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  • What’s Your Favorite Battery Maintainer

    I’m in the market for the above listed item, what is everyone’s favorite make/model and why?

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    2012 Road Star Silverado S

  • #2
    Harbor freight float chargers are about $6. I use them on everything I have that is seasonal equipment with a battery. I have never had a fail. They are a maintainer not a charger meaning the battery needs to be charged when you hook it up and it will maintain that charge.

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    • #3
      Because it was on sale and I needed one. Has worked great for many years.

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      • #4
        What Davej said.

        What ever you get just be sure it has a ‘float’ feature. Trickle chargers, tho they have a low output current, will not regulate the current and cook a battery if left on too long.

        The float setting will sent just enough to the battery to keep it @ peak charge and once reached, stop charging.

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        • D-Fresh
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          Good to know about the float feature.

      • #5
        I picked up a small viking charger from HF but haven't tried it yet. It says it has a maintenance mode on it that can be left on during the winter. I guess we will see ............
        not all those who wander are lost......

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        • D-Fresh
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          I didn’t even think about HF, thanks

      • #6
        Battery tender have one on the Indian my riding mower and the new battery for the R*

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        • #7
          I have a simple Battery Tender [Automatic] that I got from the PO of my first R*. It's a trickle charger, so nothing fancy, but it gets the job done and does have an automatic Float setting. You can find them for around $35.

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          • 129drifter
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            Ive had the same one as Doc_V for 2 or 3 years now. When there is a possibility of riding I will plug it up a day or so ahead of time. Otherwise it stays in the shed out back on top of a couple of boxes. I only have positive things to say about this one. It does the job very well.

          • Zman
            Zman commented
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            Bought one of those chargers back in ‘09. Parked the bike and headed back to my job overseas. 2 years later I hoped on my R and she fired right up! I have one for my mower as well.

        • #8
          I used the Harbor Freight Model for a couple years without much problem. I switched to the Battery Tender brand like mentioned above for the simple accessories available with or for it. The most handy for me is the USB adapter to stick a phone charger in going down the road. I ran a cheap USB cable up the backbone to the handle bars where my phone mount is. I like having the pigtail always mounted on the battery where you just have to plug into it. Can switch from charger to USB with a quick replug under the seat. Even was able to jump Phil's bike at a M&G with the plug in jumper cables that fit easily in a sandwich bag. fwiw


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          • #9
            The Battery Companion has worked well for me. Click image for larger version

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            • D-Fresh
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              I’ll check out what Schumacher has to offer, thanks

          • #10
            +1 on the Battery Tender. Have had the same one 10+ years.




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            • #11
              I have two Scumachers - this one's my latest. It'll charge @ 3A, or float maintain. I use them on the motorcycles as well as the motor home. Installing pigtails on all your vehicles is the way to go..

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              • D-Fresh
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                That looks nice, I like that it’s 6 volt also since I just got a project bike that is 6v

            • #12
              Like another one or two said... The incredibly low-cost Harbor Freight Tools floating chargers, for like $6, work just fine... been using 3 or more at a time for years, over the winter on my R*s. I give them as gifts to friends!

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              • #13
                I use a 30.00 battery tender and a 6.00 harbor freight one. The 30.00 one is of sturdier construction, but the 6.00 one does the same job.

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                • #14
                  If I had known about the Harbor Freight one before I spent $30 on my Battery Tender, I would have bought two of them.



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                  • #15
                    I have this one from amazon---less than $25

                    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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                    • #16
                      Battery Tender for 10 years works great.

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                      • #17
                        My Batttery Tender Plus is 20 years old and does a fine job. I also have the Shumacher unit from Wal-Mart that works well. It's only about 5 years old. Both are "float" style maintainers and never give me any cause to not trust them.


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                        • D-Fresh
                          D-Fresh commented
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                          That’s amazing you’ve gotten 20 yrs of service out of the charger, it seems it’s rare nowadays. Cheers

                      • #18
                        Thanks everyone for their comments! Since I happened to be at HF today and this seemed like best bang for the buck I got this, time will tell if it’s any good or not. 6 & 12 volt, AGM, Gel, standard, regular and maintenance charge, LCD read out. It says car charger but it comes with the “battery tender” type plug to install on your bike battery...
                        2012 Road Star Silverado S

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                        • Greysnake
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                          D-Fresh that should work fine. It has the float mode and the pig tail is great for a quick hook up.

                      • #19
                        Stay away from the NOCO Genius 1100 they only last about a year for forty bucks

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                        • #20
                          I use a Schumacher Automatic Maintainer, 1.5amp with Float Mode. I pull my Bike and Mower batteries and hook them in parallel through the winter. This one has done the job for 5 yrs and keeps on ticking. Wallyworld purchase $13.00

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                          • Ironman
                            Ironman commented
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                            How do you make the parallel connection? I was interested in doing the same after reading your post, so I looked it up. Gotta admit, I would have done the unbalanced charge (Figure 1) without giving it a second thought. I suppose it doesn't matter much with only two batteries, but the balanced method would be just as easy to connect.

                            https://www.impactbattery.com/blog/t...s-in-parallel/

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