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post #1 of 10 Old 09-19-2007, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Where is everybody in Canada buying theirs and how much are they running you? Got up this morning to 4C so its just a matter of time before I have to "winterize" my baby. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-19-2007, 12:39 PM
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I got mine at crappy tire. I use it for two bikes and just rotat it every other week. Seems to work my old bike, now my mothers (2000 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650) still has the original battery and its a 2000 model with 60,000kms on it.

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-19-2007, 08:48 PM
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I had a local shop order me a Yuasa one from Motovan (I think). I've had it for years, don't remember the price. I was in California recently and wandered into a bike shop. They had them on sale for $15.99. I bought one for my Dad to use on his boat but, in hindsight, I should have picked up half a dozen.

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The one I picked up is the little 0.9 amp, automatic unit for $47.99. Most bike shops will give to 20% off of you ask for it.


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I got the Yuasa 0.9amp one too at a Yamaha shop. Paid nearly $50 for it this year. Need to be careful with some of the cheap Canadian Tire ones though. I bought one there first but did not realize that it will keep on charging as it did not have an automatic detector when the batter was full. Cost me only $15.00 for that one.
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-23-2007, 04:41 PM
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I picked mine up at Canadian Tire also. It is the Eliminator Intelligent Battery Charger and charges at 2, 8 or 12 Amps. Seems to auto detect the battery very well. I charge two bikes over the winter (move it back and forth every few weeks), my ATV in the summer (use it for plowing snow) and I even used it to recharge the battery on my Honda Civic when I left the lights on. Seems to do them all without a problem. It has smart technology that is able to detect connection problems (usually me not getting a good spot for the negative clamp). It is also a battery tester. I got mine on sale for $50 but I've since seen them even cheaper. Regular they are $75 I think. I've been very pleased with it overall.

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post #7 of 10 Old 09-23-2007, 08:31 PM
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I'd cycle that one off and on. I think 2 amps is a pretty high charge rate for a trickle/maintenance charge.

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post #8 of 10 Old 09-24-2007, 04:12 PM
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The trickle charge stops as soon as the battery is charged, and so far my batteries are doing pretty well. I've been using it a couple of years.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-02-2007, 09:56 PM
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Link a charger and a timer

If your charger merely sends energy into the battery 100% of the time, you will soon have a ruined battery. If you are careful, you can instruct a timer to turn on the charger for 30 minutes per day, then you can go play hockey or fish through the ice and forget about your poor lonely motorcycle dozing in the dark until March ... well, April ... thaws the snowbanks and warms your heart again.

Depending on your battery and your charger, my guess of 30 minutes per day may be too generous or too stingy. Experiment and check the voltage daily until you get the charging interval about right.

I wish I had thought of this stunt years ago when all the chargers were quite simple-minded. I spent a lot on batteries over the years, and I guess I am still doing it. My 1965 Super Hawk needs a battery, but it ain't getting one until I get it running properly (with a battery that belongs elsewhere and doesn't quite fit).

Good luck, and stay warm, even if you need to visit Florida to do that.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-25-2007, 12:19 AM
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Where is everybody in Canada buying theirs and how much are they running you? Got up this morning to 4C so its just a matter of time before I have to "winterize" my baby. Thanks.
I got mine at Wal-Mart here in the states, $17.00. You should be able to get the same one at the Canadian stores. I've bought three of them over the past year and one of them was a dud but for $17.00, who cares.
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