Automatic Battery Trickle Chargers : Yamaha R1 Forum
» Insurance
» Yamaha R1 Prices
» Sponsors

Appearance & Mods Looks is important. Ask here for help on, flushmounts, undertails, bodywork, exhaust models etc

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-27-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
Automatic Battery Trickle Chargers

Does anyone have any specific models they recommend?

I started battery shopping last night, and noticed that the batteries for my bike are the AGM type. I've heard these are finicky when it comes to charging.

I'm currently using a walmart Schumacher automatic trickle charger, but have been looking at the battery tender brand. Not against the battery tender jr or the next step up. Just wondering if anyone has any recommended units.

What've you been using?

I've read in a couple spots that these automatic chargers end up actually boiling peoples batteries in some cases!

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-27-2012, 07:23 AM   #2
drjak
Take the red pill
 
drjak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes: '09 R1
Location: USA
Posts: 5,678
Battery Tender for traditional motorcycle batteries.

I quit using mine because I upgraded the battery to lithium.
drjak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 07:34 AM   #3
cyclepsycho7
R1, "A Superior Addiction"
 
cyclepsycho7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes: 06 R1
Location: NY
Posts: 10,693
It's always a plus to monitor the voltage with your volt meter when charging a battery, even if it's an automatic charge type just in case it malfunctions. An AGM battery can equalize charge at 2.36 volts per cell, 14.6 volts per battery for 24-hours and can be left on float charge at 2.24 volts per cell, 13.44 volts per battery for a long period of time even though I don't recommend it. The specs above are most likely very close to what an automatic battery charger will run at.
__________________
Lucky 13 Squadron

cyclepsycho7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 07:41 AM   #4
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
See, every time I hook the current charger it charges for at least 30 mins. Every night when I finish riding I hook it up, I never know if it'll be a day, or a month until I ride again. I think my current battery died as a result of overcharging because of this.

I'm hoping the battery tender brand won't automatically charge every hookup. We'll see I suppose.

Any thoughts?


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 07:43 AM   #5
HardRacing
Site Sponsor
 
HardRacing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes: 07 R1, 05 R1 OHLINS_MASTER_DEALER
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 2,581
Our guys have used the Optimate 3 or the Yuasa Hot Shot for years on all their bikes with no issues from either.





.
__________________
HardRacing.com - 704-799-2192
OHLINS Premier Dealer_Great Prices, Tech.Support, Full Staff of Sales Reps, Fast WORLD WIDE Shipping, Large Inventory and Excellent Customer Service.
Follow us on TWITTER & Facebook to get Exclusive SMOKIN' Deals, including $30 GIFT CARD Prizes.

Celebrating our 14th year in business.
HardRacing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:20 AM   #6
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
I'll take a look at those units. I'm wondering how these Battery Tender brand units perform. I wish I wouldn't have put this in appearance and mods.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:26 AM   #7
HKr1
-.-- .- -- .- .... .-
 
HKr1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: YZFR1SPV
Location: Pensacola
Posts: 3,276
Have a few Battery Tender Jr's for the bikes, They work great! The next one up, 1.25 Battery Tender works fine... But, Lighting strike's have taken them out. The Jr's keep on working just fine.
HKr1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:41 AM   #8
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
Quote:
Originally Posted by MotoGPracing View Post
Have a few Battery Tender Jr's for the bikes, They work great! The next one up, 1.25 Battery Tender works fine... But, Lighting strike's have taken them out. The Jr's keep on working just fine.
I've heard great things about the Jrs. However, I've heard they don't compensate for temperature related voltage drop. Since my bike sits in the cold (much to my dismay) I don't think it'd work.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
cyclepsycho7
R1, "A Superior Addiction"
 
cyclepsycho7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes: 06 R1
Location: NY
Posts: 10,693
Quote:
Originally Posted by timmcnamee View Post
I've heard great things about the Jrs. However, I've heard they don't compensate for temperature related voltage drop. Since my bike sits in the cold (much to my dismay) I don't think it'd work.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
When I get a chance I'll elaborate a bit more to my comment. I've worked in the battery industry (all types) for 38 years so I should be able to answer any questions you have.
__________________
Lucky 13 Squadron

cyclepsycho7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 12:47 PM   #10
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyclepsycho7 View Post
When I get a chance I'll elaborate a bit more to my comment. I've worked in the battery industry (all types) for 38 years so I should be able to answer any questions you have.
I'll be waiting! Thanks so much for sharing your expertise.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #11
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
Anyone else have good or bad luck with any particular manufacturer?
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 07:42 PM   #12
JLeosnow
Greenfield, MN(55357)
 
JLeosnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 290
Battery Tender JR's on everything from my bikes, to garden tractor, to snowmobiles, to the wifes Challenger SRT8 and they have all worked flawlessly!

