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Battery Tenders

Post by martyw » Mon May 14, 2018 11:34 am

I'm sure this has been asked many time, I apologize, but I searched and didn't find much conclusive info.

Do you 1) Plug yours in and forget it until the next ride?
2) Hook it up for short intervals and remove it?

Maybe some other variation?


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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon May 14, 2018 12:25 pm

I have a hard and fast rule.


Because I don't know how long it will be until the next time I go riding,
and my bike has a couple of parasitic current drains, while they are very small,
will eventually pull the battery down too low to start the engine.

That takes a couple of months, but it is something that I wish to avoid.

I use Battery Tenders on every battery on my property that is not "used at least once a week" and those two are my truck and my car.... batteries are just too damn expensive to not use a BT

Battery Tenders are used on:

[*]Travel Trailer
[*]Lawnmower tractor
[*]Zero Turn lawnmower tractor
[*]Golf cart

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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by WingAdmin » Mon May 14, 2018 2:58 pm

^^^ exactly what he said. I hop off the bike, and plug it in. I too have them on everything - generator battery, lawn mower, everything. I have at least 4 or 5 Battery Tender Jr's plugged in all over the place.

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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by suvcw04 » Mon May 14, 2018 4:08 pm

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2017 Toyota RAV4

If they're not on the road, they are plugged in.

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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by thrasherg » Mon May 14, 2018 4:32 pm

I am like all the above, everything with a battery is connected to a tender, as soon as I arrive home they are plugged in, then they might be used 10 minutes or 10 months later, they are connected all the time. My batteries have all lasted years (far longer than any battery that I have owned and not used with a tender) so I consider them a great investment.


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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by mterraci » Mon May 14, 2018 5:34 pm

I leave it plugged in all the time when I'm not out riding.

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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon May 14, 2018 6:15 pm

if the bike is daily transportation, and get used every day like my '94SE was back when I rode it to work/back and didn't have a car......... it never saw a Battery Tender. No need from one day to the next.

but, now that I am retired, and my activities are much more relaxed, and the bike gets ridden once a month now, maybe.

My problem is, the furtherest store is 1 mile from my home, and it takes longer to get ATGATT on, than it does to just drive the car to the store, get a loaf of bread, and go home....

Oologah measures 1.15 miles from one end to the other end and if the temps are over 75°F I use the car so I have a/c.

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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by WingVetteGSXR » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:43 am

Something else to think of, I have a new Wing and a new Tiger 800. I put in a switched fuse block that also has a separate cord to splice the positive SAE side of the receiving SAE wire into, with the other side of the SAE just going to ground. As soon as you turn on the bikes ignition, it turns off the battery tender, negating the possibility of the battery tender damaging electrical components. So I just keep an SAE hanging out the back of the bike mostly out of site and plug in the opposite SAE coming from the tender as soon as I pull in the garage and turn off the bike.

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Re: Battery Tenders

Post by jkaufmann06 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:25 am

I use them on everything, but the cars and always leave plugged in. I just replaced the original battery on my 2007 GL1800.

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