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post #1 of 15 Old 04-10-2019, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Battery tender

Always add a battery tender to my bikes. Can the 2018 DL1000 be charged through the 12 volt accessory plug or should I hardwire the tender directly to the battery?
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When installing a Battery Tender harness, I do neither if at all possible.
I place the positive eyelet on the starter solenoid stud under the battery cable positive cable eyelet. I place the negative eyelet under the bolt of the closest ground. That way there is no battery corrosion on the Tender harness, and if you remove the battery for any reason you dont have to futz with the Tender harness.
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Always add a battery tender to my bikes. Can the 2018 DL1000 be charged through the 12 volt accessory plug or should I hardwire the tender directly to the battery?
If you need a Battery tender you just aint riding enough!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Put it in the wind brother
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MAZ4ME has some good points and for your information you can only charge through a accessory socket if the socket is live with power 24/7

As your socket only gets power with the ignition on it will not work.
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When installing a Battery Tender harness, I do neither if at all possible.
I place the positive eyelet on the starter solenoid stud under the battery cable positive cable eyelet. I place the negative eyelet under the bolt of the closest ground. That way there is no battery corrosion on the Tender harness, and if you remove the battery for any reason you dont have to futz with the Tender harness.
Since I'm contemplating a 2nd bike, a "pretty one" that won't be ridden during the winter, I'll be needing a tender. So, I'm going to file this away in the "Damn, I need to remember that!" folder.
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MAZ4ME has some good points and for your information you can only charge through a accessory socket if the socket is live with power 24/7

As your socket only gets power with the ignition on it will not work.
Thanks, exactly what I needed to know. Hard wire to the battery it is.
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When installing a Battery Tender harness, I do neither if at all possible.
I place the positive eyelet on the starter solenoid stud under the battery cable positive cable eyelet. I place the negative eyelet under the bolt of the closest ground. That way there is no battery corrosion on the Tender harness, and if you remove the battery for any reason you dont have to futz with the Tender harness.
That thought would have never crossed my mind. Very logical idea! All of mine are connected to the battery.
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A healthy lead acid battery can easily hold very close to full charge for six months or more. If it doesn’t it’s time to get a new one. I bet more batteries have been damaged by overcharging from cheap tenders or trickle chargers than by prolonged self-discharge.
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A healthy lead acid battery can easily hold very close to full charge for six months or more. If it doesn’t it’s time to get a new one. I bet more batteries have been damaged by overcharging from cheap tenders or trickle chargers than by prolonged self-discharge.
Any time a battery loses power and recharged the shelf life is reduced. Before I started using tenders I couldnt get more than 3 years out of a battery for a bike or ATV.
After tenders, I have yet to replace one.
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If you need a Battery tender you just aint riding enough!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Put it in the wind brother
Many here live in the frozen North and some just don't ride that much regardless of where they live, so a battery tender just makes good sense.
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