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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2018, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a good motorcycle battery charger

I am looking for any feedback on a good quality battery charger for my wing. Something that will not only jump start the bike but will also act as a charger. I ran down my battery by leaving the key on and my battery tender will not bring the battery back. Hoping I didn't kill it completely.

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It's not a booster, but I have great faith in the Optimate III from Honda dealers. Also Amazon and other online sellers. Made by TecMate and Honda has them rebranded. I have two of them since I misplaced one...best way to find something is to replace it.




https://tecmate.com/products/optimate3/
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I have a Schumacher 2/10/50amp charger-starter. I use it on everything. I use the 2 amp setting for charging new motorcycle batteries and for bringing back ones like you have when the key is left on. I have used the 10 amp setting for a quick charge when I needed to go somewhere and found that I left the key on, but not as a jump starter. The 50 amp jump start is only used on car batteries. Way to much for small motorcycle batteries.

The 2 amp setting is best for these batteries as they like a slow long charge to get them going. After I bring it back to life, it goes on the Battery tender to maintain it.

This charger is almost 30 years old. With new technology out there, they should only be better.
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I also have a I have a Schumacher 2/10/50amp and I have a battery tender power plus 3amp charger / maintainer
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DelTran's Battery Tender line is the best battery charger/maintainer in my book. I have a half-dozen of the Battery Tender Jr's. plugged into everything in the garage.

But, they're not a booster. That's a separate function in my opinion. I use a Stanley battery pack now, since my HF one died. I do have a Craftsman 2/10/50 charger/starter unit, but I don't use it for that because the duty cycle is so low.
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You really don't want to use a high amp charger/booster on a motorcycle battery. If the battery is completely dead, it may the the Battery Tender more than two days to charge it.
You don't say how old the battery is. It is possible that the battery is toast.
Here's a link to Yuasa battery charging procedure. Look at page 13.

https://www.yuasabatteries.com/wp-co...ual.x78244.pdf

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I am looking for any feedback on a good quality battery charger for my wing. Something that will not only jump start the bike but will also act as a charger. I ran down my battery by leaving the key on and my battery tender will not bring the battery back. Hoping I didn't kill it completely.
A battery tender is not designed to fully charge a battery. It even states that on the packaging. It is a maintainer.
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The Optimate and some of the others mentioned will "refresh" a down battery even if they're almost finished. Takes about 3 days but it does the job.

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I have had good luck with Battery Minder products. I have a couple of the wall wart maintainer models, and a larger charger that charges at 2, 4, or 8 amps.
I also have a Noco 4 bank charger mounted on my garage wall that seems to be working quite well. I've had good luck with other, larger Noco chargers for my diesel Toyota Land Cruisers.

I've used a Noco jump pack to start some cars and trucks with pretty flat batteries, so far so good there as well.
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