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Old 21st September 2018, 04:29 PM
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Default Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

What's the best - and by "best", I mean economical too, I don't need it to make me coffee every morning - battery tender / trickle charger?

I've got a "seasonal" bike in a holiday home, so this is necessary to keep from constantly having to recharge the battery.

Are the Halford's ones any good? I've had years of use out of their standard battery charger.

Also, I'd need to buy this locally, and probably Monday is the only day I could do it - fuck, I just realized that important part of the equation! That might limit me to Halford's.

Unless someone's got one they're not using and they could meet me on Sunday afternoon in Dublin?
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Old 21st September 2018, 05:04 PM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

This is the one I'm looking at, at Halford's:

https://www.halfords.ie/motoring/mot...enance-charger

Anyone with experience of it?
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Old 21st September 2018, 05:35 PM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

I've got an optimate. I had one with crocodile clips before. Stopped using it as it was such a pain in the arse taking the seat off. Cost me a battery in the end. The optimate attaches to the terminals and comes with a bespoke lead that sits under the pillion seat when not connected. That way its just plug and play. The type of optimiser wouldn't bother me a huge amount but that lead was the game changer
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Old 21st September 2018, 05:55 PM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

I have a Deltran Battery Tender that I've used since the year 2000, iirc. Cost me about €45, I think. Still going strong.

I got a gift of a new Optimate a couple of years back. Damn thing lasted less than 6 months.

I also have a small (under 1 amp) 12v charger, just in case any of my batteries drop so low that the Tender can't recover them.

Just remember that a tender will keep the charge up, but not charge from flat, and can be left attached. A charger on the other hand, will charge from flat but will cook your battery if left connected too long.
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Old 21st September 2018, 05:59 PM
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I had 3 optimate's & they all shat themselves.
Bought an Oxford one in Halfords 2 years ago & is still working perfectly.
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Old 21st September 2018, 06:06 PM
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I had all them super battery shit shit, but an argos one for 15e has LAST SO FAR 7 YEARS NOW
AND SHE WAS 15E
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Old 21st September 2018, 06:07 PM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

Found myself one year with one bike more than I had trickle chargers. But I did have a cheap Aldi or Lidl battery charger that could be set to charge a bike battery but didn't have a cut off to stop the battery being overcharged if left plugged in for more than 10 or 12 hours. So I hooked it up to a plug-in timer set to come on for half an hour every 12 hours. Battery was fine 4 months later and didn't need topping up with distilled water at any point.
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Old 21st September 2018, 06:09 PM
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IN MY opinion thge best way for "me" is to ride ewvery day if possible if ya cant with school runs , work etc defo invest in one
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Old 21st September 2018, 06:29 PM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

Originally Posted by kido
I had 3 optimate's & they all shat themselves.
Every Optimate I've had has been shit in some way.
I've been using CTEK for the last few years and not a bother. They're standard issue with some of the most expensive cages on the planet, so they must be doing something right. Only problem is they used to be relatively cheap but since people have started fucking off Optimate and started buying CTEK, the prices are going up.
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Old 21st September 2018, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer
Every Optimate I've had has been shit in some way.
I've been using CTEK for the last few years and not a bother. They're standard issue with some of the most expensive cages on the planet, so they must be doing something right. Only problem is they used to be relatively cheap but since people have started fucking off Optimate and started buying CTEK, the prices are going up.
tis not often we agree(all in fun~) but on this , 100% ive bought into the hype of the super man charger and there shit, i went through 2 of em and the oxford one and then an argos 14e jobby and she is going years
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Old 21st September 2018, 07:37 PM
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Yes +3 on the CTEK, get what they call the 'comfort' lead.
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Old 21st September 2018, 09:38 PM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

I bought the Halfords brand trickle charger 8 years ago when I got the K6, still working perfectly. Think it only cost me €35 back in the day. Gets a fair bit of use too, even the summer, have to keep the battery on the big twin cylinder bikes well charged.

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Old 21st September 2018, 09:48 PM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

Originally Posted by PADDYOT
I bought the Halfords brand trickle charger 8 years ago when I got the K6, still working perfectly. Think it only cost me Ä35 back in the day. Gets a fair bit of use too, even the summer, have to keep the battery on the big twin cylinder bikes well charged.
Nothing like a little confirmation bias to make my decision easy

Though I think having to buy it on Sunday is kinda a deal-maker for me.

Also, my experience (albeit a long, long time ago) with an optimate being quite useless, will push me towards gambling my money on something else.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 21st September 2018, 10:26 PM
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Had a Halfords one, it shit the bed, went on fire and could have been a really dangerous situation. Managed to get the cables off with a pliers.
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Old 21st September 2018, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Ianasauras
Had a Halfords one, it shit the bed, went on fire and could have been a really dangerous situation. Managed to get the cables off with a pliers.
Which cables? The mains cable or the one to the battery?
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Old 22nd September 2018, 12:50 AM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

Have to agree on the ctek. I have the mxs 5 and it charges everything from a cb200 battery to a very large deep cycle with no problems.
It also automatically restarts charging/maintaining after a power cut.
They do a panel socket with led charge status indicator on it. If one of the bikes drops off the full light I just plug the charger in. No pulling stuff off to get at the battery.
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Old 22nd September 2018, 09:10 AM
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Default Re: Best Battery Tender/Trickle Charger?

I added an SAE connector under the pillion seat. It allows me to easily connect a charger, power a pump or connect a USB port.

I'm happy with a genius charger (probably the same as ctek). Good features, including trickle charge, and well built https://www.amazon.co.uk/NOCO-G3500U.../dp/B00E907PWS
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Old 22nd September 2018, 09:51 AM
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Had the halfords one on the battery which was removed from the bike and in a wooden log cabin last winter. Was on for about an hour and when i went out to check if the battery was charged the charger had smoke coming from it. Only had it around 3 weeks so brought it back and informed them of the issue to which the young lad replied "we've had a few back for that". Took my money and they won't be getting any of my business again.
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Old 22nd September 2018, 09:57 AM
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Have an older Halford one for about ten years now, never a bother even though I cracked the casing net time and it's held together with a cable tie, grand yoke.
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Old 22nd September 2018, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer
Which cables? The mains cable or the one to the battery?
The ones to the battery.
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