-John
__________________
Click here to E-mail me -> JLeosnow@att.net

2011 R1

Carrozzeria V-Track wheels
Galfer wave rotors(3)
Michelin Pilot Power tires
09/10 Blue tail conversion
09 upper fairing decals
GYT blue seat cowl
Passenger pegs removed
NoMar rear master cylinder bracket
Akrapovic carbon slip-ons/shortened
M4 Y-pipe
FlashTune reflash
Power Commander 5
Power Commander AutoTune
6000k HID headlamps
Watsen flush mounts
Custom LED Blaster-X tail lamp
Black Rearsets
CoreMoto SS brake lines
JLeosnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 08:30 PM   #13
DerrickWade
I killed em Gilbert
 
DerrickWade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: 2004 Yamaha R1 1972 Honda Z50 Mini Trail
Location: Illinois
Posts: 5,963
I almost started a thread yesterday with this very topic. I was gonna buy a Batter Tender Jr, just cause thats what i kept hearing about. Im interested in the replys.
__________________

Courtesy of Petrol Spice
DerrickWade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #14
mudshuvel
catch me if u can
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Bikes: 2003 R1 LE ghost flame
Location: illinois
Posts: 58
i used a schumacher brand for 3 yrs on same batter came with adapter and plug so i could leave hook ups on bike all the time and quickly plug it in and only cost me $15 had a green led light when not trickling and a yellow when it was on, worked great for the price with no issues
mudshuvel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 05:03 AM   #15
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
From my experience, and the research I've done, the shumacher ruined my battery. Every time you disconnect and reconnect the charger it charges the battery for 30 mins or so. I never know when I'll be riding next, so every time I park it, I hook it up. I believe over time, this overcharged my battery and basically fried it.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 07:39 AM   #16
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
Check out a 10w829 on Grainger.com. Pretty cool.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 08:37 AM   #17
mudshuvel
catch me if u can
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Bikes: 2003 R1 LE ghost flame
Location: illinois
Posts: 58
i never had a problem, mine wasnt a chager it was just a trickle charge and didnt have alot of power and shut of when battery reached full charge, had plug adapter with positve and negative wires to mount to your battery and the other end was a quick connect plug that hooked to charger, i had it for 3 years and live outside of chicago, so it was plugged in for months at a time, if u google schumacher battery tender and go down to the amazon site that has it for sale thats the one i had, think it was a 1.5amp
mudshuvel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 08:53 AM   #18
timmcnamee
I eat my R1
 
timmcnamee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Bikes: 2004 Liquid Silver R1
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 267
Quote:
Originally Posted by mudshuvel View Post
i never had a problem, mine wasnt a chager it was just a trickle charge and didnt have alot of power and shut of when battery reached full charge, had plug adapter with positve and negative wires to mount to your battery and the other end was a quick connect plug that hooked to charger, i had it for 3 years and live outside of chicago, so it was plugged in for months at a time, if u google schumacher battery tender and go down to the amazon site that has it for sale thats the one i had, think it was a 1.5amp
That was the intended function of my Schumacher model. Unfortunately, before it would determine what the battery's voltage, it would put a 30 minute trickle charge on it, THEN maintain. I think this process is what ruined my battery. :
timmcnamee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2012, 09:14 AM   #19
mudshuvel
catch me if u can
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Bikes: 2003 R1 LE ghost flame
Location: illinois
Posts: 58
huh, no good with that then!! yea i definatly wouldnt go back to that brand if u had problems, good luck....u could always start it once a week in the garage around midnight and piss off your neighbors, lol
mudshuvel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 03:03 AM   #20
rorlow
Cheating death in the "D"
 
rorlow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Bikes: Silver/Gray 02
Location: Detroit, MI
Posts: 20,927
Battery Tender Plus is all I've ever used
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0669.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	410.4 KB
ID:	479292  
__________________



Last edited by rorlow; 12-29-2012 at 07:42 AM.
rorlow is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:34 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum