Battery Tender Jr


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Battery Tender Jr

Postby nitefuzz » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:41 am



On my 98 Wing SE, it has a Battery Tender Jr installed when I got it. Reading up on it, it sounds like I can just plug it in for the winter and forget about it. Live in northern Indiana and its common for temps to drop into the single digits and lower for several weeks at times. The wing will be parked in the garage but will be no heat for the winter, approx 4 months from the time I put away. My concern is the Battery Tender Jr will cook the battery during this time, I know some guys unplug them for a couple weeks and then plug them back in for a week and do this thru the winter. Guess I am looking for anyone’s experience on this and if that is really necessary to do and do we really trust the Battery Tender Jr to do its job and not worry about it cooking the battery, any comments would be appreciated on this. Thanks



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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby liquineer » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:24 am

I have something similar on my wing, it is called a battery optimiser I think. It works well on my setup (compufire alternater and AGM battery) as it sits often for several weeks and then the bike is in constant use for several weeks, just depends on what events I have to attend (and the weather as well) I always reconnect when it is back in the garage.
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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby bohdan » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:35 am

I don't have the JR but I have the dual battery charger. Not really the same, but I use it for two boat batteries for 10 months out of the year. 4 years later, running strong....

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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby thrasherg » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:55 am

As no one has given a direct answer to you, I will.. :D yes you can leave the tender permanently connected throughout the winter period. I do the same thing to all of my bikes and have done so for many years and not had a single battery go bad. The current output is so low it will not and cannot boil your battery dry. It is intended to be left connected for months at a time, This is only true for the battery tender brand, other chargers might cause battery damage, but the battery tender mark is excellent (I used some harbor freight chargers and they did boil my batteries!) :oops:

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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:03 am

I have had Battery Tender Jrs plugged into all three motorcycles, trailer battery and generator battery, 24x7x365 for several years now (basically any time the bikes aren't being ridden, they're plugged in). Most of these are in my garage where it can get below freezing in winter. The batteries all work like brand new.

The Battery Tender is DESIGNED to be left hooked up all the time, and in fact doing so will extend your battery's life, as it will be kept at its full charge state.

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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby jajeanquart » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:50 pm

I just looked at Fleet Farm add for day after Thanxgiving in Green Bay, Wi..........the BT Jr on sale for 19.95.......good deal
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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby nitefuzz » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:05 pm

Thanks everyone............... I have mine hooked up now and will leave it that way............. Nitefuzz

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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby Dwight_n_Sue » Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:58 pm

Instead of using the tender jr. post clips I wired for loop stake-ons that fit my battery's terminals and pulled the connector to the tender under the seat and thru my helmet hanger opening (I'm triked and the helmet hangers don't function). We're a tad closer to the North Pole than you; northern Illinois. It stays that way from late December thru mid March, no issues. I do try to start the bike once a week.

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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby thrasherg » Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:29 pm

Unless you let the bike get really hot, starting the engine every week is not a wise thing to do. You cause condensation in the exhaust which makes them rust much more quickly, you also cause condensation inside the engine which mixes with the engine oil and is not good for lubrication.

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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby donnewald » Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:29 am

I run the bike for about half an hour. Cooling fans are running at shutdown.

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Re: Battery Tender Jr

Postby bjatwood » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:39 pm

That's how I roll too, starting it once or twice a month. Run it for 20 minutes shut er down. The cooling fans come on at exactly 16 minutes @ 40 degrees ambient temp...




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