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Battery tenders

Do theses really make batteries last longer. And does everyone use them or not? Should they just be used during colder winter months or year round?

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Powersports batteries never seem to fully recover from going completely dead. If you start it up often enough that your battery never "dies" you should be fine without a tender. I've had batteries die in as little as two weeks, and had them last over 3 months. Depends on the battery and conditions. However long you let it sit, just don't let it go dead.
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they do make batteries last longer if your not using the vehicle. For most people its a winter thing but if its going to be sitting for awhile plug it in.

Basicly its a charger that can't over charge the battery
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I have never used one and my bike sits for 4-5 months during the winter and I am still on the stock battery, I just start it and run it for about 10 minutes once a month.

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I have everything on battery Tenders.. Car, Motorcycle, Quad.. But I also am Overseas for 3-6 months at a time and it makes things easier on the wife.

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I don't use one. I just make sure to start it up and let it run for 10-15 minutes every couple weeks. They do help keep your battery from going dead. If I was to say leave my bike in a non temperature controlled environment when it was really cold(below freezing). I would use one.
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My battery went dead within a year of having my ATV. It had been working for 2-4 starts at a time but I finally called it when I started the ATV, rode it around a little, let it idle while I talked to my neighbor for a few minutes then rode it up the ramp and into my truck. Drove the truck 30 minutes across town, set up my ramp, hopped on the ATV *click click click click* SON OF A B#!%)@

I believe they make battery tenders for multiple batteries to be hooked to. I need to find one because I have the XX, a sport bike and a harley all sitting in my garage. The harley always has the tender on it and I never get to put it on my stuff to keep them maintained.

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I believe they make battery tenders for multiple batteries to be hooked to. I need to find one because I have the XX, a sport bike and a harley all sitting in my garage. The harley always has the tender on it and I never get to put it on my stuff to keep them maintained.
Or just get 2 more cheap tenders. Mine was like 10 bucks at walmart.
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They do make kits for multiple ones. Just have to make sure each line has it's own relay, so it knows when to charge one and when not to. I put my bikes and stuff on them when they just sit in the garage, just b/c I know I wont be around to start them that much. What they do is charge it completely up, and then allow a slow trickle discharge, so the battery actually cycles a little bit, but the discharge is very minimal. It all depends on how much you start it up and let the quad/bike/car charge the battery up. Also, when you get these new batteries, you want to make sure they are completely charged b4 you use them, sometimes they wont come that way, and it severely shortens their life span.

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I have battery tenders on 2 4x4s, a street bike, and a riding mower. I am tired of spending $80-100 on batteries every couple of years. I just started this last year before winter. No more jump starting when I want to ride. I have the dual tender and rotate my charging every couple of weeks. This way I can make my $400 in batteries last a while. Sometimes my stuff sits for a month or two and I don't want any delays when I go to ride. It is worth the investment to me.

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