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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-19-2010, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Battery Tender?

What do you guys suggest for a battery tender to use for the winter?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-19-2010, 06:40 PM
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Use a "Float-Charger" Keeps the battery at optimal charge level and automatically "floats" the current (amperage) to keep it there. Not very expensive, $7.99 at Harbor Freight.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...=float+charger

I modified my star to have a power port (for GPS, Phone, etc.) then I put a lighter plug on the end of my Float Charger and just plug it in.

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I use the "Battery Tender Jr." by Deltran. My battery is in my basement now on a two by six board hooked up to the BTjr.
A little more expensive than the Harbor Freight one, I paid $39.95,
but I'm happy with it. Switches automatically from charge to float.

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Works OK

I use a amp and a half battery tender by Schumacher. bought it at Tractor Supply for $25. I have three of them bought there and at an auto parts store.

Don't know if they are the best but they work. The instructions say they charge the battery then change to a float mode. Use them on Bike, lawn mower, and Tractor.
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I also have the Harbor Freight charger and I have set it up too tend two bikes. Sofar it has done good.
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I use the "Battery Tender Jr." by Deltran. My battery is in my basement now on a two by six board hooked up to the BTjr.
A little more expensive than the Harbor Freight one, I paid $39.95,
but I'm happy with it. Switches automatically from charge to float.
Looks like you can just leave the cable on the bike year round with this one?
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I use Deltran Battery Tenders too. I have a 2 port one and a pair of Jr's. I keep all of my bikes and the cars I don't typically drive in the winter on them.
Never a problem. You can get the Deltran ones from Amazon for like $23 delivered.
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Do you guys just leave the battery on the bike when using the Jr? It looks like it can be used either way. My bike is in the garage.
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I don't take my batteries out since all the bikes are in a garage.
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Do you guys just leave the battery on the bike when using the Jr? It looks like it can be used either way. My bike is in the garage.
Yes, you can leave the battery right in the bike with the jr. I take mine out because my garage isn't heated, and there is no power outlet close to where the bike sits for the winter. So I just put the battery in the basement on a 2x6. The basement is heated.

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