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Battery storage/charging opinions

For years I used to remove the batteries from my bikes and bring them inside and place them on a shelf for the winter. Most years it will need a charge in the spring.

The last few years I have just hooked up the Battery Tender and left it for a few months with no problems.

What do others do in the colder climates for their batteries?
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I hook mine up to a battery tender in my buddy's garage for the winter, which in turn saves $90 roughly for a new battery every riding season. Pittsburgh, PA area

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Yeah, my garage is detached and no heat. The coldest it gets is like 10-15F. The question is posed to those that put their bikes up for the winter. When I used to get deployed the battery would always come out for the 12-18 months and never stored on the ground.
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I usually take them out and bring them in. My garage is attached, but no heat and no insulation. I've always brought them in and put them on a battery tender. But I only leave them connected long enough to get a full charge according to the charger. Then they come off. Then a month or so later I'll hook it back up. For some reason it works out just fine every year. I have a Honda Aquatrax that I bought brand new in the crate in 2008. It was a leftover 2006. I'm still using the original Yuasa battery. The ski stays in my shed for a few of the colder winter months before I get enough courage to head out there and remove it. Still fires right up even with only 75 total hours on the ski. With its limited use over the last 8 years I'm waiting for it to fail......I guess we'll just have to wait and see again for 2015. When they're out they stay on my workbench in the basement.

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Re: Battery storage/charging opinions

My area of UK doesn't get below -2C these recent years. But a sharp drop in temp on some mornings can kill an old car or bike battery. Battery life for a modern bike / car (with Fuel injection, etc etc) can be approx. 7 years.
For the bikes stored during winter I don't need to take the battery off or take indoors due to mild temps in the garage, I use a battery tender on each bike for about 5 days and swap between the 3 road bikes (my off-roader doesn't have a battery). When a weekend day is mild I get the bikes out, put them on paddock stands and run them through the gears till the engine is hot & the fan kicks in.
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Re: Battery storage/charging opinions

well i have a shorai lithium iron battery. it weighs less than a pound and they say if your storing it to simply unhook the +, no need to put them on a tender. it holds its charge for a year unattended.

if you use a tender, ive read you should hook it up a couple days n then unhook it for 2 weeks n repeat.

its also said that its not good to start a bike thats stored and let it warm up to running temp and shut it off. first of all there is no need for it. it creates condensation in the crank case. blowby happens more during warm up and warming a bike to full temp at idle takes longer. that in combination with the condensation created by short runs in cold temps cause acids that your oil only has so much additives to deal with before they are used up.

not to mention your bikes charging system doesnt do much if any charging at idle so your just draining the battery.

if your not going to ride the bike there is no reason to start it n let it run up to temp n shut it off. it does nothing good for the engine but does have some negative effects.

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Re: Battery storage/charging opinions

For short term storage, one cable should be removed from the battery, trickle or not. Long term storage, trickle isn't enough, get the battery indoors.
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Re: Battery storage/charging opinions

I trickle mine all winter, same battery now for almost ten years.....watch now it will be pooched in March
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Re: Battery storage/charging opinions

Anybody think a battery tender prevents a battery from freezing?
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Re: Battery storage/charging opinions

I'd bring it inside and put it on a tender if I were you.
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Re: Battery storage/charging opinions

A battery will only freeze if it's low on charge. The cold temps will actually increase battery life if kept charged.
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