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Ajmboy

ATV Battery Trickle Charger

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I've been using a solar I got from JC Whitney 25 years ago. It's only 200ma but works fine as long as the battery is in good shape and has a full charge when stored. 

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I forgot to mention that I can't get it to charge through the accessory plug like I wanted with this black+decker, that's what sole me on it...lol. I have to test the plug. I had to use the alligator clips, but works good.

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6 hours ago, Ajmboy said:

I forgot to mention that I can't get it to charge through the accessory plug like I wanted with this black+decker, that's what sole me on it...lol. I have to test the plug. I had to use the alligator clips, but works good.

Probably the accessory plug only has power with the ignition key on. Arctic Cats have a 2 pin connector under the rear fender that has power on all the time for attaching accessories. Its perfect for attaching the battery tender. Perhaps your machine has the same connector?

 

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I  plumbed in two  accessory  sockets on my old Honda . .One  on the front and one  on the  back.  I used the  marine ones  with caps tp  keep  crud out when the sockets are not in use.

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7 hours ago, mikeexplorer said:

Probably the accessory plug only has power with the ignition key on. Arctic Cats have a 2 pin connector under the rear fender that has power on all the time for attaching accessories. Its perfect for attaching the battery tender. Perhaps your machine has the same connector?

 

Probably, need to check. Never thought of that.

2 hours ago, davefrombc said:

I  plumbed in two  accessory  sockets on my old Honda . .One  on the front and one  on the  back.  I used the  marine ones  with caps tp  keep  crud out when the sockets are not in use.

Nice idea!

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I have used the ones from Harbor Freight for years on my mowers and they do a perfect job for $9.99 before any coupons...

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yup hold out for the 4.99 coupons from harbor freight and buy a mess of them, simple construction  and funtional

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I am a big fan of the battery tender brand, the are reasonably priced, seem to be resistant to weather, and last forever. I have the smaller ones for my ATV's and lager units for the truck, and marine battery's.  I've had some cheaper ones but the magic smoke leaks out and they never work again. 

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Viking 63350 4 Amp Fully Automatic Microprocessor Controlled Battery Charger/Maintainer

These are a little pricey but I like what I have read about charging AGM batteries. This one has the adapters so I can screw on terminals of ATV and leave on and plug in w/o taking seat off every time to maintain charge. Look for the coupon for 25 % off it will help.

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On 4/25/2019 at 12:18 PM, Gilbey said:

Viking 63350 4 Amp Fully Automatic Microprocessor Controlled Battery Charger/Maintainer

These are a little pricey but I like what I have read about charging AGM batteries. This one has the adapters so I can screw on terminals of ATV and leave on and plug in w/o taking seat off every time to maintain charge. Look for the coupon for 25 % off it will help.

 

I purchased this one and it seems to work better then what I had for maintaining the battery on the Jumping Jack trailer. I also found that this charger will work off the inverter that is built into my Tahoe. This gives me a means to charge the battery on the trailer if I run it down. My old charger would not work off the inverter.

 

Mike

 

 

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I have a cable hooked permanently to the battery terminals and ran out the back of the bike to a trickle charge plugin- so when I'm done for the weekend I can just plug it right into the wall. Is this a pretty common thing? Is it safe to do this? I ask because I recently found my battery emptied of fluid and a nice puddle of acid on the shop floor. -_- I think it was an old battery, but I don't want to break another one.

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Some of the maintainers come with that connector so you have a quick way to attach the charger. No harm in attaching it. The only way it could have damaged the battery is if it overcharged it for a long time. (as in the charger is defective) you can check that by measuring the voltage on the battery with the charger attached. It should not exceed 14.5 volts.

For a charger to "boil" out your battery, you would see over 17 volts.

Mike

 

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9 hours ago, Salty Sea said:

Sounds like I need to get one of these.  If I don't start my Yamaha every week or so it will go dead...

I would check the battery to make sure it is good, should last longer then a week without running it. You could also have a parasitic draw on the battery.

 

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