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post #1 of 9 Old 01-09-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Beware the 'S'

Gentleman on a Goldwing forum I am on recently lost his garage, dog and three bikes in a fire.

Cause was attributed to a battery maintenance charger. Brand name started with an 'S' and was named after a famous F1 racing driver from Germany. Charger was purchased from the big box store that starts with 'W'.


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post #2 of 9 Old 01-09-2013, 08:53 PM
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Thumbs up Very Correct

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Very politically correct!
Thanks for sharing.
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I think I have three like that. Uh oh.

(none of them are plugged in right now....)
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I think I have three like that. Uh oh.

(none of them are plugged in right now....)
Seems a lot of electrical items coming out of Asia are not UL approved. From what I have read when they are not UL approved they often don't contain a thermal fuse. The problem is not confined to battery chargers and, I'm guessing here, probably more common in the lower priced items. However, the battery charger involved in this incident is UL labeled so that theory may not apply in this case.

It's the old - you get what you pay for thing. In some cases you get something catastrophic.

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I normally don't leave my chargers plugged in for extended periods. Once the battery is charged I remove the charger and use it on a different battery. I've got 5 batteries that I need to maintain over the winter and 2 chargers to do it with.

I have both a Battery Tender JR and a CTEK 3300.

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First of all, bad deal with the fire and sorry to hear about it. I don't even own one, but I wouldn't go and throw away a Schumacher battery tender I bought at Walmart.

Don't know if this is what happened here, but I cringe when I hear people talking about plugging a battery tender into their bike and leaving it powered up all Winter. UL-listed or not, seems like an unnecessary risk. I've even seen people doing an over-Winter Battery Tender with it running off an extension cord.

I've never had a bad experience with one, but I inherently distrust battery chargers and charging batteries in general. If I pull my battery out and charge it in the basement, I don't leave the house until it's charged. If I have to leave, I'll unplug everything and hook it back up when I get home. If it's riding season and I plug in the charging cable on the KLR with the battery installed, I do it outside.

Good post and a good heads-up about the potential dangers of chargers or just about any other electrical device. My wife gets pissed because she'll go to turn on some appliance or gizmo and I've unplugged it. My philosophy is, if you're not using it, unplug it.

Come to think of it, I do have one of those Schumacher 12v emergency jump start/power source rechargeable units that I use only to power my telescopes.

The other night I came home from work and heard a squeaking sound in the basement that sounded exactly like some kind of small animal. I was looking around all over the place for 15 minutes until I realized the squeaking sound was the battery in that unit venting. It has since been removed from the basement to my detached, all-metal garage. A hazard? Probably not, but why take the chance?



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I agree 100%.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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who buys 'Sena' chargers from 'Woolworths' anymore?


...sorry Sena wasn't german.....mmmm lemme think now....
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working in shops in -40 we had charging tables for batteries ive seen batteries pop and explode when charging lead batteries release a gas thet extremely corrosive and flammable .

so a spark from a post to not so well ventilated battery is a bad deal.
i also killed my primary cover on my harley once... turned it bronze boiling over a battery from sitting on charger too long ..

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