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hmm, I can't be sure from the product description in the link, This charger looks like the kind that you can't leave connected to the battery...
 

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hmm, I can't be sure from the product description in the link, This charger looks like the kind that you can't leave connected to the battery...
= "Manual"

Awesome for someone who's financially bankrupt. Thankfully I'm only morally bankrupt so can afford to go auto and save my time. I went for the Cliplight that several people posted good things about:
http://cliplight.com/oem/products.php?pageID=Product_Details&productID=44&catID=22
$40 from Polar Battery. Plus the website makes cool sounds.
 

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If you throw one of these guys on a timer, would say, 10 minutes a day be fine?
 

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Happy Camper
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What is "reverse hook up protection"?

Does that mean when I clip the black and red ends to the wrong side of my battery, it won't fry my battery?
That's the idea. The charger detects the correct polarity has been hooked up before kicking in a charge.

...and yes, you could theoretically hook up a light timer (make sure it's a 3-pronged, grounded one) and run it for 15 mins every day or something.

Search for some post from TeeTee...I think he posted up something about that a while back.
 

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If you use a timer, please make sure it doesn't draw current from the battery with the AC power disconnected. Then the battery will go flat in a few days even with 15mins charging per day. Or put a diode inline with the pos or neg charge cable so current can't flow in reverse.

1A isnt' very much. If your bike is outside, set a timer for 30mins/day or more. Especially if you have your alarm going as well.
 

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that charger is more than enough to save your bike's battery... thanks for the link... hey look, a cheap knock off of a battery tender!
 

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Thats what I use.... for a bike battery you need to leave it on charge for about 4 - 6 hrs depending on the amps of your battery.... I do it once every 2 weeks. My batteries are 4 years old and still going strong.
 

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Yep, pick up a lamp timer at the same time. Set it to come on for 30 minutes a day and you'll be great.

I've used these and the one amp is only into a dead battery. For topping up a near full battery it only trickles in a couple of hundred milliamps. But you still don't want it on permanently, hence the timer.

Reverse protection IS ONLY PREVENT A MELTDOWN! ! ! ! ! In other words it won't start a fire and melt everything down if you hook it up the wrong way. But if you don't notice and try charging it then YOU WILL RUIN YOUR BATTERY after a couple of hours. This is because the reverse connection will let the battery drain through the charger and eventually the charger will try to reverse charge the battery. At that point you have a candidate for recycling. Reverse protection does not imply lack of education protection. You still need to know what you're doing.
 

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myself i have the $39.99 Can Tire tender. have had it 2 seasons now. this will be the 3rd. i put it on and plug it in and never look at it till i get the bike out in spring. it works great and the battery is still tip top and a few years old now. only problem i have is some fuckhead who seems to figure its a charger that's on all the time and keeps unplugging it on me. i know who it is now thanks to my little hidden camera in my parking stall and if he does it again i'm going to break everyone of his witherd old fingers!!
 

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so what justifies the the extra cost for these? battery tender is set-it-forget-it as well and a fair amount less expensive.
I wouldn't take that $7.49 charger and walk away from your bike its not set up for that.....ctek is a pulse charger that pulses the battery when its not in charge mode.....and its allows you to do alot more types of batteries if needed, and it can be used outdoors as well, don't get me wrong $7.49 is a sweet deal I was just pointing out another option.

+ I'm sales manager at Cap-it in Surrey I'll hook up BCSB members at jobber.
We also have the piaa powersports line......
 

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Dman, I think FF was reffering to the proper battery TENDER mentioned earlier . So the Ctek and BT basically do the same thing but one has more bells and whistles and costs more I gather. What is the Ctek worth anyhow?
 

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was just wondering if anyone has used the can tire eliminator automatic charger
before i think it retails for 49.99 but goes on sale for 25 bucks, just wondering if anyone has used one or know if they are crap or not
 

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was just wondering if anyone has used the can tire eliminator automatic charger
before i think it retails for 49.99 but goes on sale for 25 bucks, just wondering if anyone has used one or know if they are crap or not
i've used one for going on 3seasons now and i love it. never had a problem with it. plug it in and rest easy.
 

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Dman, I think FF was reffering to the proper battery TENDER mentioned earlier . So the Ctek and BT basically do the same thing but one has more bells and whistles and costs more I gather. What is the Ctek worth anyhow?
retail about $80.00
jobber about $42.00
 
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