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I have a Die Hard battery in my 1500-age unknown. It gets tethered to the battery tender every time it sits. I have never had a problem starting my bike until yesterday. It was very coincidental that I had just wired in a connector for a heated vest directly to the battery with an inline fuse (vest unattached). I pulled the battery tonight and discovered it was completely dry.Batteries seems to be an overlooked maintenance item, especially when it never failed or hesitated. Die Hard likes to put there big sticker on it so you can't see the level very well-outof sight, outof mind.

My question is, is it dead? Ifilled it up with distilled water and hooked it up to the big charger at 2 amps. Is there an additive I should be putting in? I kinda hope that it will last me the rest of the season and purchase a new one in the spring.

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It will probably come back with a slow 2-amp charge. However, it is a 20 ampere battery so I would not charge it longer than 5 hours on the 2-amp constant charger. Then connect it to a battery maintainer and let it come up to full charge.
 

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And when you get tired of re-filling the water go buy an AGM sealed battery like I did 2 months ago for my 1100. Best 65 bucks I've spent for the bike so far. No more acid drips on my exhaust pipes.
 

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you can put an electrolite addative in it if you go buy a battery tester it will show you the acid level and electrolite charge

yes i agree when i replace the battery in mine im getting a sealed one


plus on a semi i repaired yesterday i found all 4 batteries were bone dry and the sides split open and it started and ran normally no issues whatso ever the owner said dont worry about it i'll fix it later...... dont ask me i just do what i am told....lol his battery box step is extra shiny from all the leaky acid
 

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If the lead plates are not heavily coroded or coated with sulfur, it may hold a charge.

The only additive I would recommend is Epsom Salts, like you get at Wal Mart for

homemade bath salts... I did'nt believe it, but I brought a car battery back from the

dead by disolving 1 pound Epsom Salt into a gallon of distilled water, battery is like

new, but again, the lead plates have to be in decent shape...
 

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Thanks DBohrer, I'll put it on the tender before going to bed tonight. I think I'll take it in to have it load tested before getting stuck some where. Don't think the wife will entertain push starting me!

Bagmaster, were did you get your sealed battery?
 

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Cody in MN wrote:
If the lead plates are not heavily coroded or coated with sulfur, it may hold a charge.

The only additive I would recommend is Epsom Salts, like you get at Wal Mart for

homemade bath salts... I did'nt believe it, but I brought a car battery back from the

dead by disolving 1 pound Epsom Salt into a gallon of distilled water, battery is like

new, but again, the lead plates have to be in decent shape...
I get enough razzing from the wife about the lemon pledge thingy going on. If I bought Epsom salt for my bike, she'd have me committed;)
 

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Put the poor old battery on the trickle overnight and all day today. No additives, justdistilled water. Put it all back together and vroom. Started right up. Gave her an oil change tonight and will give her the test tomorrow.

Thanks for the help. Hopefully it will last until spring.
 

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It may be fine but have it load tested. A battery can appear fine but once put under a stress it can short out and give up.
A battery can also die without warning like my Xtreme AGM just did tonight after less than 2 years.
Totally dead, nothing, zip, nada.
Last Xtreme I buy.
 

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check charging voltage
 

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HogansWing wrote:
Put the poor old battery on the trickle overnight and all day today. No additives, justdistilled water. Put it all back together and vroom. Started right up. Gave her an oil change tonight and will give her the test tomorrow.

Thanks for the help. Hopefully it will last until spring.
Hogan, Glad the charging worked, I had a gut feeling it would. You can load test it on the bike. Put a volt meter on the battery while cranking the starter, if it has 10.5 volts or more you are good to go.

Thanks for posting the results.
 

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Thanks DBohrer, I'll put it on the tender before going to bed tonight. I think I'll take it in to have it load tested before getting stuck some where. Don't think the wife will entertain push starting me!

Bagmaster, were did you get your sealed battery?
i bought mine local at a place called Battery Outpost, been buying from them for years as they carry Interstate batteries which I really like. Its a Deka as mentioned in another post. Comes fully charged right out of the box.

 

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Although the battery appears to be fully charged when you buy it new, you should put it on a soak with a battery tender, otherwise it will never give it's best
 

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It may have come back to life, but I'm betting it'll puke on you in the next couple weeks. Had the same thing happen, now I check the level, every oil change.
 

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Wingle wrote:
Although the battery appears to be fully charged when you buy it new, you should put it on a soak with a battery tender, otherwise it will never give it's best
And I'll second that. You never know how long it sat on the shelf, plus it's just a good practice.
 

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All seems to be good today. Ran about 125 miles in six trips for work. Cranked over like it was a new battery. There is something to be said about peace of mind though, every time I shut the bike off I had to wonder if it would start again-I did throw jumper cables in the trunk today just in case. Which is why I'll buy a new battery in the spring.

I always find it amazing how smooth the bike runs on a new oil change. Today it felt like a new bike again.:)
 

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Forecast is for real nice weather here for the next 5 days. Put on all my gear, grabbed the keys and went to the Wing this morning. Key turned but no console lights, no ignition, no nothing. Plugged in Battery Tender all day for 13 hours and nothing. Checked battery with basic automotive DC elect tester tonight and, nothing.

I wired in a power plate and a direct battery connection for the wife's heated jacket liner (with in-line fuse)2 weeks ago. Ran it all weekend after that without incident. It sat in the garage for the last 2 weeks without running.

Could the jacket liner suck the battery dry? I think somewhere in this post someone talks about a dead battery after wiring one of those in directly. Could the battery be dead for good?

OK, so let's assume it's new battery time. What's the best for a GL1500 SE?
 
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