Battery Tender


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Battery Tender

Postby cfennell1832 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:49 pm



I have been told by the dealer that a tender can extend the life of the battery by up to three years, has anyone had a battery that lasted 5 years? I have the tender now with a new "top of the line" battery, I have gotten 2 years off the same batteries before so i'm curious about others results? The amount of time I have the tender attached to the battery is about 10 to 12 hours a day (have issues where I live with leaving things like this out all night). Riding a 2007 GL1800



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Re: Battery Tender

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:10 pm

I was going through almost a battery a year for a little while on my GL1100. When I put a Battery Tender on it, 24/7, I kept the same battery for a few years until I sold the bike.

The battery (an AGM) on my GL1500 is now five years old, and is on a Battery Tender 24/7. It is now on its fifth year, and is just as strong as it was when new.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby cfennell1832 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:20 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I was going through almost a battery a year for a little while on my GL1100. When I put a Battery Tender on it, 24/7, I kept the same battery for a few years until I sold the bike.

The battery (an AGM) on my GL1500 is now five years old, and is on a Battery Tender 24/7. It is now on its fifth year, and is just as strong as it was when new.



So if it's not ot 24/7 then it wont work?

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:40 pm

My 2006 is still on the original battery!!! Have used a Tender since the day it was new. I'm actually wanting to see how long it will go now.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby harvey01 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:46 pm

My 04 Wing had the original battery till a couple years ago. It was doing okay but I installed the new one anyway. I hook it to the battery tender every week or so if the bike is not ridden for a day or so to charge all the way up. I have been doing this for years with 3 different bikes. No battery failures!
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:53 pm

cfennell1832 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I was going through almost a battery a year for a little while on my GL1100. When I put a Battery Tender on it, 24/7, I kept the same battery for a few years until I sold the bike.

The battery (an AGM) on my GL1500 is now five years old, and is on a Battery Tender 24/7. It is now on its fifth year, and is just as strong as it was when new.



So if it's not ot 24/7 then it wont work?


No, absolutely it will work very well if on for even just an hour or two a day.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby jinx » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:46 pm

OEM battery on my 06 was 6 years old when I decided to replace it. The battery was still going strong but didn't want to push it.
It was only on the tender when I could not ride for a week or more, which is not often.
In my opinion the tender is well worth the price and will pay for itself.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby cfennell1832 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:04 pm

OK then....

Thanks everyone for the responses.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby Steve F » Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:49 pm

One more thing....If you say "Battery Tender", you realize that's a brand name, and not a generic term to a battery maintainer. If you get the brand named "BATTERY TENDER" then you will get a quality battery maintainer, and not all battery maintainers are created equal. Some confuse a trickle charger with a battery tender, and those things can and WILL boil a good battery to toast and kill it.
I'm not affiliated with the company that makes the Battery Tender, but I'll definitely give it two thumbs up.
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:20 pm

I had the cheap one from WM..boiled my battery dead...The "battery tender jr." has been just fine.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby wingman12 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:39 pm

I have the gel cell (AGM) battery in my 99 1500se, only use battery tender during the winter hybronation, battery is 5 years old and is still going strong. The [trickle chargers] will fry a new battery within a couple of months if left on all the time. You can purchase chargers that not only maintain the battery but de sulphur them and extend the life of the battery. No they are not inexpensive. A quality one is around $100

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:23 am

I don't own a battery tender the wings have odyssey pc 680's in them. bought both batteries back in '07 and the only time they have been on a charger is when the alternator died on the 1500 wing and when the stator died on the 1200 wing. I had to put the pc 680 on the 1500 on the battery charger once after being too lazy to disconnect the battery one winter
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Re: Battery Tender

Postby Ghostman » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:04 am

Ive an 07 and this battery will be 5 years old this summer. Around here with winter season she'll sit on the tender in the garage to keep her charge up. And then always on the tender to keep the battery up whenever Im not riding. I use a Battery Tender Plus on my bike and car.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby cfennell1832 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:43 pm

Steve F wrote:One more thing....If you say "Battery Tender", you realize that's a brand name, and not a generic term to a battery maintainer. If you get the brand named "BATTERY TENDER" then you will get a quality battery maintainer, and not all battery maintainers are created equal. Some confuse a trickle charger with a battery tender, and those things can and WILL boil a good battery to toast and kill it.
I'm not affiliated with the company that makes the Battery Tender, but I'll definitely give it two thumbs up.

Yes I have the top of the line real Battery Tender.

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Re: Battery Tender

Postby PastoT » Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:05 pm

2 years on a battery! I have 2002 and just last winter replaced the original. Yes I ride year round but I use a small tender in the winter regardless. I hope my new battery gets half what the first one provided. BTW I bought a sealed Interstate this time.


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