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    Trickle charger vs battery tender

    Well, looks like the party's over: Blizzard warning tomorrow, woo hoo! Now that winter's is rearing its ugly head here in the tundra, I reckon I ought to pick up some sort of a gizmo to keep Shania perking 'til it thaws out again. What's the difference between a trickle charger and a battery tender, and what's the most inexpensive, yet not a POS out there? I'd like something that you can hook a connector on the battery and just plug it in. Thanks, all, and here's to an early spring!!

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    The biggest thing you are looking for which a battery tender has is that it has a "float" mode that basically means when the battery is fully charged, it stops charging and just monitors the voltage. If it drops below a certain thresh hold it kicks is again. So basically, you can leave the battery on the charger indefinitely without hurting it.

    Some trickle charges just continue to trickle charge the battery and will eventually just burn it up because they never stop charging.

    Just look for a "battery tender jr". You can usually find them for $25-$30 and sometimes even cheaper on sale.

    Amazon.com has them for $23.38 right now - http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender...0197139&sr=8-1
    Derbi Cycles has them for $19.99 - http://www.derbycycles.com/cgi-bin/e...x.cgi?pid=2601
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    The original Battery Tender has a Tender Jr. which is just for already healthy batteries, has a battery quick connect is is fairly inexpensive.

    Can't really say beyond that, I have Schumacher smart chargers that have float modes once topped up. No quick connects, etc.
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    BTW, we just bought 2 more battery tender JR's at CycleGear's Black Friday sale. They had them for under $20/ea. I think we are up to 6 or 7 jr tender's now and every single one of our bikes has a plug so they all can stay plugged in all the time. It definitely saves batteries from going dead.
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    A Battery Tender Jr came with my Marauder I bought this year. I have a Schumacher float charger on my Majesty scooter I bought at Walmart last year for less than $20. Both seem to do their job, and are fairly similar.

    Both came with a plug-in connector and alligator clamp connectors. The easiest thing to do, is just connect the plug-in connector to the battery and have the connector hang out so it is accessible. Then plug it in to the charger.

    The Schumacher charger was able to recharge my scooter battery earlier this year. I had stopped to talk with a neighbor (way too long), and left my key in the ON position so the light was on. When I went to start the engine, it barely turned over. I had to push it around the corner back to the garage, and hooked it up to charger.
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    I've owned and used the Schumacher 1.5 amp "On Board" chargers for years. The first one was wired in parallel with the block heater, so plugging in the car kept it warm AND charged. $30 at the local farm supply store, might be $35 now.

    However, this year, I bought one of these, because I am familiar with the desulfating tech it includes on other battery applications. It's currently working on my AMX's battery.

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    I still endorse the Schumacher for anyone who can't afford the Pulsetech, but I'm a fan of the new charger. It's also one of the most-requested "can I borrow" tools I own.
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    I also swear by the Battery Tender jr. I have had the leads attached to the battery and run to a convenient place, ( on my Vulcan it was behind a side panel, on the FZ it come up right in front of the handlebars) It makes it very easy to plug it in every time I return to the garage and over the winter. On the FZ I use it it to power my GPS when I ride. ( I bought an SAE plug to cigar lighter to plug the GPS into).

    A week or so ago I posted a link to Motorocycle Superstore who had the BTjr. on sale for $19.99
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    I have one from Sears that has a float mode, under $20. I also have one very similar that came with the BMW, also with float mode, but that it has a BMW brand on it, probably cost over $50.
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    BMW riders let their bikes sit so much that they come with a factory trickle charger?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKnight View Post
    BMW riders let their bikes sit so much that they come with a factory trickle charger?
    Well, y'know how it is, can't decide between riding the GS, the K bike, or the R1100 S.
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