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04-12-2019 12:41 AM
Rolex Whenever I add accessories or aftermarket stuff to my electrical systems I always snip the ring terminal to change it from a "O" to a "C"

It does not matter if I have it under the battery bolts, the solenoid bolt or as in the case with my BMW under the starter motor bolt I snip the ring so it can be more easily removed should the need arise.

Just loosen things off and slip it out, reverse the procedure to put it back.
04-11-2019 10:46 PM
rooster shooter
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Originally Posted by Webfors View Post
I have mine wired to an Eastern Beaver 3 circuit harness. Add grease to avoid corrosion.
I did that too. Jim makes some good stuff. I find myself going to his site just to see what I can find.
04-11-2019 03:23 PM
Motorpsychology
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Originally Posted by Hogges View Post
A healthy lead acid battery can easily hold very close to full charge for six months or more. If it doesnít itís 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.
The best type are the floating chargers. They charge the battery to ~13.8V then stop charging until/unless voltage drops to ~11.5V. the cheap trickle chargers keep applying voltage regardless, this can lead to premature failure by cooking the internals. Beyond the digital clock on some models, I don't know if any of the modules or processors need power to preserve memory, like a car. "My" (actually the company's but assigned for my use) Kenworth T680 will discharge too low to start after 20 days of sitting, even with three, 700 cold crank amp batteries; 7 separate "hot" memory computers and billions of sensors, and of course, an lcd clock. the batteries don't go dead-dead but too low to crank the Cummins Inx13 over.
04-11-2019 02:06 PM
Webfors I have mine wired to an Eastern Beaver 3 circuit harness. Add grease to avoid corrosion.
04-11-2019 01:00 PM
MAZ4ME Thanks, Gentlemen!
I only use Battery Tender Pluses for my 3 motorcycles. I have them all wired in the manner I described with one exception--my '14 DL1K has the Tender positive eyelet under the battery positive cable--for now. At the time, I didnt want to grind away a portion of the starter relay's plastic cover. That will be remedied soon--I just forgot about it after all this time! My CB750K, ZRX1100, my son's SV650, a friend's Vstrom650 and many others Ive wired this way.
I feed the harness plug through the bodywork and black plastic wire-tie it to the rear brake fluid reservoir hose behind the rear frame section. Unobtrusive, easy access when on the side stand, and I use the plug not only for tending/charging, but also to run a small air compressor I keep on the bike and for checking charging status.
I use a Tender Plus for each bike, although I could have bout a multibank model. Reason is, if the bultibank goes down, I may not be able to charge any of the bikes. I have all 3 plugged into a switched power strip on a garage wall stud, and each Tender is on a shelf made of a piece of 2" X 4" between the wall studs, plastic wire-tied in place. Wach Tender has a 12' BT extension cable, with the excess looped on bicycle hooks screwed into the underside of the shelves supporting the Tenders.
The gal from Deltran--BT's parent company, she knows EVERYTHING about their Tenders-- made it clear to me that the bike is to be on the Tender every time it's parked in the garage. She said the mistake people make with their product is that they only use the Tender for a short time before a ride.
I generally get 6-8 years out of a battery using these Tenders this way.
Also, their support is EXCELLENT. The Tenders have a 5-year warranty. After 5 years, you pay $10.90, they'll send you a brand new one. This price may or may not apply to the Plus, but Ive sent in 3 Battery Tender Jr.'s through the years and got new ones in the mail.
The Jr. is rated at .75A, the plus is rated at 1.25A. The safest bet is to use a Tender rated at 1/10th the amp-hour rating of the battery. I use the Jr. for the battery in my riding mower,my brother's John Deere Garden Tractor, and my friend's DL650 Vstrom.
As per the '18 Yuasa Battery Applications and Specifications manual, The '14 Vstrom1000 battery is rated at 12 amp-hours, close enough to the 1.25A output of the plus. The '14 Vstrom650 battery is rated at 10 amp-hours, so the Jr. is better suited to that application.
04-11-2019 12:05 PM
Big B
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Originally Posted by jgendr View Post
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.
04-11-2019 11:28 AM
RandyinTN
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Originally Posted by Hogges View Post
A healthy lead acid battery can easily hold very close to full charge for six months or more. If it doesnít itís 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.
04-11-2019 10:46 AM
Hogges 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.
04-11-2019 10:35 AM
eagleeye
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Originally Posted by MAZ4ME View Post
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.
Posts like this are what makes coming to the site worthwhile.
04-11-2019 09:57 AM
RandyinTN
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Originally Posted by Rolex View Post
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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