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TOPIC: Re:Battery Charging Question
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Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
I recently had a bad experience with a battery maintainer/charger. This charger, which was the second one (first one screwed up as well) I have owned of the same brand/model,apparently drained the battery on my 07 Roadstar. When I tried to start the bike, it would not even click. I eventually had to jump start the bike. I place a full size 2 amp charger on the battery after removing it from the bike and was able to get it up to 12.6 amps by my cheap Radio Shack voltage meter. After a few day in the bike, the voltage dropped to around 12.2 to 12.3 but would still start the bike. After one week, it's reading 12.2 volts. I guess my qustion is should I get another battery or keep using this one until it no longer turns the bike over. BTW, I have tested it on idle and its putting out 13.8 to 14 volts. Thanks for the help!
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
Is the bike still under warranty if so take to the dealer they should replace it. If not then it is up to you do you really want to be stranded somewhere and it not start? Cold weather will kill a bad battery fast too.
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
Mikhail,

Are you talking about a battery charger or battery tender? I bought a tender last December and have it "tending" the battery for my R*. I removed the battery and the bike is in storage, so I haven't tried to start the bike since December. The indicator lights on the tender indicate all is well, but I won't know for sure until I reinstall the battery. I'm hoping to find the battery fully charged and ready for a new riding season!
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
I'm gonna guess you have a bad battery, get it tested if you want, most autozone's etc, can do it...
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
Hey, thanks for the replies but I screwed up, the bike's an 06 not an 07. I got the extended warrant but batteries aren't covered. I do plan on having it tested but I guess my question is would a battery that's two years old drop that much in voltage due to age? And the charger is a maintainer that's used for both 6 and 12 amp batteries with a light that's yellow during the charging process and green when completed. Problem is that the yellow light never seemed to come on and it just drew the battery down, the same thing that happened on my last bike and cost me a battery then as well. I can tell you that the next maintainer will be probably be a Battery Tender. Trying to save money never seemed to cost me so much!
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
Mikhail.. I have the Shuemacker "battery companion". had it for three years now on the same battery and its still running strong. It was a good investment for $27 at Walmart. My battery is factory...04'.. still doin a good job. I know I'll need one soon though.
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
Using the wrong kind of charger or a bad charger can trash your battery. I use a battery tender junior. Works great
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
I use the Jr myself. I bought based on the recomendations made here.
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
I used to work in a battery factory (exide) and there are so many variables when building a battery that, yes, one could be bad after 2 years or even less time. i think your best bet is to buy another battery that does NOT come from wal mart, k mart or any discount place - we always sent the "lesser than excellent" batteries to those places. i feel like no matter wheree you go to get a battery you're gambling on whether the battery will actually be a good one or not, but i think most places will guarantee the battery for a period of time.
 
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Re:Battery Charging Question 10 Years ago  
I have a Battery Tender Jr. and a YUASA battery tender. If the indicator lights are working correctly, everything seems to be working as planned. The indicator lights on both units are holding on green, meaning they are in storage mode.
 
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