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Re: battery tender
- Subject: Re: battery tender
- From: ColoradoGSRider@xxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 18:19:09 EST
In a message dated 12/14/03 1:19:45 PM Mountain Standard Time,
> Topping up the battery didn't help, BTW. It may be toast. I'm going to
> a bigger charger, and if that doesn't help, Odyssey may have gained another
A "bigger" charger may not be the answer, Martin. TPCutter hinted at what I
see as the likely culprit... a battery whose plates are heavily sulfated. This
is a chemical reaction which occurs over time under the right set of
circumstances. What I think you need to do is "wake" the battery by de-sulfating the
plates, then begin your standard charging procedure.
This process begins by subjecting the battery to a high amperage charging
process for a period of 5 to 15 minutes. Once the crust on the plates has been
broken through, normal charging should work for you unless the battery has
simply reached the end of it's life cycle.
And for the record, I've read tests of the Odyssey battery that make me
question whether it's all it's cracked up to be. I'm not sure this isn't one of
those items that has gained a reputation which isn't necessarily deserved...
kinda like Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Brian in Boulder
'01 BMW R1150GS
'02 Yamaha WR426F
'87 Honda ATC250ES