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Forum: Parallel Universe 03-10-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 496
Views: 77,970
Posted By Global Rider
Well the bottom line is, 99.99% of the time, the...

Well the bottom line is, 99.99% of the time, the ability to start an engine far outweighs the ability to play the radio for 48 hours.

The only time AH was important to me is when the alternator...
Forum: Airheads 02-23-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By Global Rider
Not really. I do have pics, but they are in an...

Not really. I do have pics, but they are in an unlisted gallery. I just don't have the time.

I might do a Bosch starter rebuild DIY since I have mine all apart and cleaned up. I need to media...
Forum: The Garage 02-19-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
So much for high tech. :wink:

So much for high tech. :wink:
Forum: The Garage 02-19-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
What concerns me is the 14 gauge cable used in...

What concerns me is the 14 gauge cable used in that monitor. It may be short in length, but then so is the OEM factory ground cable which is probably a 6 or 8 gauge cable.

That meter claims...
Forum: The Garage 02-16-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
I like that little meter. It is unfortunate...

I like that little meter.

It is unfortunate it cannot be installed into the vehicle's wiring system for on-board monitoring.
Forum: Airheads 02-15-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By Global Rider
That is a lot lighter than having to push a fully...

That is a lot lighter than having to push a fully loaded GSA up a road in the Alps to the next town in sight.

Give me a Bosch; the one in my car is still working and it is a whole lot older.
Forum: Airheads 02-15-2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By Global Rider
The winding does not get too close to the plate. ...

The winding does not get too close to the plate.

Its the grease retainer plate that detaches itself from the planetary gear housing and then rubs against the motor windings causing the short to...
Forum: Airheads 02-14-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By Global Rider
Yup, that looks familiar. You know, there is...

Yup, that looks familiar.

You know, there is a reason why I try to avoid flying in an Airbus. Where are those made?

I had the same failure last summer while on my annual Alps tour.

My thread...
Forum: Airheads 02-14-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,201
Posted By Global Rider
Valeo finally figured it out, I guess. :rolleyes ...

Valeo finally figured it out, I guess. :rolleyes

I rebuilt my Valeo starter way back in the early 1990s when nobody had the chance or bothered to yet. And a motor housing wasn't available...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-31-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 496
Views: 77,970
Posted By Global Rider
One that is waterproof. If you hooking up...

One that is waterproof.

If you hooking up directly to the battery for an always-on condition, then it has to be a voltmeter that draws very little current. Those are usually a voltmeter with an...
Forum: The Garage 01-25-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
Well it is temperature dependent. Charge...

Well it is temperature dependent.

Charge voltages are normally quoted at standard temperature (for a battery) and then adjusted for temperature.

Most voltage regulators have a mV per degree C...
Forum: The Garage 01-25-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
Fixed that for you.

Fixed that for you.
Forum: The Garage 01-22-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 3,990
Views: 504,602
Posted By Global Rider
JLT Welders

Is anyone familiar with JLT Welders and if so, who sells them in the US and/or Canada?
Forum: The Garage 01-21-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
Just as the higher amp Xantrex chargers don't, I...

Just as the higher amp Xantrex chargers don't, I don't believe the 10A model does. You could download the Owner's Guide (http://www.xantrex.com/power-products/battery-chargers/truecharge-2.aspx) and...
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
Which is why in post #1023 I stated "I really do...

Which is why in post #1023 I stated "I really do not worry about that situation".

As others have just mentioned, its seems quite a few are having issues with these batteries. Now if you are going...
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
I am going to assume your "marine deep cycle"...

I am going to assume your "marine deep cycle" battery is a VRLA GEL cell, in which case that charging voltage end point is acceptable and so is the float voltage. It depends on the battery...
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
AGM battery strong points that are always touted...

AGM battery strong points that are always touted are 1) high CCA and 2) very low self-discharge.

1) the CCA in a standard battery is just fine or it would have never started when the bike was...
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
Here it is, the MadgeTech V101A; available in 3...

Here it is, the MadgeTech V101A; available in 3 voltage ranges. These are the size of a small matchbox....
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
Cy, the only BS is trying to make people believe...

Cy, the only BS is trying to make people believe that a Li-Ion battery will solve their battery issues when their short lived battery is due to other reasons that I am more than open to discuss.
...
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
A technology that will likely be the choice in...

