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Do I need to remove the battery on my Wing if I store the bike in a heated garage over winter? What if I put a trickle charger on it? She's never been in a heated garage before. It will be there for 5.5 months.
 

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I would clean, fully charge and then disconnect the battery when it went into storage. A trickle charger would be nice. The goal would be to keep the battery charged during the time of storage.

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Clean it, check it for water if it's that type, fully charge and put a trickle charger on it to keep it charged during storage. I don't disconnect mine and have not had any problems. I have the charge cable routed from the battery, under the seat and into the right rear side pocket, makes it really easy!! (I think there is a post on how to do this)
 

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I would not use a trickle charger. I wold use a battery maintainer. There is a difference.
Trickle chargers provide a constant, though small current to the battery.
A battery maintainer charges the battery similar to a trickle charger. But then will put a small load on the battery. And then it does the cycle over again. This is better for the battery than just a constant trickle charge.
Just don't forget to check the fluid levels over the winter. Trickle charged batteries that have very low fluid levels have blown up on occasion.
Happened to a ham radio operator that had a battery backup on a trickle charger. Never checked the fluid and the battery blew up. Lucky for him, no one was in the area of the battery when it happened.
 

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dedgar wrote:
I would not use a trickle charger. I wold use a battery maintainer. There is a difference.
Trickle chargers provide a constant, though small current to the battery.
A battery maintainer charges the battery similar to a trickle charger. But then will put a small load on the battery. And then it does the cycle over again. This is better for the battery than just a constant trickle charge.
Just don't forget to check the fluid levels over the winter. Trickle charged batteries that have very low fluid levels have blown up on occasion.
Happened to a ham radio operator that had a battery backup on a trickle charger. Never checked the fluid and the battery blew up. Lucky for him, no one was in the area of the battery when it happened.
Your right, I use a Bettery Tender JR. Sorry
 

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I use a battery maintainer on both of my bike batteries.

They keep them nicely at about 13.2 Volts and never once, have I had trouble with the bikes starting up for lack of battery juice.
 

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I see them on sale @ Harbor Frt once in a while for 5 or 6 bucks. would they be sufficient?
 

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Dancinbear wrote:
I see them on sale @ Harbor Frt once in a while for 5 or 6 bucks. would they be sufficient?
My neighbor bought one of those from Horrible Fright for his generator, in 2 months the battery was cooked dry. Then he had to buy a new battery AND a BT jr.

HF is good for some thing, but not anything that plugs in and could burn your house down IMHO.

You can often get the BT jr's for under $25.
 
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