What Are The Different Types of Motorcycle Battery Chargers?

March 27, 2009 by: MCg

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR MOTORCYCLE BATTERY

Your motorcycle uses a lead-acid battery to provide its initial get up and go. Your battery is continuously discharging while its electrical energy is being used, and is being re-charged while the motorcycle is in operation.

Heck, your battery is slowly discharging every day, even if it is not being required to start your bike, or energize your lights!

Although it’s no big deal if you don’t ride your bike for several days, eventually, if you are not riding your bike for a long enough time (such as over the winter), the battery can completely discharge and will need to be replaced. (See article on motorcycle battery maintenance).

Fortunately, there are motorcycle chargers that can take the place of regularly riding the bike to keep your battery in good condition which will save you from having to replace it as frequently. (A well-maintained motorcycle battery can last 3-5 years).

There are different types of chargers, and regardless of which type you use, you should ensure that the battery charging operation is done in a well-ventilated area and avoid ignition sources (sparks, cigarettes, etc), since charging a lead-acid battery generates highly explosive hydrogen gas. (Not a good way to maintain a happy household).

TRICKLE CHARGER

Trickle chargers have been around a long time. They charge your motorcycle’s battery slowly to replenish the charge that is lost every day while the bike is not in operation.

However, you need to periodically connect and disconnect your trickle charger from your battery. Otherwise, it may eventually boil the electrolyte out of the cells or damage the plates, which entirely defeats the purpose of trying to take care of the battery so that it will last longer! (Check the trickle charger instructions for specific details on how long to keep it plugged in).

INTELLIGENT BATTERY CHARGERS

An intelligent battery charger (may be referred to as a battery tender or battery maintainer) is more expensive and easier to use than the most basic trickle charger. In this case, the charger employs circuitry to monitor the battery’s voltage, temperature and/or time under charge to determine the optimum charge current at that instant. Charging is automatically turned off when the battery is fully charged. Easy!

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