Battery tender on 6V :( do I need a new battery?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by OakLeaf, Apr 14, 2013.

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Is the battery toast

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. OakLeaf

    OakLeaf n00b

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    I just put the battery back in my bike and got almost no life from it. I came back to my apt, looked at the tender and saw that it was set to 6V (vs 12V).:shog

    So, adv hive mind, do we think the battery is toast, or do we think I should put it back on the tender (now set properly)?

    Thanks!
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  2. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    switch to 12 volts and charge it again.
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  3. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    I voted no..... but it will only be no (edit... I meant... no maybe (sorry dropped a word or 2)), the charger will not hurt the battery.

    it still may be toast (but for a different reason)
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  4. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I think you'll be fine. BUT if you are using a tender may not charge a dead battery. Or if it does may take a very long time, most of them tenders are only good for 0.75A or so.

    What kind of battery and what kind of tender???
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  5. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    The good news is that your battery wil not be damaged by charging at 6V (charging a 6V battery at 12V is a different story), but as mentioned you will probably need a bigger charger than a tender.
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  6. TDM Rider

    TDM Rider Been here awhile

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    Been there and done that. Just re-charge on 12V and your battery should be fine. At least mine was.
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  7. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    Applying 6v to a 12v battery will not damage the battery. Long term storage in this manner can still allow the 12v battery to eventually fully discharge and kill it.
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