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Offline Deramore

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Battery maintenance
on: October 26, 2020, 06:12:13 PM
Hi, has anyone got any recommendations for a trickle charger/battery conditioner for use over the winter? Sorry if this is an old topic!

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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #1 on: October 26, 2020, 07:13:18 PM
There's no harm in asking   :028: 

There are lots, but I  have used Oxford Products Oximiser which is very good 
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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 08:00:43 PM
Just replaced one of my old from 2010 C-Tek US3300 with one of these.........https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD44RQO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 09:53:12 PM
I'll keep my finger crossed. 69K km, 5,5 years and still the orignal battery. I ride almost every weeks, better then :biker3: a charger

For the other bikes, I have one optimate, 3 low cost (19€ at Lidle) and they are all maintaning by batteries.

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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 12:13:23 AM
Battery Tender .......was a gift 6 years ago and works like new on four bikes revolving every winter   
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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 01:02:36 AM

 
 I use Optimate 3 with good results. As Tyke said, there are loads of options.
They certainly make winter starts easier, a plus for battery as well as starter.
 As for longevity, that's more difficult to prove but may well be true. Certainly regular riding is better for most m/c components than being left sitting if not properly laid up.

 Rob.

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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #6 on: October 27, 2020, 05:48:06 AM
*Originally Posted by uralrob [+]

 I use Optimate 3 with good results. As Tyke said, there are loads of options.
They certainly make winter starts easier, a plus for battery as well as starter.
 As for longevity, that's more difficult to prove but may well be true. Certainly regular riding is better for most m/c components than being left sitting if not properly laid up.

 Rob.

Well, the trickle chargers are actually maintain the battery like if you were riding. Regular discharge and charging cycle in the limits of allows it to last.

I also own a classic, the car, not the house  :008:



6V battery that requires high Amps to start and drains very quickly if not used. The life time was approx two years. Since I use this low cost charger it's in the car for more than 4 years now and still good.

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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #7 on: October 27, 2020, 05:58:02 PM
I bought 3 C-Tek chargers back in 2010.  4 years before seeing the video below. Just confirmed i made a good choice...

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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #8 on: October 27, 2020, 07:34:09 PM


 You don't believe that Leno guy, do you? :whistle: .

  I started out watching his review of a Datsun 510 this morning and ended up watching 4 or 5 more  :008:.

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Re: Battery maintenance
Reply #9 on: October 27, 2020, 07:41:00 PM
Bought a BatteryMinder 10 or 12 years ago, sounds like same principles as the C-Tek. I have to admit they seem to work on lead-acid type batteries. Had a WalMart Everstart brand in my lawn tractor (affectionately known as "NeverStart" in some circles...) needed a battery quick to mow. Had to replace it in August, checked receipt to see if any warranty left , I'd bought it in 2013,,, Thought I must have replaced it in between, pulled it out and has the 2013 date sticker on it. Had been using the BatteryMinder on it over the winter months when not mowing every week. Rotate the charger between the car, truck and other equipment for a week at a time. The AGM don't seem to tolerate these type chargers though. Had used it on a couple AGMs in the bikes, both died early. Maybe the CTek is better than the BatteryMinder...