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Old 09-18-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Charging with no ac outlet???

So I have to figure out how to trickle charge my bike over the winter now I am living in a condo. There are no electrical outlets anywhere in my underground parking garage. One person mentioned a solar charger, but my research indicates the light from flourescents won't be enough to charge anything.

Is there a battery pack I can charge in my condo then plug my trickle charger into in the garage??? Or is my only alternative to disconnect the battery, or pull a fuse for the winter. My commute is less than 10 kms so I have just had to replace my battery, for an Oddysey, thanks to running it flat by not riding far enough..... I would like to occasionally trickle charge the bike through out the year too.

Yes I could ride further to charge the battery, but when you live downtown, I could ride for two hours and never leave the city(one hour out, one hour back)....kinda sucks!!!!
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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Your best bet might be to disconnect and pull the battery to move it to a place where can put a maintainer on it for the winter.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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If you're going to ride it to work over the winter, setup a place to charge it there?

If not, pull the battery and charge it in your condo.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:27 AM   #4
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something like this:



Maybe there's a way to tap into fluorescent tube types as well.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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I park on the street for work, free parking for motorcycles, so no outlets downtown in the Financial District, so no opportunity while working to charge it. All the lighting in the underground is cage enclosed flourescents, so no way to add an outlet to the light fixture.

Pulling the battery requires lifting the gas tank every time so not really a feasible option to be doing all the time as the fuel hoses get yanked around. My charger is also the BMW plug into the DIN port(?) accesory socket on the bike type.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #6
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buy a second battery and one battery tender like device

one battery in the bike

one in the apt, charging

rotate as desired
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:34 AM   #7
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i use Odyssey's on 4 different pwc's and they also have directions on how to bring one back from a total discharge AKA flat

disconnecting would be fine ( may not even be necessary if there is no parasitic load ) or starting it every once in a while would be good for the bike and battery
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:42 AM   #8
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What about plugging your battery charger into a portable battery pack - the kind that you charge and use for boosting car batteries, these usually have a 120 volt outlet on them. Not sure how long it would last with the battery charger plugged into it though
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What about plugging your battery charger into a portable battery pack - the kind that you charge and use for boosting car batteries, these usually have a 120 volt outlet on them. Not sure how long it would last with the battery charger plugged into it though
That is what I am trying to find info on. If anyone has any experience using one to power a charger:


Something like this. Any advice on Power, amps, volts.....etc for an electrical dimwit????
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:17 PM   #10
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What about plugging your battery charger into a portable battery pack - the kind that you charge and use for boosting car batteries, these usually have a 120 volt outlet on them. Not sure how long it would last with the battery charger plugged into it though
Why using a charger if you can simply plug the pack on the bike's battery?!
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #11
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Why using a charger if you can simply plug the pack on the bike's battery?!
He is looking to keep the battery at full charge through a battery tender - not to boost a dead battery
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #12
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He is looking to keep the battery at full charge through a battery tender - not to boost a dead battery
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:34 PM   #13
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The way I see it, you have 2 choices.

Pull your battery and take it into your apartment to charge

Or warm your bike up for a few minutes before you ride, and ride more regularly/further

Done
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:42 AM   #14
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Plug the battery/booster pack (of greater capacity) onto the bike's battery (smaller capacity) each night, charge the battery/booster pack every week (more or less, do your own testing). Sometimes these packs even have a button for slow charging.

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Using a 120v AC charger plugged into a 12v DC booster pack through a 12vDC/120vAC converter to output 12v DC to a 12v DC bike battery sounds conter-productive to me.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:58 AM   #15
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Is it a problem with ongoing drain or was it just the one battery that toasted? I ask because my DRZ would suck a battery in month.
DRZs are notorious for this. They have a constant drain due to the electronic dashboard, but a relatively small battery like a dirt bike. There is a conversion to fit a larger street bike sized battery but that limits the rear tire width you can run as the larger battery extends back more into the rear fender area and can be struck by an aftermarket tire at full suspension travel.

I think what OP is saying is he'd rather use his charger port which is a low amperage line, since to reach the battery itself is quite an operation on that bike. If that is the case it would be reasonable for him to be concerned with hooking up the full amperage of the portable power pack to the low amperage line. If in fact his battery was low, there could be quite an initial surge.
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