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Old 12-10-2010, 04:59 AM   #16 (permalink)
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So you guys leave it on the tender for months at a time?
I leave the battery in the bike. I leave the tender connected to the battery for months.

A tender is much different than a charger. It's output is much less. The tender also monitors the state of charge and will turn on and off the charge as needed.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:31 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Once you discover just how good a Tender is for a lead acid battery,it will become apparent batteries can stay in place.All I ever did after seeing this, was make sure all the corrosion was gone and use a spray to prevent it.All batteries stay in place.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
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That's basically what I've done, left battery in bike and ran the permanent connections. Just a matter of plugging it in. Oils are changed, stabilizer has been added, and getting a lift soon to get the tires off the ground.
Then just watch the weather and hope for a decent day every so often to go for a ride around town.
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:23 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Some really good prices on the Tender...Plus and Jr. Ordered one of each at Amazon. $66.00 total with free shipping and no tax. Some of my Christmas shopping is done.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:03 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Yes.
Battery tenders have a regulation circuit built in. They will not over charger like a normal battery charger. They have a float circuit that maintains a full charge. Set it and forget it.
What he said.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:52 AM   #21 (permalink)
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That's basically what I've done, left battery in bike and ran the permanent connections. Just a matter of plugging it in. Oils are changed, stabilizer has been added, and getting a lift soon to get the tires off the ground.
Then just watch the weather and hope for a decent day every so often to go for a ride around town.
I wouldn't bother putting the bike on a lift. You chance it falling off, or doing some underbody damage when it is totally unecessary. just move it an inch or so once a month. Besides--it seems really anal!
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:45 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Dickey, makes sense. Never used to put my other bikes on lifts. Move the bike around the garage quite a bit so probably skip the lift.
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:27 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Just bought Tender JR on Amazon for $22. Came with the pigtail that you install and leave on. Now I just roll in the garage and plug in.
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:29 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Been using the batter Tender Jr for many years. Put the supplied pig-tails on for permanent connection. Plug/unplug takes all of 5 seconds. My last battery for the softail lasted nearly 7 years.
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Bought a 'supersmart' Battery Tender model about 6 years ago. Just a 'wallwart' you plug in to an outlet and a small harness you rig up to your battery connections. When not in use, stow the harness under the seat somewhere...when winter comes just plug it in. Couldn't be easier...as stated above, the 'smart' Tender senses degree of charge and ramps down the amperage as needed so you are not 'over charging' and shortening the life of your battery. I leave battery in bike and Tender connected all winter.
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:57 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Yea, have the pigtails installed and the tender is plugged in. Probably a good thing as it's been colder than hell. Did I say I hate winter.
Now I'm gonna get some highway pegs installed and some other goodies while the bike is in hibernation.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:14 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I almost passed this thread by, but now I'm glad I opened it up. Been using a cheap charger for years that I bought from Sears and in my experience, my batteries only last for a couple of years. So, I have just always planned on replacing the battery every couple years.

So, you're saying that a tender will not overcharge the battery? and you have batteries that have been useful for ... how many years using a tender? What is the best quality battery tender you can buy and about how much?

A new battery will cost upwards of $100. Does it make more sense to nurse an old battery for several years with a tender, or to just plan on replacing it every couple of years?
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So, you're saying that a tender will not overcharge the battery? and you have batteries that have been useful for ... how many years using a tender? What is the best quality battery tender you can buy and about how much?
I've had batteries last 7 years and never on a tender but a good tender will keep it maintained without overcharging it. Keeps it in it's prime as long as it should last...some longer and some probably shorter.

As mentioned several times in this thread the "Battery Tender Jr. or Plus" is a good one. Amazon has the Jr. for about $22.00.

http://batterytender.com/battery-ten...-at-0-75a.html
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:33 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Just a heads up on a battery tender for a Christmas gift.
Battery Tender - Battery Tender Junior Charger
Price: $17.95 + shipping.
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I have 3 Tender Jr's... 1 for the Quad, 1 for the dirt bike, and 1 for the Harley. They work great! no more replacing batteries and they always have a full charge. The best price I have seen on the Tender Jr. was at Jafrum for $19.95 ea. on sale, my local bike shop wanted $39.95 for the Tender Jr.
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