A technology that will likely be the choice in batteries in the future when some issues are sorted out. You cannot beat the energy density of lithium ion batteries, but as we tested some in defense,...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
I just retired from the government where I worked...

I just retired from the government where I worked in the defense labs there.

Quite a lot of my work involved battery failure testing, testing battery chargers for purchase and testing vehicle...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
They're not. The voltage would be higher. Those...

They're not. The voltage would be higher. Those are standard charging voltages.

Besides, it is a new battery that was just taken out of my GS a month ago and is fine.



Same here with my CTEK...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By Global Rider
As a get home solution, but he should be seeing...

As a get home solution, but he should be seeing 14.2 to 14.4V at the battery at 2000+ RPM.
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
My "manual" and old "automatic" charger does not...

My "manual" and old "automatic" charger does not charge at a fixed current rate either.

The current charge rate is a function of the differences in voltages. I measured the charge rate on a data...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
That is why he didn't some pages back and agreed....

That is why he didn't some pages back and agreed.

There is way too much hype about these new batteries simply to drum up sales. Its like all those people camping out overnight outside a computer...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
The following graph is the charging voltage curve...

The following graph is the charging voltage curve for an Optimate charger that I also have.

The battery was partially discharged prior to commencing charging.

Note how the voltage reaches about...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By Global Rider
Did you measure the charging voltage while the...

Did you measure the charging voltage while the motorcycle was running. That is the first thing I check when I have starting issues. I installed a voltmeter on my motorcycles and cars for that reason.
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By Global Rider
Battery Chargers

The use of "intelligent" or "smart" chargers are very popular buzz words used by the charger industry. A few times that I've asked for detailed specs, I was given nothing but vague info...most likely...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
But why would I go through 2000+ cycles? I'm not...

But why would I go through 2000+ cycles? I'm not operating my motorcycle in silent watch mode on the battlefield.

A simple start takes zilch Ah of capacity; one second worth.
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-19-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 496
Views: 77,970
Posted By Global Rider
Very true and due to owner neglect or a faulty...

Very true and due to owner neglect or a faulty charging system...certainly not the battery type or I would not be getting 15+ years out of my plain old low-tech flooded lead acid batteries. :wink:
...
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
One year? That is a long term test? Let me...

One year? That is a long term test?

Let me know in 10 years how it is doing because I'm used to getting 15+ years out of my low-tech batteries.
Forum: GS Boxers 01-18-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,770
Posted By Global Rider
Valeo Starter Failure - Another Cause of Failure

Background...
For a few days, I had noticed a difference in starting ability, referring to the sound the starter made during starts even though they were of normal duration...say the usual one...
Forum: Equipment 10-06-2013, 05:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By Global Rider
I checked their site and they don't offer a...

I checked their site and they don't offer a battery status monitor...just chargers.
Forum: Equipment 10-05-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By Global Rider
YUASA Battery Analyzer - NLA - looking for replacements

Unfortunately, YUASA confirmed in an e-mail that they no longer carry their Battery Analyzer which was a steal at under $11.

Some of you may be familiar with them......
Forum: The Garage 10-02-2013, 06:32 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
You are a vendor with an interest....

You are a vendor with an interest. Understandable.

FYI, on another forum, a vendor was pushing the last charger you'll ever need. Fancy colors, gold plated connectors LOL, and a load test feature....
Forum: The Garage 10-02-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
If you are seeing 13.1V or whatever (lower than...

If you are seeing 13.1V or whatever (lower than 14V), you have a charging system issue or you are drawing far more current than the alternator is capable of supplying. Have a look at an alternator...
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2013, 08:23 PM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
We're talking charging systems, not state of...

We're talking charging systems, not state of charge. Read the text in that table.

Check the labels or instructions that come with these gimmicks.

As for the rest, I work with batteries, battery...
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
That is exactly how they are being marketed...as...

That is exactly how they are being marketed...as a charging system monitor.

If my charging system is up to spec, and mine is which is why I get 15 years and still going out of my FLA battery...
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
Cy, in both cases, not even close. How is a...

Cy, in both cases, not even close.

How is a 13.0V or 15.0V green indication a good sign?

For someone who knows batteries, you know that in the first case the battery will be grossly...
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2013, 10:39 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 189,174
Posted By Global Rider
I didn't. I only listed voltages for a LED...

I didn't. I only listed voltages for a LED indicator if I did buy or use one.

I use a LCD digital voltmeter on my vehicles.
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