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Offline Poseidon

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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2018, 03:26:34 pm »
Washed mine several times with no issues. I always use the blowdryer on it to make sure all the water is off it before starting.



If washing it causes starting issues, shouldn’t riding in the rain do the same thing?!?!
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2018, 08:37:26 pm »
In before MoB!  Did you check your grounds for corrosion?     :rotflmao: :chugbeer: :thumbs:

And, was grease applied to the electrical connections before assembly or after?

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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2018, 05:59:17 am »
In before MoB!  Did you check your grounds for corrosion?

I know this is meant to be ironic/funny (from another thread), but it is valid....

I have not checked the connections yet, although I suspect the symptoms don't match.  It is possible, however, that poor connections can mimic a worn-out battery.   In this case, it happened only once, only after sitting for 9 hours off-trickle, and when it was cold, and the battery is fairly old.  But it didn't happen that morning when I started and took it right off the trickle charger, even though it sat for several days and for much longer in nearly the same cold.  So not enough data yet. 

And, was grease applied to the electrical connections before assembly or after?

I have never used dielectric grease before, ever, on anything.
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2018, 10:20:52 am »
If you use bielectric grease will it work either way?
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2018, 10:12:51 am »
That was directed to PH14...  I've always attributed my longevity in batteries (replaced mine at 5 years and the current one is still going (knock on wood)) to rarely washing the bike and not taking  the key out of the switch.

I take the key out of the switch all the time. I generally use it when I fill up with gas. I believe the small charge created by removing, then reinserting the key keeps the battery charged.  :finger_fing11:

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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2018, 10:15:24 am »
nice try... but Phil has the winner on this one...... :rotflmao: :goodpost: :hail:

you would have had to read the Concourier article I wrote about "most asked questions/FAQ's I have had to answer...."

where the final one was "my bike was running perfectly, and then I washed it... and now it won't start... what's wrong with it...?????"

to which I ASK the question...."uh, what color is it?"....

old COG humor, still make Larry Buck snork his drink outta his nose... :rotflmao: :chugbeer:

Wait...you washed it? Okay, all bets are off. As for color, I had forgotten what color mine was until the fresh battery/wash. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was the fastest color...red.

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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2018, 07:27:44 pm »
I wish batteries in my vehicles lasted that long :)
Perhaps my current one will, since I started using a Battery Tender Jr. on it whenever it is not being used.

....and never sits overnight without being on the intelligent trickle charger when parked.


I'm probably going to get flamed (and/or sued by Deltran), but I don't think that Battery Tender Jr.s put out enough juice (amps).
I've had two batteries go bad on them. (neither were on my C14, both were smaller batteries)
The first sentence is opinion, the second is fact. I know, it doesn't mean for sure that the tenders were at fault, but I quit using them anyway.
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2018, 08:19:01 pm »
I'm probably going to get flamed (and/or sued by Deltran), but I don't think that Battery Tender Jr.s put out enough juice (amps).  The first sentence is opinion, the second is fact. I know, it doesn't mean for sure that the tenders were at fault, but I quit using them anyway.

I am not sure it needs to put out much current for the intended use.  In my case, I am not using it to charge a depleted battery, just keep it topped off.  That it does easily.  Most of the time when I plug it in, it goes solid green within minutes.

But I have had one Jr. fail already and bought another.  That was disappointing, because they aren't really inexpensive (for what they are).  I am sure there are better ones out there.
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #23 on: November 26, 2018, 11:08:27 am »
I am not sure it needs to put out much current for the intended use.  In my case, I am not using it to charge a depleted battery, just keep it topped off.  That it does easily.  Most of the time when I plug it in, it goes solid green within minutes.

But I have had one Jr. fail already and bought another.  That was disappointing, because they aren't really inexpensive (for what they are).  I am sure there are better ones out there.

I was a big fan of Battery Tender Jrs, and own about 10 of them. But they've started dying, so I don't trust them. And they seem to last shorter and shorter, like they're being made in China with crappier and crappier parts. And if they're going to be unreliable, well, that's the whole point in buying them.

I might search for a more reliable make/model. But I'm almost at the point to where I feel like it's a similar effort (and cost?) to just replace a battery when needed. Not sure.

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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #24 on: November 26, 2018, 03:28:50 pm »
I was a big fan of Battery Tender Jrs, and own about 10 of them. But they've started dying, so I don't trust them. And they seem to last shorter and shorter, like they're being made in China with crappier and crappier parts. And if they're going to be unreliable, well, that's the whole point in buying them.

I might search for a more reliable make/model. But I'm almost at the point to where I feel like it's a similar effort (and cost?) to just replace a battery when needed. Not sure.

I know.  The Jr. is 1/3 the price of a new battery.  If it doesn't last half the time of a battery, what is the point?  I do have a different smart charger that I bought recently on a whim, this one:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07374QD33

"SUAOKI Car Battery Charger 4 Amp 6/12V Fully Automatic Battery Maintainer for Car Truck Motorcycle" $36

And it seems to work well with things I have tried, but have not tried as a trickle charger on the motorcycle.  It is not much more expensive than the Jr. ($20) but it is FAR more versatile- full function back-lit display, up to 4A instead of just 0.75, different batteries supported (LiIon, AGM, and SLA)...
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2018, 10:34:55 am »
My Battery Tender Jr is coming up on ten years old right now and still going strong. I bought one for a friend in 2010 and his is still working well too.

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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2018, 11:38:04 am »
It's been 10 years, you know.  Probably time to replace it as well.
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2018, 10:43:06 am »
It's been 10 years, you know.  Probably time to replace it as well.

As long as it's working, and putting out power, cycling between its modes as designed, I seen no need. If it fails, I'll buy a new one. It works as advertised.  Sometimes I wonder if the same people who have issues with corrosion on the ground connections, also have their battery Tender fail. I don't know, I have had no issues with either.

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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2018, 11:59:25 am »
I'm on my third battery in my 2009.
I probably jumped the gun both times.
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Re: Replaced Battery: Thanks for a good 8 years
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2018, 01:23:34 pm »
I've decided to never go more than 4 years on a battery regardless of how well it cranks. In addition I
 put it on a tender whenever I'm not riding, remove the battery completely and clean terminals and grounds every 6 months, and before every long trip after having problems once in the middle of nowhere Montana.  I do way to many 200+ mile riding days where I stop for gas and restart in areas where a dead battery would be a major hassle. My last battery "crapped the bed" after a 300+ mile day ride but luckily was 1 mile from my house at a gas station. It was 106* at the end of a long hot day and I was anything but happy to find a battery at a Napa store, take it home and charge it, then return and install it in the dark. In the Southwest 100*+ days trash batteries in our cars constantly as well....I finally bit the bullet and air conditioned our garage which helps a lot.
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