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post #1 of 7 Old May 30th, 2010, 8:43 pm Thread Starter
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New battery failures?

Growing older, I get forgetful, and only vaguely remember an incident of a new battery being bad.

So as I said on an earlier thread, a new Westco was installed and when I fired up the bike,immediately after installation, everything seemed fine.

But then I had a medical ussue that kept me off the bike for eight weeks. I thought a new battery would survive that gap but when I went out to do some pre-ride checks on Friday, the battery was dead.

So I put the charger on the bike (a Schumacker 1562) it initially showed the orange light for "charging" but then after about five hours, showed the red "You've got problems, buddy!" light.

Pulled the battery, put a voltmeter on it: 5 volts. Tried three different chargers--no joy.

"John" on my earlier thread said that sometimes new batteries go bad; have others had that singular experience?

(And I am arrgravated because in five weeks I'm supposed to do a major ride in Canada and I needed to do a bunch of services that require me to be able to move the bike; now I'll have to wait for a new battery that sets me back.)

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post #2 of 7 Old May 30th, 2010, 9:09 pm
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Re: New battery failures?

Larry, Alan Stuber over in Austin turned me on to this battery nearly 3 years ago and it's still going strong. I see where the BatteriesASAP office is closed tomorrow, butt I betcha you can get 'em to overnight one on Tuesday. Good luck.
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Re: New battery failures?

It's probably too late for your battery, but David Hough has a good article on battery care and chargers in the June issue of the MOA mag. In short, he recommends hooking your ride up to one of the new smart chargers whenever the bike is parked.

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Re: New battery failures?

When I bought my LT in '02, I stored it in my heated garage for about 8 weeks that Winter, without riding it. That was also before I knew what a battery-sucking pig the LT was/is. The Spring of '03 came around and I couldn't revive that battery for nothin'. Fortunately, my dealer replaced the battery under warranty. After that, I was religious about keeping that bike on a Battery Tender. Never had an issue after that.

Yours sounds like it has suffered the same fate. Live and learn, I guess. Sorry to hear about the medical issue ... I hope you're passed that.
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Re: New battery failures?

These (and most 12 v) batteries are severely damaged if you let them drop down below 10 volts. The LT is known for some parasitic drain and daily riders are OK but periods of six or more weeks are asking for trouble without a trickle charger to replace that drain. I never used one until I bought my second bike. Now both are on one when ever I am not riding them.

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Re: New battery failures?

Just thought I'd close out this thread.

Battery proved bad last Friday; no one was open until Tuesday.

Called Beemerboneyard (from whom I had purchased the battery) on Tuesday when their customer service line opened and talked to Mike, who after a few questions to establish the problem, took the battery ID number and contacted Westco for replacement under warranty.

They--Beemerboneyard and Westco--worked quickly: the replacement battery arrived this afternoon (Friday), so I can do all that I need to do on the bike through the weekend.

Great service from both!

(But my June issue of ON didn't come until yesterday with its article on batteries, a week too late for me!)

Thanks to all who responded

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Re: New battery failures?

Hi John,
I read the same article. He used ACI 12 Volts, 7 Amp Constant Current charger as one of the smart chargers in his study. ACI smart chargers are recommended for Odyssey batteries. But in my opinion PC680 can also use the ACI 3AMP model since 7AMP model looks like an overkill. (heavier and pricier)

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It's probably too late for your battery, but David Hough has a good article on battery care and chargers in the June issue of the MOA mag. In short, he recommends hooking your ride up to one of the new smart chargers whenever the bike is parked.

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