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    Battery charger ?

    Hi everyone ,
    My battery charger went out on me a couple of weeks ago , and since my dealer is now 1.5h from my place I'll be buying a new one on Amazon .
    So what are the good deals to be had , best brands and prices . I don't want the cheapest or the most expensive ...
    Thanks in advance for the suggestions and comments .

    #2
    Kind of a loaded question in regards to what is best. Optimate makes a full line of chargers with different features/costs. Their cheap chargers are $40 USD and go up to $240 USD.

    I have a Black and Decker battery tender that I've had for years that cost about $15 USD that is awesome and has outlasted all the others that I have owned. But it is a simple 12v charger at 1.5 amps. The more advanced tenders charge faster, have more features, are suitable for multiple battery types etc. If you are looking for a simple tender...https://www.homedepot.com/p/BLACK-DE...-202710992-_-N

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      #3
      I'm with Joe, not sure that it's a one size fits all option. Like him, I have various chargers. The most recent was a Optimate that was marketed to help revive a sulphated battery. I can't tell for certain if it did as marketed, but it seemed to... unfortunately for me, it has gone missing at my house and I have zero idea where it disappeared to.
      Matt
      Street: 2011 Ducati Multistrada S :: 2000 Honda VFR @ 39k :: 2002 BMW K1200RS @ 13k ... round 3
      Track: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R 750 :: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR
      Dirt: Honda CRF450X
      IBA #25520 - Iron Butting the Blue Ridge Parkway

      If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to ride that thing could do.

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        #4
        I use a Battery Tender Jr. Cheap, effective, what's not to like.

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          #5
          I second Tim.
          The Deltrand Battery tender Jr is a workhorse. Never let me down. I have so many keeping all my wheels and wings charged up. You cannot beat it for its price.
          Chattanooga, TN
          Certified Hooligan.
          2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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            #6
            I too have the deltron battery tender, except mine is the tender plus version, not sure what the difference is, but has worked like a charm since the day I bought it over 7 years ago.

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              #7
              Thanks everybody for the suggestions !
              I have one question about the https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende...69784302&psc=1
              Does it come with the cord connecting it to the battery , and the 12' extension , or do I have to buy it separately as suggested just below the description of the item on the page linked in this reply ?

              Thanks again !

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              • justjoe
                justjoe commented
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                Looks like the package includes several different types of connections.

              • Lee
                Lee commented
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                Yes it comes with a SAE pigtail.

              • Capnrip
                Capnrip commented
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                What Lee said. I have one and it has a plug and regular battery clamps.

              #8
              Martin, if your heated jacket has a coaxial plug you can buy SAE to Coaxial adapters so you can plug into the battery charger pigtail.
              Lee
              Iowa
              2016 R1200RS

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              • Martin_D
                Martin_D commented
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                Lee , that charger is for my R90S . I already have the heated gear , battery charger set-up on my GSA . But thanks for the suggestion .

              #9
              Lee, manufacturers for the heated gear strongly recommended that you DO NOT use the SAE charger pigtail.
              I had this discussion with the Warm and Safe guy. Gerbing is the same. They want you to use the coaxial pigtail that comes with their kit.
              My bikes have both attached to the battery.
              Chattanooga, TN
              Certified Hooligan.
              2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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                #10
                Originally posted by aviator View Post
                Lee, manufacturers for the heated gear strongly recommended that you DO NOT use the SAE charger pigtail.
                I had this discussion with the Warm and Safe guy. Gerbing is the same. They want you to use the coaxial pigtail that comes with their kit.
                My bikes have both attached to the battery.
                Didn't know that. Quess I'm ok, I use the coaxial pigtail connected to the bike battery for my Gerbing.
                For the tire pump and battery charger I use a adapter.

                I wonder why they say SAE is not good for heated gear.
                My Eclipse, BMW and first Gerbing were provided with SAE pigtails.
                Lee
                Iowa
                2016 R1200RS

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                  #11
                  There was a mention about the wires they use to make the charging pigtails. The trickle charger is of very low A. The heating stuff uses 10A or more.
                  Chattanooga, TN
                  Certified Hooligan.
                  2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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                    #12
                    I've got several Battery Tenders and they work well. I rotate them around and
                    don't leave them on all the time. I've heard that putting a timer on for an hour
                    a day is better.
                    If it's an unheated space I'd remove the battery and bring it inside.

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                    • Martin_D
                      Martin_D commented
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                      Makes sense , and I have a timer . And the garage is heated to keep my floors warm in the living room and bedroom ...

                    #13
                    Originally posted by 802Mike View Post
                    I've got several Battery Tenders and they work well. I rotate them around and
                    don't leave them on all the time. I've heard that putting a timer on for an hour
                    a day is better.
                    If it's an unheated space I'd remove the battery and bring it inside.
                    I have charged my airplane with the BT junior outside in winter and it did just fine.
                    Chattanooga, TN
                    Certified Hooligan.
                    2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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                    • Martin_D
                      Martin_D commented
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                      What Mike said in the following post ...

                    #14
                    Originally posted by aviator View Post

                    I have charged my airplane with the BT junior outside in winter and it did just fine.
                    Not in Montreal, Quebec I bet ?

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                      #15
                      Originally posted by Lee View Post

                      Didn't know that. Quess I'm ok, I use the coaxial pigtail connected to the bike battery for my Gerbing.
                      For the tire pump and battery charger I use a adapter.

                      I wonder why they say SAE is not good for heated gear.
                      My Eclipse, BMW and first Gerbing were provided with SAE pigtails.
                      When it comes to heated gear, it's not rocket science.... so long as the wire and connector are rated for the load of the electric garment it would work fine. I'm assuming that the heater gear manufacturers want to "be sure"... or else they just want to sell more stuff.

                      I tend to make my own connectors, that said, not everything available for sale on the internet is equal. Some stuff has pitifully undersized wiring, claims to be 14 awg but looks more like 16 or even 18 sometimes.
                      Matt
                      Street: 2011 Ducati Multistrada S :: 2000 Honda VFR @ 39k :: 2002 BMW K1200RS @ 13k ... round 3
                      Track: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R 750 :: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR
                      Dirt: Honda CRF450X
                      IBA #25520 - Iron Butting the Blue Ridge Parkway

                      If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to ride that thing could do.

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                      • 802Mike
                        802Mike commented
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                        I have fused SAE plug wired directly to the battery for heated gear
                        and air pump because the Canbus won't handle handle them. Also
                        use it when stopped to charge phone and comms. The charger gets
                        plugged into it when the bike is stored or not ridden for long periods.

                        Does the coax cable shield it better, less voltage drop?
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