battery tender recommendations?
I ride a 2000 R1100 RT with just under 30K miles, the last 1400 mine since I bought it. With dropping temperatures upon us in Northern Virginia, I am seeking thoughts on battery tenders.
Yes or no - experiences?
If yes, which one and why? Experiences?
I have a gel battery of unknown age (on the bike when I purchased it).
Yes, the RT is my best inanimate friend...I'm not certain she's inanimate.
Many thanks to you all.
3 way battery chargers/tenders
I was just reading the best way to preserve a batterie's life is with this type of charger. Here is part of the explanation:
Batteries like to be charged in a certain way, especially when they have been deeply discharged. This type of charging is called 3 step regulated charging. Please note that only special SMART CHARGERS using computer technology can perform 3 step charging techniques. You don't find these types of chargers in parts stores and Wal-Marts. The first step is bulk charging where up to 80% of the battery energy capacity is replaced by the charger at the maximum voltage and current amp rating of the charger. When the battery voltage reaches 14.4 volts this begins the absorption charge step. This is where the voltage is held at a constant 14.4 volts and the current (amps) declines until the battery is 98% charged. Next comes the Float Step. This is a regulated voltage of not more than 13.4 volts and usually less than 1 amp of current. This in time will bring the battery to 100% charged or close to it. The float charge will not boil or heat batteries but will maintain the batteries at 100% readiness and prevent cycling during long term inactivity. Some Gel Cell and AGM batteries may require special settings or chargers. ******Any comments?