Battery Charging Problems


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Battery Charging Problems

Postby Choppir » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:58 pm



Hi, I am having charging problems with my 1982 Honda Goldwing Aspencade 1100 I have a new battery but notice that the gauge never gets close to 12volts and if I leave it connected in about 2 days it is dead. Would this 1982 Honda Goldwing GL1100 interstate GL 1100 rectifier voltage regulator on e-bay help?



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Re: Battery Charging Problems

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:03 pm

Choppir wrote:Hi, I am having charging problems with my 1982 Honda Goldwing Aspencade 1100 I have a new battery but notice that the gauge never gets close to 12volts and if I leave it connected in about 2 days it is dead. Would this 1982 Honda Goldwing GL1100 interstate GL 1100 rectifier voltage regulator on e-bay help?


Before you start swapping parts, let's first find out what exactly is causing the problem. First, check your master "dogbone" fuse. Remove it and make sure it is not cracked or failing. Second, disconnect the stator connector next to the battery - it's a connector that connects three yellow wires together. Have a look at the stator connector and make sure it is not corroded or melted.

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Re: Battery Charging Problems

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:31 am

Yep, some research is needed. Test battery/charge with motor running with a meter should show 12v+/- at idle and 13.8 +/- at 3000 rpm's, if not stator/wiring or regulator most likely at fault. Or do you have a short someplace draining the battery..hard to find..

Fried yellow wire connector a common issue..cut it out and solder wires or at least cut it out install connectors(bullet or blade) that are separate and keep them away from each other a bit so the heat can dissipate more easily. IE don't wrap them up together with tape or tube.
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Re: Battery Charging Problems

Postby SteveB123 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:16 pm

I'm in the same boat. Looks like I've got continuity to ground on each of my stator wires.
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Re: Battery Charging Problems

Postby Choppir » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:00 pm

HI, well I am making an update, the yellow wires were in bad shape so I did solder them together, my ques. now is this what is that small rectangle box just above those wires to the left of the battery it seems to have three connector spaces but only two are being used. Also there are two wires going nowhere what could they be? Each time I charge the battery to full then start the bike it will die out after a short time of running. I am hoping that the three yellow wires were the cause, I will no more tomorrow.
OH is there a link somewhere that I can actually see the view of the side of the bike where the battery is located? Thanks all!

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Re: Battery Charging Problems

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:17 pm

Choppir wrote:HI, well I am making an update, the yellow wires were in bad shape so I did solder them together, my ques. now is this what is that small rectangle box just above those wires to the left of the battery it seems to have three connector spaces but only two are being used. Also there are two wires going nowhere what could they be? Each time I charge the battery to full then start the bike it will die out after a short time of running. I am hoping that the three yellow wires were the cause, I will no more tomorrow.
OH is there a link somewhere that I can actually see the view of the side of the bike where the battery is located? Thanks all!


Is this the box you're talking about?


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Re: Battery Charging Problems

Postby Choppir » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:37 pm

No mine looks nothing like this. It is a small rectangular box with three plugs on the bottom but only two are hooked up so I need to know if there is a wire missing or is this all correct. I soldered the three yellow wires together then put liquid tape on and on top of that elec. tape. When the bike is running it has a slight hesitation at the throttle handle but if you do it easy it goes on up to speed. I checked with a meter and it seems to start charging at 3k rpm's but only around 12.4 amps if I put on the turn signal and check it drops to 12.1 - 12.0 and up. So is this normal for my year bike 1982 Goldwing Aspencade 1100 ?

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Re: Battery Charging Problems

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:16 pm

After cranking my 1100 I measured with a shunt type amp meter close to 15 amp feeding to the battery,after 5 minutes at 3000 rpm it would drop to about 4 amp charge rate.

Now exactly what and where are you measuring.??
Volts or amps..and where is your meter attached.??
Turn signals will load the system and give erratic readings.Just measure at 900 rpm and then at 3500 rpm.
Normal..I would consider 13.2 volts at 900 rpm normal after 5 minutes of running and peaking at no more than 14.5 volts at 3500 rpm.
Charge rate to the battery...up to 15 amp after cranking and then tapering off to 3 to 4 amp after a short while( battery charged back up).
If the battery is very low charged,it may take longer to get it back up.Perhaps a half hour running.
I use a digital volt meter direct to both battery terminals for a accurate measurement.




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