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Solar Battery Tender?

Just saw this and thought . . . My bike sits in a car port 200' from the nearest outlet . . . I hate pulling the battery if I'm not riding for a few weeks . . . I live in So. Calif.

Anyone ever tried something like this? Just for maintaining a good battery, not charging one.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...x-_-L0-_-Solor
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VW ships their cars to the US with a solar battery charger. I picked up a few from eBay for about $30 each. They come with a charge regulator.

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I used one all winter and it kept my battery topped right up. Just to be sure I put my automatic battery 2-12-75A charger on at the end of winter and it showed 100% charged. $20.00 on sale at Canadian Tire.

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I'e used a solar charger for my ultralight airplane for the last 8 years. My airplane uses a motorcycle battery and sits a long time between flights. It is also very remote with no outside power. I've only needed one replacement battery in that time. When ever I got to it the battery is fully topped up.
Just make sure that your charger is only putting on very small amounts of power.. in the milliamp range or you can end up overcharging the battery and killing it that way.

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Just make sure that your charger is only putting on very small amounts of power.. in the milliamp range or you can end up overcharging the battery and killing it that way.
That's why you need a charging regulator in any solar setup.

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sounds like I'll be set come next winter then. I can mount the unit on the roof and just run a wire to the SAE connector on the bike.
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