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    Nobody thinks this, Kitty,kitty!

    I do. A nice CAT to keep your seat warm and the rodents away. My outdoor cat haves her own heating pad in the garage, very near my bikes. If your cat has seat access, make sure her/his claws are gone! My little girl has her fronts out, but does no damage with her rear claws. Still quite the killer too, with no fronts. We live in the country and rodents are ever present. Disconnect your ground from battery! Randy

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    I've read on this forum that trickle chargers shouldn't be used as they overcharge the battery. I s there a difference between a battery tender and a trickle charger ? Have my battery on a 1.5 amp "Battery Companion" and it reads 13.4 volts -steady. In my experience this is not overcharged. The advice supposedly came from Roadrunner magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeno Nine View Post
    I've read on this forum that trickle chargers shouldn't be used as they overcharge the battery. I s there a difference between a battery tender and a trickle charger ? Have my battery on a 1.5 amp "Battery Companion" and it reads 13.4 volts -steady. In my experience this is not overcharged. The advice supposedly came from Roadrunner magazine.
    It is a matter of terminology. Most folks consider a "trickle" charger to be a dumb charger that just keeps on charging regardless of the battery's state of charge. Most of today's "smart" chargers are maintenance chargers designed to reduce the current flow to maintain the state of charge rather than to recharge a discharged battery.

    Battery Tender, Optimate, and others are smart chargers and the Schumacher Battery Companion claims to be a smart charger.

    In any event, 24 hours every 3 weeks or so is plenty of connect time is sufficient to keep a good battery sufficiently charged in storage in my experience. My several smart chargers are connected to outlets on a wall switch so they are eady to turn on and off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sudani View Post
    I've been reading about how to store it properly and have been given a few tips here and there.
    The most neglected part on any vehicle, and the failure rates prove it, is the battery.

    The problem is, even "smart" chargers aren't as smart as they should be and this is due to the manufacturer not being all that smart about battery maintenance. Having tested many at work, if there is one thing they are good at, its making claims on the packaging.

    I take it it gets down to near freezing temperatures where you are storing it (unless it is in a heated garage). If so, chances are very good the battery is being undercharged.

    Some of the charger/maintainers claim to have temperature compensation (to adjust charge voltage based on temperature), but I'd like to see that to what voltages in their specs. Battery Tender refused to give me that data...said it would be too confusing ...which is why I do not take that company too seriously.

    If you don't already have one, a better bet is a CTEK 3300 smart charger.

    And now for something totally non-technical...rotate the engine so that both valve springs aren't tensioned during storage...at TDC of compression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeno Nine View Post
    Have my battery on a 1.5 amp "Battery Companion" and it reads 13.4 volts -steady.
    There are a few thoughts on this.

    Some battery charger/maintainer manufacturers will charge a battery leaving it in the absorption mode till the current reaches a very low set point at which time it switches off till the battery self discharges to 12.5V and then starts the process all over. There is no float mode being employed. This is a smart 2-stage charger.

    Other battery charger/maintainer manufacturers will place a battery in float mode (smart 3 -stage charger) and keep it there.

    My batteries have always lasted much longer using the non-float mode method of battery maintenance.

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