Solar Battery Tender

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sweetwater, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    I am looking for a reliable, safe, solar option for a "battery tender" I can use with my 2010 Concours. I've used little 5watt panels in the past for deep cycle RV and marine batteries, but I want "Battery Tender" level reliability and confidence. Any thoughts or experience?

    BTW, I've combed the internet and not found any encouraging packages, so I'm guess DIY.
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  2. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Well here is one already put together:

    http://batterytender.com/5-watt-solar-panel.html

    Or if you want to go DIY and already have a solar panel, you can purchase a float charger with the wall wart and just replace that with your panel and save about $65 from the above item:

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  4. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    Well, I feel stupid. My work firewall didn't allow battery tender to display or I would have seen this. Looks like a good prepacked set with panel and controller...
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  6. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    That's another quality option. I just need to figure out how much distance I need to cover in this outbuilding while my garage is filled up with junk...what a hassle, but being able to keep two bikes on tenders will make me happy.
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  7. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    Quick follow up:

    Deltran 15amp Solar Battery Tender, one for each bike, working very well in my storage area. I would recommend this product to friends.
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    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Sweetwater , how long of a wire run did you have to go ? The reason I ask is i have been maintaining my van battery for maybe 10 years with a 1.5 watt solar battery charger . Starts every time (even in the cloudy , dark northwest) , so I am thinking you have a crapload of extra power there .
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  9. sweetwater

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    You're spot on that I've got gobs of extra! The side story is that I'm using the extra to power my radio station too! Direct answer though, is that I'm running 31' of total wire...

    Keeps bikes happy and runs 1 gallon Yaesu "all channels" and a 50 watt 2m/440 Yaesu base station.
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