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post #1 of 21 Old 01-23-2014, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to see what battery tenders you guys are using. I'd like to get one that could be used for my truck or the bike. These single digit days lately have been hard on my batteries. This is what I was thinking about.
http://batterytender.com/products/mo...-at-1-25a.html
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I use one of the Schumacher ones that I got at Walmart for about $20. Had it for 7 years and use it a lot. Similar to this one:

Schumacher SEM-1562A Battery Maintainer and Charger - Walmart.com

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I have one of the ones you linked to on the XRL, I have a JR on the 9er and I have one of these on the F250
http://batterytender.com/products/au...12v-at-5a.html
I'm thinking about getting one of these since I would like to have another tender for the Nissan
http://batterytender.com/products/au...emisphere.html


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I use one of the Schumacher ones that I got at Walmart for about $20. Had it for 7 years and use it a lot. Similar to this one:

Schumacher SEM-1562A Battery Maintainer and Charger - Walmart.com
This looks like the ticket. Have you used it on an automotive battery? My intention is to have it on the truck when Im riding the bike, and vice versa.

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This looks like the ticket. Have you used it on an automotive battery? My intention is to have it on the truck when Im riding the bike, and vice versa.

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Nope just on the bike, but it looks like it should work on either one.

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I have a 4 bank and 2 singles. Use them on all 6 bikes all the time. And yes, they will work on car batteries just the same. You can wire in an adaptor so you can just plug them in. It's what I do.

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Thanks for the info. I'll be picking up a tender and a SAE to coax adapter soon.

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The tenders come with an adaptor. They sell extra adaptors as well. not too expensive.

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Amazon usually has some pretty good pricing on the battery tender stuff


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I use the battery tender junior on my bikes as it fits nicely on the garage wall, I pull the bike up next to it and use the Powerlet plug (already fitted to the battery and hanging beside the seat) to plug it in. Very handy.

Then again, I've never used it since putting my lithium battery in my bike, haha. So I guess if you have good batteries, it may not be needed.

I did use it the other day to charge up some UPS batteries for my NAS device UPS though.

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I use the battery tender junior on my bikes as it fits nicely on the garage wall, I pull the bike up next to it and use the Powerlet plug (already fitted to the battery and hanging beside the seat) to plug it in. Very handy.

Then again, I've never used it since putting my lithium battery in my bike, haha. So I guess if you have good batteries, it may not be needed.

I did use it the other day to charge up some UPS batteries for my NAS device UPS though.
Why haven't you outfitted the UPS with lithium?

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Any tenders for lithium batteries, that would output >14V?

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Any tenders for lithium batteries, that would output >14V?
Honest question, why would it have to be >14v? All the instructions I've received with my LiFo's have stated they work with all latest battery tenders.

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Honest question, why would it have to be >14v? All the instructions I've received with my LiFo's have stated they work with all latest battery tenders.
g00g, I just got a new LiFo Scorpion one, tried to charge it (it came @~50 charge) and my old tender did not charge it. I had to use my car charger. Read the instructions later,

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and, there it was, "battery charger should be between 14.0 and 15.0 V"

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How old is your charger? Like I said, most lithium batteries state they work with 'the latest chargers' meaning those built usually in the last 5-6 years.

This is important info: BatteryStuff Articles | Can I Use a Battery Tender on my Shorai Battery?

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How old is your charger? Like I said, most lithium batteries state they work with 'the latest chargers' meaning those built usually in the last 5-6 years.

This is important info: BatteryStuff Articles | Can I Use a Battery Tender on my Shorai Battery?
This is it: http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/P.../p/42958_00000 , got it 2 years ago

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I have the JR as well with the lead coming out under the master cylinder reservoir. I leave it attached all the time.

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Looks very similar to the Battery Tender Junior, which I have used before. I think it will work fine.

Also, with the battery at 50% charged, you could have just thrown it in the bike and gone for an extended ride.

That's the great thing about LiFo batteries (lithium in general). They provide the same amps until right before they completely drain. So your 50% charged battery would start your bike just as well as a 100% charged battery.

Doesn't hurt it one bit, either, to sit at 50% voltage for even a few months.

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For the bikes, I use the Schumachers previously mentioned above by marylandmike or related models (they change them sometimes), but lately I have been changing to these because they have a much more informative display:



DieHard Battery Charger/Maintainer: Start Every Time With Sears

They are often on sale for $20-25 at Sears.


I have this permanently installed in the truck: SE-1-12S:

It's intended to be installed as an on-board charger/maintainer and it's more convenient than the more conventional 'box on a cord' ones, though before I installed it I used the same Schumachers that I used on the bikes.

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