Battery Chargers?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Hamr Mark, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. Hamr Mark

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    So I put my bike away for the winter and am looking at getting a charger for the battery, however, what kind do I need. Somebody had mentioned a trickle charger ??? The shop where I bought my bike said they sell what I need, but I forgot to get a price, and specifics. Someone else mentioned this one...

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524443210745&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396672454&bmUID=1165352511215



    So, should I bite the bullet and buy from the stealership, or ???

    Help, ideas, advice greatly appreciated.
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  2. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch Ciao

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  3. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Have to make sure you get the right # of amps to charge the bike, I think 1 amp is the recommendation - not the same as an auto battery. dedicated bike/atv battery charger should automatically detect charge level and slow to a trickle to maintain once up to 98% juice (approx).

    I have a Battery Tender Plus. Think it was $40. Best thing about it is the two sets of leads - I leave the leads on the battery all season, so I can charge it up at least once a month. Alternative is normal jumper-cable style.
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  4. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I thought only the SK folks were ga-ga for Cdn Tire. Still haven't figured out how to get out of there for less than $100.
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  5. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch Ciao

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    It's a Canadian thing....:jack
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  6. Hamr Mark

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    Hell, I bought a quality (for Cdn Tire anyways) BBQ, with all the accessories using my Cdn Tire money. I was there forever counting out .05 & .10 bills hahaha.

    FYI: my bike is a Kawi Versys with a 12v10ah battery, and is a sealed type. Kawi recommends the Optimate III / Yuasa 1.5 amp auto charger / Battery mate 150.9 The manual says "...the charging rate for a 10 Ah battery would be 1.0 ampere"
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  7. ZZR_Ron

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    Canadian Tire had a little charger on sale last week, I think it only about 8 bucks.

    Now post a picture of that Versys, I've never seen one! (I didn't even think they sold them in Canada yet)

    The charging rate for any battery should be 1/10th of its ampere-hour rating as a rule of thumb. If you already have a battery charger, put an 1156 light bulb in series with it, and it'll work just fine.
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  8. Hamr Mark

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    Here she is...

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  9. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch Ciao

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    WOW!! Nice bike. When did they start selling them in Canada?
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  10. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    I have a battery tender,with the sae 2 pin connector.It has the spring loaded jaw clamps that attatch to the 2 pin.I just unplug the lead to the jaw clamps and the connector hooks right up to my lead for the hardwire from the bike,GPS heated vest etc.Very easy to move from one bike to the next and keep them all maintained.
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  11. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    nice bike,seems like its got some ground clearance.Exhaust doesnt hang way down.....
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  12. ZZR_Ron

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    Ohhhhhh! "scuse me while I find some kleenex....
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  13. Hamr Mark

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    They started selling around Nov I guess. I picked this up Nov 10. for $8750. Kawi Canada doesn't even have them listed yet. Was able to get about 850kms before I put it away. sigh, now only 5 months to ride again. Planning on doing a tour at the end of June out to Nova Scotia with some guys from work, if we are all able to get the time off that is. But from what I have ridden so far, this is a GREAT bike!

    If you search this site for VERSYS, you will find some more pics from me.

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    Ohhhhhh! "scuse me while I find some kleenex....
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  15. friar mike

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    get a roll of paper towel's thay last longer.:lol3 what's the cc's on this ride?
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  16. Hektoglider

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    I am sure its a 650
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  17. Hamr Mark

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    I was about to say ZZR is making quite the mess...

    399 lbs dry / 7.09" clearance / 6 spd / 19 L fuel / 650 DOHC / 4-valve / 2-cylinder / 4-stroke / liquid cooled fuel injected beast of a machine.
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  18. Steve G.

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    Make sure that the charger's full charge rate is not more than 10% the batteries rated amperage. For example, a battery rated at 12 amps cranking, should recieve no more than 1.2 charge amps. As well, it is very important to get a charger that turns full off when the battery is up to full charge [around 12.8 volts], yet monitors the battery and starts charge if needed.
    I own a Deltron Battery Tender 2, the first unit to do the tasks above. There are other copiers, like Yuasa, and MotoMaster [Canuck Tire], but the Tender is still the best unit.
    Ciao, Steve
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  19. Grainbelt

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  20. Hamr Mark

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    Headed out to the dealer today and picked up the Yuasa charger for $40. Thanks for the help all.
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