[QUOTE=FredRydr]I bought a Deltran Battery Tender in 1999 when it was the only model. Later, I bought a Plus model, put the Plus onto my Roadster and moved the original to my restored '63 Buick Riviera. The Riv is sorely neglected due to motorcycle fun, but today I went to where it sits and the Battery Tender's red light was on - steady. Connections were good. I unpugged it, found that the battery was charged, and started the car (after the dry carb was filled by the mechanical fuel pump). No problem there.
After I chewed up the water pump shaft and bearing and made arrangements for that, I turned my attention to the Battery Tender. I plugged it in, and no light at all. I touched the clips to see if there was any 12v juice - nothing. Is the Battery Tender destined for the landfill? Do they wear out? I can pick up a BT Plus from M/C Accy Warehouse through Amazon for $34, so that's what I will do unless there is an easy fix.
TIA for any advice.
'63 Riv w/ Wildcat 445 engine that demands Sunoco 94 and LOTS of it! :rolleyes[/QUOTE]
The "Battery Tender" has to be attached to a battery that is not totally discharged...like it has to see maybe 9 or 10 volts or something before it turns on. You won't see any sparks, etc by touching the leads together.
It's probably fine.
IMHO, trying to read a voltage across the input plug wouldn't work, as the internal transformer only works on AC, not DC.
I have a battery tender plus, and have at times left it unplugged from the wall (needed the extension cord) whilst connected at the battery...no discharge after a week...the usual testing/charging sequence that Delrans do was the only thing noticeable.
[QUOTE=PUDGYPAINTGUY]I have a battery tender plus, and have at times left it unplugged from the wall (needed the extension cord) whilst connected at the battery...no discharge after a week...the usual testing/charging sequence that Delrans do was the only thing noticeable.[/QUOTE]
The BT has a diode in the output to prevent any current from flowing back into it.
In doing the math ...
In doing the math a new motorcyle battery is around $80 for the basic non space age lead acid variety. EBay does yield some bargains.
YUASA 12V 5-STAGE AUTOMATIC BATTERY TENDER can be had for about $40 on eBay.
The BT will extend the life of the battery. After removing the helmet and gloves plugging in the BT is the first thing I do when the ride is back home. Keep the electrical system happy and healthy or always carry a set of those nifty small battery cables.
Invest in a Battery Tender. The battery will always be at full charge and the entire electrical system will be at peace.