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post #1 of 8 Old Jan 10th, 2007, 11:19 am Thread Starter
 
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Battery Tender Question

Should I leave leave it on the Battery Tender all the time?

I have been charging for 24 hours every several weeks, but I'm not sure that is the way to go? I have a Gel Battery. Any advice welcome...
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post #2 of 8 Old Jan 10th, 2007, 11:23 am
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Do you have the tender that's built for Gel batteries? If so, I'd say that there's no problem with leaving it on all the time.

DISCLAMER: I'm not an expert!

If you don't have the one that's built for Gel, then you could be doing damage when it tries to switch over to trickle mode...

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Do you have the tender that's built for Gel batteries? If so, I'd say that there's no problem with leaving it on all the time.

DISCLAMER: I'm not an expert!

If you don't have the one that's built for Gel, then you could be doing damage when it tries to switch over to trickle mode...
If It is a Battery Tender Plus Keep it hooked up when ever your not using the bike. I'v been using then for years with no problem.
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Just make sure it says for "Programed for Gel Batterys" the Del Tran guys said this is the same charger they make for BMW.

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I have been using a trickle charger that says it is for "all types of lead acid batteries". Is this damaging my gel battery?
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I'm not sure exactly what the difference is but the gel battery model is #021-0156.

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I have a Battery Tender that's so old I don't remember when I bought it. Several years ago I found a deal on Battery Tender Jr. that was too good to pass up, so I bought two of 'em. Point is, none of 'em are "gel rated". Doesn't seem to make a difference. I keep one bike on each anytime the bike is in the garage. Just anecdotal data, but the first Odyssey battery I ever bought, over 5 years ago for my Harley, was replaced last month. I actually prefer the Battery Tender Jr. because they take up less space & have longer cords. Makes reachin' the bikes easy.

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According to this link, you have the potential of damaging your gel battery. I do not believe it is a year issue as the LT in the post is a 2005 model with a gel battery and he used a lead acid charger. JM2CW

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