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Need Trickle Charger? Need advice

Winter is coming soon, time to invest in a trickle charger for my R6 any brand names I should go with or stay away from?
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Battery Tender Jr FTW. Thats what I have. I use it to charge my car's battery when its dead as well.

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Can't go wrong with a Batter Tender. That's what you will hear from most people.

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F that. 5 winters and never winterized shit. Never had any issues.

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I now prefer the Optimate3 over the Battery Tender.

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the one I have is made by Yuasa. I like it. You can find sears brand ones in the battery section of the store. and most bike shops should sell or be able to get you one.

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I've had a Battery Tender & one from Yuasa that looks like the old Tender Jr. model. Both seem to work great on the bikes & the snowmobiles.

I'm interested to see how the OptiMate chargers work though. They claim it can charge a sulfated battery. If so, well worth a few extra bucks.
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dont waste your money, if youre storing in freezing temps take battery with you and keep warm, if its climate controlled you can probably leave batt in without any issues

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That's a good price, but also check with Ken at ChicagoPerformance and see what he can do for you.

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You need to differentiate between just a charger and a "maintainer". Make sure that whatever you get will "float" the charge cuurent and not overcharge your battery...even at a half amp, if the charger does not "float" it will eventually overcharge and damage the battery.

I am absolutey happy with my Battery Tender Junior.

EDIT: BUT...I hear nothing but good about the Optimate.

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You need to differentiate between just a charger and a "maintainer". Make sure that whatever you get will "float" the charge cuurent and not overcharge your battery...even at a half amp, if the charger does not "float" it will eventually overcharge and damage the battery.

I am absolutey happy with my Battery Tender Junior.
"During maintenance it “floats & tests” 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off, so the battery is always 100% ready, but never overcharged.
**The OptiMate’s high voltage desulfation mode cannot engage if vehicle electronics / wiring are sensed, so to effectively desulfate a battery, it must be disconnected from the vehicle wiring."

I think that will work for me
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I disagree. 30 on and 30 off means that 50% of the time between the time you put it on the charger and the time you take it off it's being charged, even just a little bit. unless they mean that it floats and tests battery voltage every 30 minutes to determine if it needs to charge again.

the way mine works is that it tests the voltage when you hook it up and (usually) goes into a charging state. once it's charged it stops charging and the light indicating no charge comes on. if/when the battery drops back below the threshold, it kicks back on. typically when i have something connected, after the initial charge, it's not charging. very rarely do I see it actually on. and i'm in my garage at least twice a day (leaving for work and returning home).

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5 years with the old Chicago Electric Float Charger from Harbor Freight Tools, a whooping $4.99 (sale price) haven't steered me wrong. 4 bikes and one car, using them.

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