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I just installed one for a friend and did it direct to battery. He is not concerned with leaving it on all the time as he will put it away and lock it up upon arrival.
I installed a 12 v receptical on my bike and use it for phone, gps whatever. Again, I direct wired it.
It really is a choice. If you remember to unplug it...no problem...if you are forgetful then wire it in to another circuit that shuts off when the key does. My fear was overloading any circuit.
I have seen great arguments for each. So far neither of us have had any problems.
 

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I just installed one for a friend and did it direct to battery. He is not concerned with leaving it on all the time as he will put it away and lock it up upon arrival.
I installed a 12 v receptical on my bike and use it for phone, gps whatever. Again, I direct wired it.
It really is a choice. If you remember to unplug it...no problem...if you are forgetful then wire it in to another circuit that shuts off when the key does. My fear was overloading any circuit.
I have seen great arguments for each. So far neither of us have had any problems.
thanks yeah i figured it was easier that way. did u use inline fuse?
 

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I did just to be safe. Its pretty straight forward install. I made sure the wires are not pinched and used plenty of wire ties to make sure there is no movement. Be cautious as to where the wires run and such as heat will be generated in some of the locations.
I should note I use a battery tender, as do all the people I ride with. Keeps everything fresh...
 

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I did just to be safe. Its pretty straight forward install. I made sure the wires are not pinched and used plenty of wire ties to make sure there is no movement. Be cautious as to where the wires run and such as heat will be generated in some of the locations.
I should note I use a battery tender, as do all the people I ride with. Keeps everything fresh...
battery tender?
 

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Its basically a battery charger that has a "tail" permanently attached to the battery and when the bike is parked I attach the "tail" to a wall plug. When it "tops off" the battery tender automatically turns off and simply sits.
I use it only when I expect the bike to sit for more than a couple days. If you google battery tender jr. you will see plenty of info. I got mine at the local bike shop for around 35.00. The nice part is that the guys I ride with developed a "jumper cable" type set up that goes from one bikes tail to the other....just in case. Quick easy and keeps eveyone going.
 

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Its basically a battery charger that has a "tail" permanently attached to the battery and when the bike is parked I attach the "tail" to a wall plug. When it "tops off" the battery tender automatically turns off and simply sits.
I use it only when I expect the bike to sit for more than a couple days. If you google battery tender jr. you will see plenty of info. I got mine at the local bike shop for around 35.00. The nice part is that the guys I ride with developed a "jumper cable" type set up that goes from one bikes tail to the other....just in case. Quick easy and keeps eveyone going.
oh ok thanks for the help ..bike shop wanted to charge 100 bucks and two days to do it. i was being lazy but seems really easy to do.
 

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Battery tenders, also called float chargers by some, are great little items that will keep your battery fresh and fully charged always, they will save you a lot of grief. No matter how long between rides, your battery is like new. Just my thoughts :) Take a look. Wally World, 20 bucks.
 
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