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2004 1800... does anyone know what kind of amperage (at the battery)is normal with the key off.





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I am not sure of amps, but mine reads 12.6 volts now.

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12.8 on mine today, haven't run it since Sunday.

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I would think it would be minimal .And hardly noticable as the only draw on it is the memory for the clock and the dash settings etc ..But if left for a month or two it will slowly drain your battery ,,I think this is what you were looking for? Cheers Ciaran

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12.8 on mine today, haven't run it since Sunday.
Hey yellowwing Where do you find that reading??




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Boy you guys!!!!!

there is a world of difference between what he is asking (AMPS) and what you are giving out(VOLTAGE)

They are interrelated BUT do not measure the same So back to the original post Do you want to know the static amp draw off your battery with the ignition off? This is the power required to keep your clocks mem etc going(Milli amps)or do you just want to know the batt voltage at ignition off ?????
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At last someone with a bit of knowledge ,,Thats what I was trying to say ,,but I have never taken a reading of the amp draw when switched off ,,But I do know it is minimal ,,,,,,,

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My battery went dead after a few months of storage. After I charged the batteryI reinstalled it and noticed a small spark indicating there is some kind of load even with the key off. What I am looking for is the amperage (milliamps) with the key off. The reason I asked this question is a few months ago I had the misfortune of having a pack rat chew up a few things on the bike. I was curious as to whether this drain on the battery is normal or if the SOB rodent chewed through some insulation and it is shorting out and draining the battery. As a Power Lineman (working on the power lines...up to60,000 volts)Idefinitely know the difference between voltage and amperage.

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So its amps you want I don't know about 1500's but my 1200 has a load of about 60 ma clock(s) and temp gauge are on all the time.

Batt goes to can't start stage in about a month but that rarely happens on the coast (close last month) So a small spark is normal

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This is unrelated to the first question but I fully charged the battery a week ago and went for a short ride. When I got home I was playing with the radio for about 5 minutes with the key in the on position (and theengine not running) and the battery then wouldn't start the bike. I'm not sure if the battery is NFG or it is not big enough to leave the lights on for 5 minutes. I'm charging the battery again and I'll stick an amp meter on it before connecting the battery cable.

Anyway... It's been beautiful here too!! I haven't insured the bike yet... maybe this weekend.Wewere down your way a couple of weeks ago to the bike show in Abbotsford... I was wishing for a spare million and a ten car garage. I reallywould likea Triumph Thruxton and I hate to admit it but I'd love aTitan Chopperbut I've got other priorities. If your coming this way give me a call and we'll go for a ride.




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