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Battery Tender Jr 750ma 27 47.37%
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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Which battery tender do you use?

Well, now that I have a need for a tender I am not sure if bigger is better or which way to go. Thought I would solicit some input from those who have been using them.

I ride my VV daily (year round riding here in VA) with my TC getting a weekly outting for the most part. Was thinking of buying 1 tender to keep on the TC primarily or use on the VV should bad weather really hit.

Will the Tender Jr. 750ma be sufficent or should I go the 1.25amp as I really am not sure if I need to. To be honest, I am begining to think my truck needs it more than the bikes.. lol.. Thanks in advance for your inputs??
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I use a craftsman tender with the male/female connections. Came with one battery post permanent connector that is on my Suzuki. Autozone sells extra ones though and picked up one for my XR.

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There's everything else, then there's

http://www.geniuschargers.com/G3500/specs

It's got a power port connector (optional) if you don't want to bother wiring it in and yeppir, it will charge your truck just fine. The thing that I don't like is that it's a lot smarter than me.

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Something to think about, probably not as big an issue on a bike, maybe the new Visions, with some of the electronics. A buddy of mine has a Z06 that he keeps on a battery tender. Lightning struck his house and it apparently fried his ABS module. Cost him a pretty penny and he replaced it himself. He still has to take it to a dealer because it has to be programmed with a TECH II. He is not sure how much they will charge for that. Anyway, the moral is might want to think about a good surge suppressor if you leave your bike connected to one.

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Well, now that I have a need for a tender I am not sure if bigger is better or which way to go.
Depends how fast you want to recharge the battery I suspect. I've used the little ones for years though they didn't used to be called a "Jrs." Since I just use them to trickle charge the bikes during winter, I see no rush.

I change a set of the included connectors over to the male heated gear style connectors so I can plug them in directly without taking the bike apart to get at the battery terminals. I also keep the terminal clamps for charging batteries on the tractor and lawn mower.

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A buddy of mine has a Z06 that he keeps on a battery tender. Lightning struck his house and it apparently fried his ABS module.
Never thought about that before. Though with lightning, I'm not sure there is a man made product guaranteed to ward off the force of mother nature.

I had lightning hit a tree next to the house once and in addition to the tree, it took out most every electrical gizmo in the house. Damn glad it hit the tree and not the house!

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Never thought about that before. Though with lightning, I'm not sure there is a man made product guaranteed to ward off the force of mother nature.

I had lightning hit a tree next to the house once and in addition to the tree, it took out most every electrical gizmo in the house. Damn glad it hit the tree and not the house!
Yup, trickle to keep the TC fresh is about all I need but that Genious looks tempting as well. Will handle everything.

+1 on that lighting note. Wasn't thinking about that but I do use surge protectors in the garage as well as through out the house. Had lighting hit the tree in front of my house TWICE in a year. 2nd time took out the neighbors TV, Computer, Cable modem and router as well as blew the microwave.. He was pissed when I told him NOTHING happend to my house... Not funny I know but you have got to know my neighbor to see the humor. Anyway, I cut the tree down... Seen it as an omen.. lol.. Thanks for the inputs so far!

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If your only letting the bike sit for a week or so at a time I really don't see the need to do anything for a charger, you shouldn't be having any issues in that short of time, if you are, its something else. If you plan to park it for several weeks or even months, then a maintainer would be a good idea.

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There's everything else, then there's

http://www.geniuschargers.com/G3500/specs

It's got a power port connector (optional) if you don't want to bother wiring it in and yeppir, it will charge your truck just fine. The thing that I don't like is that it's a lot smarter than me.
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