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post #1 of 19 Old 09-29-2012, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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seeking advice on a battery tender

I live in Oregon so any day now the sky is going to remember it is nearly October and start dumping wet stuff till next June. Accordingly my new (to me) bike is going to be stuck in the garage and I dont want to buy a new battery every year. I have no experience with battery tenders other than knowing I need one so any advice in this regard would be welcome.

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-29-2012, 02:00 PM
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I live in live in levanon . All I can say is ride it everyday like its not raining then you won't have to change the batt so offiten.

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post #3 of 19 Old 09-29-2012, 02:06 PM
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I use the Battery Tender:

http://batterytender.com/

You'll find you'll hook it up and use it more often if you make a harness/adapter that's already hooked up to the battery terminals. You can just run it out under the side panel and plug the charger in without having to mess with pulling your battery out.



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We get extreme cold temps here in the winter so I pull my battery right out of the bike and put it in the storeroom in my basement... Every month or so I throw the tender on it for a day or so to top it up. Seems to keep the battery happy for it's extended winter hibernation... And winter is loooonnnnggg!

P.S. I used to have a Honda Shadow that I left the battery in year round and didn't bother with the tender. I would have to put a new battery in it every 2 years! Get's expensive pretty quick!

I use a Ctek charger, they're a little spendy but it's a pretty amazing charger... It's even able to recondition a dodgy batter, I love it
http://smartercharger.com/


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I have the same as Planalp. Only used it once on the KLR, but I had to keep it on my old 73 Honda all the time.




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I use a Ctek 3300 and a Battery Tender. Really love the Ctek unit. If you look around you may find them on sale. When I bought mine it was on sale and only about $10 more than a Battery Tender. Has a setting for AGM batteries too.

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I use, and have used the same one on my last 5 bikes, the Battery Tender Junior.
Only attach it to my bike if I haven't ridden for several weeks. Don't use it very much. The tenders are frequently on sale for $19.95.
Quite reasonable, and the seem to last forever.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I appreciate all the good input.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I appreciate all the good input.
I use the Oddessy pc545 battery and I got 5.5 years out of my firsts one. We get down to single digit temps for weeks at a time and this battery never saw a charger. I recently replaced it with another oddessy pc545 and I look forward to anothet 5+ years of trouble free battery time I will not use another battery as long as I get the same results and I will reccomend them until I find any fault with them... Good Luck,
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I use the Oddessy pc545 battery and I got 5.5 years out of my firsts one. We get down to single digit temps for weeks at a time and this battery never saw a charger. I recently replaced it with another oddessy pc545 and I look forward to anothet 5+ years of trouble free battery time I will not use another battery as long as I get the same results and I will reccomend them until I find any fault with them... Good Luck,
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