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Hooking up trickle charger.

What is the best way to hook up a trickle charger to the LT.
Can I use the power plug ( ie: for heated clothing )

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Re: Hooking up trickle charger.

The power plug is most convenient..... do not think you get a better charge by going directly to battery. It does matter if you plug into wall socket or bike first... can not remember which one come first. I believe it is wall socket first than the bike. If that is wrong try the opposite. Charger needs to recognize the battery.

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Re: Hooking up trickle charger.

Power plug is fine. I don't think it matters which end is connected first. The modern chargers/conditioners figure out what they need to do once the circuit is completed. One little peculiarity I discovered is that the bike wouldn't always unlock with the remote when the charger was connected. Pulling the plug solved the problem.
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Re: Hooking up trickle charger.

Power plug is fine for the LT. Just don't do it with a Canbus bike.

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Re: Hooking up trickle charger.

Yes, most folks use the power outlet.
NOTE that on my LT (maybe all of 'em?) the front outlet is the one to use.
The passenger outlet is switched by the ignition key and isn't continuous to the battery when the key is off.
So use the front one.....
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Re: Hooking up trickle charger.

I have a seperate Gerbings connector that comes up in front of the seat, I made a cable up for the battery tender that plugs into that. It has its own fuse in line with it.

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Re: Hooking up trickle charger.

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It does matter if you plug into wall socket or bike first... can not remember which one come first. I believe it is wall socket first than the bike. If that is wrong try the opposite. Charger needs to recognize the battery.
YOU MUST always unplug the charger before you do any hooking or unhooking. Better for the bike and more importantly, MUCH BETTER for the charger.

This is a well-researched subject for me.

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Re: Hooking up trickle charger.

I use the direct to battery pigtail that came with my Batterytender. Feeds out under the left side of the seat near the grab handle with no problems. No guessing if it makes a good connection or is the right plug.

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