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Battery tender

Quick question:
Is it alright to start a bike while it attached to battery tender or it will hurt the battery or tender?
It's a basic tender from Walmart 20 bucks or so.

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I don't know about the cheap ones but the better ones can be done like that.


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I wish I could remember where I read starting the bike while connected to a battery tender could do harm.

I have the "Battery Tender" from Walmart, $65. I unplug it before I put the key in.
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Not sure Ralph, but I always air on the side of caution and unplug mine before I do . Not really a "take a chance" type of fella. At least when it comes to mechanical devices.
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I have started mine on a Battery Tender Junior several times with no ill effects. I don't see how it could be any harder on the tender than plugging it into a dead battery.

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have no idea, never used one of those before😂

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When in doubt, pull the plug out. Not always necessary, but never a mistake.

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Do not start the bike it with the tender plugged in! In the Deltran Battery Tender instructions it states to unplug it before starting. You are sending higher amps into the tender. They are not designed for this. Yes, it will work a few times, but you are just doing damage that can shorten the life of the tender.
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Thank you everyone who chimed in. In the past I have started the bike with the tender plugged in, not too often but a few times by mistake. Now, since I'm going for a surgery I will out of riding for a couple or more months and don't want to bike to get neglected. So, I'm putting it on the tender and hoping for the best. The battery is still the original from 2012.

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I suspect it is protected with an internal Isolation Diode.

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