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Re: Battery vs. Tender

In a message dated 12/13/03 9:15:38 AM, lodahl@xxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

>  Other trips through the charge cycle leave
> the Tender convinced that all is well and it just needs to keep a light
> float on it, but there's not even enough to make the ABS happy, suggesting
> that the voltage may be fine but the amperage is not.

I personally like an electronically controlled auto charger that has a 2 amp 
cycle. The battery tender is a limited purpose device (tender), and tends 
(pun) to be overpriced on a feature benefit basis. A good auto charger is 
versatile and can be used on car batteries (10 Amps) also. They cost the same as a 
battery tender, are at least as automatic, and most have a meter to boot.
Battery voltage has a linear relationship to specific gravity of the 
electrolyte, which is the indicator of charge. If the battery charges to the proper 
voltage, but will not function, you may have an internal short (sulfation?). At 
any rate, I'd put the battery on a charger at no more than 2 amps and if that 
doesn't do it, replace the battery.
Bruce   '94 R1100RS