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post #1 of 4 Old Feb 4th, 2009, 9:06 am Thread Starter
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Charging on a timer ?

Going to be away for 3 months this summer on the LT.
I thought I'd connect the charger to my RTP through a timer so it got charged once a week. (BMW battery, BMW caharger).......
However after running the system one night, I had an electrical anomally in the morning on the bike......so..........
Anyone ever do this ?
Any problem with the charger connected and off ?

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Re: Charging on a timer ?

if you get a battery tender/ battery tender jr/ yuasa charger, they all have smart technology that won't over-charge (in other words, they will condition the battery, keep it charged, but not over-charge the battery--you can leave the charger on for literally months, or theoretically years at a time with no harm).

If you were to set it on a timer, assuming you mean "on one day a week" as opposed to "on for a couple hours a day," all you'd be doing is letting the battery drain (although just a TINY bit) between re-conditioning/re-charging.

Get one of the above, plug it in, forget it--lots of people do that for 4-5 months over the winter if they live in northern climates anyway. Once the battery is fully charged, it's probably half a penny a day if that to keep the thing running.
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Re: Charging on a timer ?

Being doing it for years now, one hour every 24.

Is the RT a new one with CanBus ?.
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2004 Rtp................

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