battery drain minimum


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battery drain minimum

Postby petarm1 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:58 pm



finally got the charging problem on my bike fixed, but now I seem to have to charge my battery constantly when it sits for a couple days.
does the clock use that much power or is there something else. I have tested my battery and it appears to be fine.
does any one know what the loss rate in milliamps is for the gl1200ltd and is there something that you all are doing to make the morning start more pleasurable.
I am thinking if wiring in a solar panel on the trunk of my bike



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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby NKYWinger » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:16 am

I cannot imagine the current draw on a small digital clock would be more than a few milliamps at most. I might suggest hooking you amp meter up in series with the + terminal on the battery to see what the actual draw down is... then you can trouble shoot from there.
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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby petarm1 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:21 am

Thans I will try that

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:28 pm

Once you have got it hooked up, start pulling fuses one by one to see which one is responsible for the current drain.

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby petarm1 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:02 pm

my drain is only .13 milliamps. this bike is driving me mad. I installed a new regulator. things were fine for about 20 km. then the second time I started the bike the volt meter on the dash went to 16.5 and started to flash then that was it. right back to where I started from a year ago. stator wires get really hot and no chargeing :twisted: once again I am going to replace the stator/regulator and battery this time. I don't know what else is cuasing my grief. wish there was someone out there with the obvious answer that I am looking for. this will be the second season I haven't road since I got the bike.
thanks to all, petar

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby trike lady » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:44 am

Are you using OEM parts or after-market?
Have you thought about the Poor Boy Alternator Conversion?
Might be worth looking into. Just a suggestion.
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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby petarm1 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:41 pm

thanks. not even considering the poor boy system. I am using aftermarket parts for the stator and the regulator since I cant find oem parts for my 1200ltd.
I am striping the bike this winter to see if there is any other wires that are causing my delema

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby trike lady » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:28 pm

Well, you may want to contact these people about the part you need: http://www.lawnmowerpros.com/detail.asp ... 20-ML8-751 it's an OEM unit.
OEM Reg/Rec: http://www.hondapartsnation.com/oempart ... ter-clutch part#16
I'm bookmarking the lawnmower shop also.
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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby banditman87 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:52 pm

Hey mate

I also have had this issue with my ltd

Everything i have checked is fine. I've had the poor boy altenator fitted and ny stat/rectififer/solenoid etc work as should.

The travel computer is the issue. Everyone i have spoken to with any knowledge confirms its a battery killer. I know of one person with vast electrical experience managed a wire splice that deactivated it when the ignition was switched to off. Sounded very complex and given the lack of bits if you fluff up in there i declined to try it out

The easiest way is to just disconnect the battety when parking up. Its a pain but you get used to it. I have an odyssey pc680 installed which has not let me down when used like this
4 days tops connected shes drained flat


Only solution i've found
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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby banditman87 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:56 pm

Further to my last

The odyssey pc680 has solved my starting issues. Tried 3 other batteries even a highcrank car one which were cr8p! The bike goes second or 3rdclick whilst cold and wet now!

Would seriously consider it before ripping to bits as i was about to
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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby HaroldJenkins » Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:07 am

petarm1 wrote:finally got the charging problem on my bike fixed, but now I seem to have to charge my battery constantly when it sits for a couple days.
does the clock use that much power or is there something else. I have tested my battery and it appears to be fine.
does any one know what the loss rate in milliamps is for the gl1200ltd and is there something that you all are doing to make the morning start more pleasurable.
I am thinking if wiring in a solar panel on the trunk of my bike

It was nice innovative thought of getting solar panel on the bike..Have you got the solar panel for battery charging?

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby Ace1Hunter » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:24 pm

My 1986 Gl Interstate drained my new gel battery. I went to the battery place thinking bad battery they cked the battery was 9V . They charged it and it was ok. The battery manager was old honda part person he told me the kill switch can cause battery drain . He said ck the contacts on the kill switch so I did and the contacts had corrosion . I cleaned the switch good to go.

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby HaroldJenkins » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:30 am

HaroldJenkins wrote:
petarm1 wrote:finally got the charging problem on my bike fixed, but now I seem to have to charge my battery constantly when it sits for a couple days.
does the clock use that much power or is there something else. I have tested my battery and it appears to be fine.
does any one know what the loss rate in milliamps is for the gl1200ltd and is there something that you all are doing to make the morning start more pleasurable.
I am thinking if wiring in a solar panel on the trunk of my bike

It was nice innovative thought of getting solar panel on the bike..Have you got the solar panel for battery charging?

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:43 am

Ace1Hunter wrote:My 1986 Gl Interstate drained my new gel battery. I went to the battery place thinking bad battery they cked the battery was 9V . They charged it and it was ok. The battery manager was old honda part person he told me the kill switch can cause battery drain . He said ck the contacts on the kill switch so I did and the contacts had corrosion . I cleaned the switch good to go.


There is no possible way for the kill switch to cause battery drain, bad or otherwise. If the ignition is turned off, there is no power at the kill switch to begin with.

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby Ace1Hunter » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:30 pm

Well, the battery manger was Honda parts person. He said honda techs fixed all this time. I am a Honda Master tech at a Honda car dealership . Bad connection can cause all types problems. I bought the bike to the shop a ran a parasitic load test was fine. I verafied he was right.

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:09 am

Ace1Hunter wrote:Well, the battery manger was Honda parts person. He said honda techs fixed all this time. I am a Honda Master tech at a Honda car dealership . Bad connection can cause all types problems. I bought the bike to the shop a ran a parasitic load test was fine. I verafied he was right.


A switch that has no power applied to it when the bike is turned off, cannot possibly cause a parasitic drain when the bike is turned off, regardless of how it is malfunctioning.

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Re: battery drain minimum

Postby Ace1Hunter » Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:24 am

The main problem was the stator. I tested the circuit with your DIY section. I pulled the engine with your help with DIY on pulling the engine and R&I stator. I pulled the engine with bike on the ground and used hydraulic jack and rolled the engine out. I pulled the t-belt covers off and did not touch the belts and the engine came out easy as pie. Thank you for your DIY section. I have a fix for carb problems without pulling them and clean them and then synchronize them.




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