Yesterday I removed the seat and put a two conductor power lead (like a Battery Tender uses, it has a cap and long protected leg is +)
with a regular cig lighter like power outlet (also has a rubber cap
) in the right side pocket beside the co-rider, I wired the pair together and ran a 12 gauge red to a fuse holder at the main (bike's OEM location
) battery with a 20 amp fuse in it, and a 12 gauge black wire to a ground stud I had installed years ago on the right side of frame (to rear of battery
). I dropped wires out of pocket beside the rear volume control wires. 6 or 10 amps is likeliest the most current it'll see in use with my charger. Even less with maintainer use. Now, there are outlets in left front pocket, top trunk, lower rear trunk, and this one. There was one in the right front pocket, but I never used it so I used it today with the new setup. Now when I need to hook up, no stooping to get in lower trunk … no unplugging XM to use one in top trunk, and that one in left front pocket is switched so it was out as well.
Using a B&D maintainer and a digital solid state volt meter at same time, the maintainer first went to 14.4 at the highest, spent some time bouncing around in the 13s and near 14 before charge light stopped flashing when it went into standby holding steady 12.7vDC now with steady light. I then "turned on" the battery in the trunk and after some charging again, it settled down to the same 12.7 vDC. Like I said, these two batteries are very near the same age, etc.
My buddy who's AGM battery is DEAD now (post 12 above
) is closing on a newly purchased house that needs a bit of work, meaning he won't be riding much if at all. I told him to wait to buy a new battery until when he's near to riding. That we would use my pump to pump the old gas out, put in a gallon of fresh real gasoline, put this battery in & then jump it to start so he can move it to this "new to him" home's garage (5-7 miles
). Then, we'll pull the vacuum line to petcock, run carbs dry, then pump off any fuel in the tank.
This reminds me, that my Auxiliary Generator has not been started since last winter, it has an AGM battery that is totally disconnected when the Switch Key is OFF.
it stays at 12.6ish year around, and the motor cranks over and starts in less than 2 revolutions...
This is because the gas tank valve is turned to OFF, and the engine allowed to run at full speed until it reaches fuel exhaustion.
I have to fuel prime it to start it up, it has a pressure bulb for that purpose. It works every time w/o fail. Putting that on tomorrows list of things to do.
oh my, the RV AuxGen has not been started since last summer when we used it coming home from Colorado...... it ran until it ran out of gas, keeping the doggies cool while we toured a museum in Pueblo. that is going to take getting some E0 gasoline for that one, both of them actually.
Yeah, easy to let it go too long. My older / largest generator was bought new in 2006. It too has a fuel valve I added to use to shut fuel off to let run carb dry, then I drain the tank. Ran it a lot in 2012 when a derecho killed power for a week Has a AGM battery laying on it's side, it's battery finally give up last year. It takes a AGM same exact size as the PC680, but I had already bought a replacement last year so I didn't put the extra PC680 in it instead. It was only like $50-$60. Generator has a plug in maintainer that plugs into generator's control panel.