GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender


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GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby Vito » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:00 am



Hello everybody

I want to ask something" I have purchased Battery Tender. It has a special connectors straight to a Battery. It makes charging easier because I can connect these wires to a Bttery and leave it for always. When the ride is done and i dont want to ride for, for example, one month, i dont need to pull Battery from its nest but only connect one connenctor. Question is do i can make any damage in Motorcycle elektrical circuit when Battery is still connected to a bike and Battery Tender is connect to a Battery? Thanks for help.



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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby CWJ73 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:22 am

This is exactly how I have used my battery tender on all 4 of my motorbikes with no adverse effects. I wire it direct to the battery, leave the battery hooked up to the bike and plug the battery tender in when not riding.

I am certain nearly every person on this board that uses a battery tender will tell you the same thing.
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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:28 am

Mine is wired the same way and using the "battery tender" is the best.My cheap Wallyworld charger is junk and boiled my battery dry.
I am thinking of changing my power tap from ignition to direct battery power..then when I park it I can unplug my phone and plug in the tender into it to maintain the battery.

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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby brettchallenger » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:43 am

Your bike and battery will be fine, the Battery Tender is designed to do this. It will also keep your battery in good condition and make it last longer. The process is know as "trickle charging" and is a means of keeping a battery fully charged when it is not being used. Battery Tender is a trade name and there are lots of other devices which do the same thing. But make sure whatever you use, it is a trickle charger and not an ordinary battery charger, the latter should not be used longer than a few hours to charge a discharged battery.
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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby Snowmoer » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:39 pm

Just do not start the bike with the battery tender hooked up and on. This can damage the tender. You can turn it on to ACC with it hooked up, just do not start it.

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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:58 pm

Yup,thought about that....don't want that magic smoke going the wrong way up the pipe.
Not wanting to do some magic wiring and stuff,I'll probably just drape the cord so I don't forget....Yellow caution tape maybe. :lol:

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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby gordonv » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:17 pm

A battery tender (lower case B & T) and a battery maintainer are 2 different items that accomplish the same idea. Keeps the battery charged.

Correct me if I have it wrong, but the battery tender will send a low charge to the battery, but the maintainer will basically turn on/off and send a correct charge (high/low) to the battery.

Now, my Battery Tender ($30), light code came back with a battery error, and wouldn't charge my battery. Changed to a battery charger to charge, battery worked fine for another year. At this point, I then bought a CTECK 3300 battery maintainer ($75), and it's working fine, and has different settings and charges, for AGM, MC and cars. I even bought the battery side connectors with LED indicators to show charge level. A waste of money.

I'm looking at replacing my lead acid battery to a Lithium Iron (LiFe) battery, because I can't keep a charger on the battery, but need to remove from the bike and charge in the home.

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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:11 pm

The Battery Tender is designed to be connected to the battery while it is in the bike, it will not damage any circuitry in the bike.

You can also feel free to start the bike with the Battery Tender still attached. I've done this for years. The Battery Tender has quite a bit of protective circuitry in it and will not be affected. When it sees the higher voltage from the alternator when the bike is running, it simply turns itself off. When you turn the bike off and the voltage drops down again, the Battery Tender turns itself back on.

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Re: GL 1500 1988 Battery Tender

Postby Vito » Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:37 am

Thanks You Guys for help :) Mine BT has the same feature - it has a protection when connected to a battery and start an ignition. Well, yet will be all easier.

Thanks.




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