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Can anyone give me feedback on a good quality charger as I'm not going to be riding the Duc for about a mos or so. Price is not an issue at this point. Just want something durable w/auto shut off and will last forever or close to that. Thx
 
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Re: trickle charger (blkeh20)

You cannot go wrong with a battery tender plus. I have the connector on numerous vehicles and just hook the tender up when they are sitting for over a week. Battery Tender will NOT boil or overcharge your batteries.
 
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Re: trickle charger (vanxr)

Thanks man. $55.00 seems like a drop in the bucket for piece of mind
 
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Re: trickle charger (blkeh20)

Pay the 5-6 bucks for extra connectors (car, boat, rv, tractor, etc...)
 
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I had both the Battery Tender Jr. & the Plus. Over the years I have mis-treated them a bit (hey, it's a garage...) and the Plus still works fine. The Jr. broke and stopped working - it was replaced with another Plus model...
 
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Re: trickle charger (blkeh20)

I have two Battery Tenders collecting dust. The only thing I use now is an Optimate, not even a comparison IMHO. Both my Battery Tenders would show charge mode for quite some time and I would think they should have switched to float. If I took the connectors off and put them right back on the battery they would show green for float. At that point I never trusted them again. My Optimate shows levels of charge and it always went to float on its own.
 
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Re: trickle charger (Phil 998)

Thanks guys for the advice. Hey Phil, where did you get your Optimate? I did a search for that charger and only ones I found were in the UK/Europe
 
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Re: trickle charger (Phil 998)

Wow Phil! Thx
Charger just bought
 
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Re: trickle charger (Phil 998)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Phil 998 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have two Battery Tenders collecting dust. </TD></TR></TABLE>

Can I have 'em???


<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Phil 998 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Both my Battery Tenders would show charge mode for quite some time and I would think they should have switched to float. If I took the connectors off and put them right back on the battery they would show green for float. At that point I never trusted them again.</TD></TR></TABLE>

Not sure what the problem is, but they explain some of that in their FAQ's here.

The only problem I've had with Battery Tenders is that sometimes I would hook it up and get a flashing red light, as if something was connected wrong. It turned out that the little SAE connectors were just a little loose. I would take a small flat-blade screwdriver and pry the male prongs apart a little bit so they fit more snugly, and never had a problem after that...
 
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Re: trickle charger (AZ Scott)

Let me see if I can even find them. I never had any connection problems, just what I described, I don't trust them.
 
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Re: trickle charger (Phil 998)

I have one made by meta (the same company who make bike alarms/immobilisers).
It is excellent with trickle charging.
paid £28 for it although should be £40
 
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Re: trickle charger (Phil 998)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Phil 998 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have two Battery Tenders collecting dust. The only thing I use now is an Optimate, not even a comparison IMHO. Both my Battery Tenders would show charge mode for quite some time and I would think they should have switched to float. If I took the connectors off and put them right back on the battery they would show green for float. At that point I never trusted them again. My Optimate shows levels of charge and it always went to float on its own.
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There are a few ways to interpret that. When I was on a small search of what to use and sell, I tested a few of the cheap models. The Battery Tender Jr had the highest float voltage. I think this means that it charges the battery the most and leaves you most able to start your bike. I am pretty rough to my tender jrs and they've held up well. I typcially have them on extension cords and drag them around on the floor.

 
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Re: trickle charger (chris_k)

Chris, you should check an Optimate. It reads the battery and will indicate whether it can be charged at all, is heavily sulfated, normal but low, or fully charged and floating. If it is heavily sulfated it tries to break the sulfation down also. BTW if I remove the Optimate from a fully charged battery while it is showing green and hook it back up a few minutes later, it will show yellow for charging also, but it will go green again, on its own, in a few minutes.
 
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