battery should not be hooked up to the bike while the tender is connected.

So, do ya’ll disconnect the battery to hook up the connector? Since I’ve read several posts here about running extra wires, I wouldn’t think so. And, any recommendations on a tender?

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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:58 pm

GrimReaper86 wrote:I’m looking into getting a battery tender for my 1200 aspy. I’ve been reading lots of customer reviews and was wondering about others’ opinions on which brand I should get. Many of the reviews talk about either the tender burning out or it burning up the battery. Also, I’ve read in several places about the battery should not be hooked up to the bike while the tender is connected.

So, do ya’ll disconnect the battery to hook up the connector? Since I’ve read several posts here about running extra wires, I wouldn’t think so. And, any recommendations on a tender?

:?


Battery Tender Jr. 100% - you can't go wrong with it:

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-02 ... ingdocs-20

I own six of them and have them on all of my bikes, generator, trailer, everything with a 12 volt battery. It can be left plugged in 24/7 (and in fact should be), and the battery can be left in the bike. Just hook up the (included) wires and leave the plug exposed somewhere. Then when you park your bike, just plug it in. It will keep your battery at 100% charge without overcharging. The Battery Tender is pretty much indestructible - I've had them attached while running the bike, while accidentally shorting it out, it just keeps going.

The best part is that by leaving it connected like I describe, your batteries will last much, much longer. I used to go through a battery every two years - on my GL1100, it sometimes went through a battery in one year. Since I put Battery Tenders on my various batteries (5 years ago) I haven't had to replace a single battery. And they all still work like they are new.

Lead-acid batteries prefer to stay fully charged, and doing so extends their life.

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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby suvcw04 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:35 pm

What he said. 100 percent.

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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby joeincalif » Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:07 pm

I have one that I got at Wal Mart about 12 years back and it still works great. I have used it on 8 different bikes since I got it. When I park the bike in the garage it goes on the battery tender.
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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:10 am

I thought I had a review written up for a Battery Tender Jr. - and when I went to look for it, realized I had never done one. So I wrote one up. You can see it here: Battery Tender Jr. Product Review

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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby joeincalif » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:20 am

mine isn't a "battery tender" brand.
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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby GrimReaper86 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:03 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I thought I had a review written up for a Battery Tender Jr. - and when I went to look for it, realized I had never done one. So I wrote one up. You can see it here: Battery Tender Jr. Product Review


Well, after that review, how can I not buy it... :!:

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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:37 pm

GrimReaper86 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I thought I had a review written up for a Battery Tender Jr. - and when I went to look for it, realized I had never done one. So I wrote one up. You can see it here: Battery Tender Jr. Product Review


Well, after that review, how can I not buy it... :!:


You could always buy the cheaper version from Harbor Freight: Harbor Freight Automatic Battery Charger...but be prepared to buy a new battery if you do. :)

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Re: Battery Tenders

Postby milkman44 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:09 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
GrimReaper86 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I thought I had a review written up for a Battery Tender Jr. - and when I went to look for it, realized I had never done one. So I wrote one up. You can see it here: Battery Tender Jr. Product Review


Well, after that review, how can I not buy it... :!:


You could always buy the cheaper version from Harbor Freight: Harbor Freight Automatic Battery Charger...but be prepared to buy a new battery if you do. :)



Exactly, Harbor Freight tender cooked a battery for me too.




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