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Offline Fat Bert

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Battery Conditioning
on: December 20, 2015, 05:21:51 PM
Evening All!

Read on another forum that long term trickle charging /battery conditioning is now advised as it can "bugger up" the battery - that's a technical phrase for the uninitiated

The CT is currently SORN'ed and warmly tucked away in her cave - nicely wrapped up warm and dry for the winter and plugged into her Optimate

New gel battery fitted last June

Will all be OK?

Thoughts and advice pls?
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Re: Battery Conditioning
Reply #1 on: December 21, 2015, 08:54:30 AM
Looks like you are the Guinea Pig on this one Bert... :038:
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Re: Battery Conditioning
Reply #2 on: December 21, 2015, 10:06:14 AM
*Originally Posted by Fat Bert [+]
Read on another forum that long term trickle charging /battery conditioning is now advised as it can "bugger up" the battery - that's a technical phrase for the uninitiated

I'm no expert in this but.....

My XT660Z is coming up 8 years old, and I have run it on an Optimate since the day I got it. It is still on the original battery, starts first time on the button.  I'd would say, from my experience that the other forum isn't quite right.

I did read something somewhere about not using a standard charger on Gel batteries, but I do wonder if it's right. After all you don't change the charging system on your bike, so what make a trickle charger different ?

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Re: Battery Conditioning
Reply #3 on: December 21, 2015, 12:17:31 PM
Just had to buy a new battery for my 02 XJR. Last one lasted 8 or 9 years using an Optimate. Switch it between the CT and the XJR over winter.

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Re: Battery Conditioning
Reply #4 on: December 21, 2015, 12:31:32 PM
Hey Bert , best way to keep your battery charged , - Keep riding your bike all year ( if the police let you --  :431: couldn`t resist that one ) I don't think there is a best way - when you think about it , a battery is designed to run down/drain and be recharged - its a chemical thing - keeping them fully charged is not letting them do what they do . I charge mine every 2/3 weeks in the winter -  but only when I don't use it ( weather!!!)  ! :305:
Last Edit: December 21, 2015, 12:34:16 PM by HEN99

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Re: Battery Conditioning
Reply #5 on: December 21, 2015, 02:33:56 PM
After 30 odd years of biking one thing I've learned is that bike batteries are sh#te

I've been using a ctek charger for the last few years and I find it very good

Does all sorts of elastical trickery to keep your battery good, desulfating, bulk charging etc.

even managed to bring my old Vara battery back from the dead a few years back which was why I bought it

Recommend one highly but you'll have to check their site to see if they are suitable for gel ???
Last Edit: December 21, 2015, 02:50:22 PM by leadfarmer
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Re: Battery Conditioning
Reply #6 on: December 21, 2015, 08:07:16 PM
Some of the Optimates have been known to cook batteries over extended periods of time, Ctek's seem to to be a bit kinder. I've used both types and have avoided any potential problems by just plugging them in for a day or two every couple of weeks.

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Re: Battery Conditioning
Reply #7 on: December 21, 2015, 09:33:38 PM
*Originally Posted by HEN99 [+]
.......- Keep riding your bike all year ( if the police let you --  :431: couldn`t resist that one ) .....

Ouch!  Bitch!!

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