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I think my 954 battery is taking a chit already at less than 18 months :pissed: . The longest the bike has sat without being ridden is 2 weeks, maybe 3 or 4 times. Question is, how long is it safe to leave it hooked up to a 2 amp trickle charge (not a battery tender)?

New battery is $130 at the stealer where I bought the bike, $103 at the shop where I ordered my Avons. I checked w/Autozone, Checker, Pep Boys, and a battery store and none of them even have a listing for the 954. Autozone has the 929 battery for $54.95 :crying: Only diff I could see w/the 929 battery is about a half inch in height. Probably won't fit under the seat though...
 

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Thank you sir! :cheers: Uh, a question: what happens if you leave it on a 2 amp charge for too (whatever that may be) long?
 

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you will "cook" the battery and it will not hold a charge anymore. might even leak or pop though unlikely.

Get a charger with a timer or place a timer on your existing charger.

(Most automotive style batteries are not designed to be completely discharged. So they are not happy sometimes when this happens too often.)
 

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If you have a Wal-Mart in your area, they carry batteries for it.

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Model# ES9BS
$50.00 tops!

You have to fill it yourself, so be careful the sh!t burns when it gets on your hands.
 

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Repsol_69 said:
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You have to fill it yourself, so be careful the sh!t burns when it gets on your hands.
have a big box of baking soda close by....
 

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Repsol_69 said:
If you have a Wal-Mart in your area, they carry batteries for it.

Ever Start
Model# ES9BS
$50.00 tops!

You have to fill it yourself, so be careful the sh!t burns when it gets on your hands.
Thanks Repsol - I may look into that as we have several
Wal-marts in the area, although I am torn as to whether or not I should just bite the bullet and buy the original sealed battery for twice the price. And yes, I too have had experience with sulfuric acid, although on a bit larger scale :sless: . No serious damage, but still an eye opener - fortunately not an eye loser!
 

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When you get your new battery think about a battery tender too..

I have had nothing but excellent experience with my battery tender. I hook it up when im not riding. The charger will either "Charge" or "Float" depending on whether the battery needs charging or not.
Charger costs no more than 40 bucks from the local stealership.
Ive had the same battery since I bought my '02. No probs since.
 

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I think my next purchase must be a battery tender. Everything I have read here on the .org has been positive reinforcement. 20/20 hindsight - should have bought the "tender" instead of the charger I currently own.
 

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I have a 1.0amp trickle charger and had forgot it overnight (approx 15 hours) and there was no problem. From what I know, there has to be over 3amps to cause any kind of damage to the battery (ie. overcharging).
 

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Bachus,
On the top of the battery it will tell you how long you can charge the battery at a certain current setting (amps). I would look at mine, but mine is not stock so it will not help much. If I remember correctly it is about 2 hours at 2 amps.

FYI,
I also found an aftermarket. Around $50 at Batteries Plus, also checked Sears and they can order them.
 

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GhostRider said:
I have a 1.0amp trickle charger and had forgot it overnight (approx 15 hours) and there was no problem. From what I know, there has to be over 3amps to cause any kind of damage to the battery (ie. overcharging).
I'm guessing that the difference between 1-2-3 amps is probably great regarding a motorcycle battery. Not that I would know that for fact, but I think I will invest in a "tender".
 

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Save your money and get an automatic charger from Walmart for $16 - specifically designed for bike and snowmobile batteries.

I've been using mine for quite some time now with nothing but perfect performance at about 1/3 the cost of the Battery Tender brand.
 

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Chain said:
Save your money and get an automatic charger from Walmart for $16 - specifically designed for bike and snowmobile batteries.

I've been using mine for quite some time now with nothing but perfect performance at about 1/3 the cost of the Battery Tender brand.
:nod:
 

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Chain are you ......

Chain said:
Save your money and get an automatic charger from Walmart for $16 - specifically designed for bike and snowmobile batteries.

I've been using mine for quite some time now with nothing but perfect performance at about 1/3 the cost of the Battery Tender brand.


TRYING TO MOCK ME ????? ;)
 

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Chain said:
Save your money and get an automatic charger from Walmart for $16 - specifically designed for bike and snowmobile batteries.

I've been using mine for quite some time now with nothing but perfect performance at about 1/3 the cost of the Battery Tender brand.
Thanks! A few more details in a PM puhleassssse. :D
 

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BTW

I think this may be the first battery tender/maintainance thread to go 2 pages.

Im working on my post whoring skills before going into work !:cheers:
 

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I searched walmart.com, but couldn't find it for you online.

It's basically one of these...



...except it's labeled differently and costs $16. Will charge either 6 or 12V systems (yours is 12 of course) and will automatically stop charging when the battery is level. Comes with terminals to attach to the battery so you never even have to remove the battery from the bike. Easy as pie.
 
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