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Trickle Charge Your Motorcycle Battery for Extended Life

By Edited Jun 4, 2014 0 1

There are people, perhaps you are one of them, who get a new bike, and as long as everything is working, they simply go with the flow and only do repairs or replace parts when they wear out or stop working. This is a mistake, and your motorcycle battery is one vital component that tends to suffer in this respect. It shouldn't.

A battery on a motorcycle has a harder life than one on a car, or other larger vehicle. For a start, it is much more exposed, which means it is much more subject to the vagaries of the weather. It experiences colder cold days, and hotter hot days, wetter wet days, and dryer dry days than a car battery that is encased in a protective box.

As it is smaller and lighter, the battery on your motorcycle is not as capable of combating all these changing elements. The result is often the replacement of the battery much earlier than need be. This of course costs you money, but it doesn't have to be like that.

A simple trickle charger used regularly whenever your bike is not in use will seriously extend the life of your battery. It will really help to offset the fact that a motorcycle battery tends to lose its charge more quickly than its car counterpart, for example. This means you will never have a flat battery resulting in your bike not starting on a cold morning. With a trickle charger in use, your battery will always be fully charged.

In cold weather this effect is even more pronounced. The relatively smaller battery can lose its charge faster than a larger car battery. Hooking your bike's battery up to a trickle charger every night will keep the battery fresh and ready for use, even on the coldest and frostiest of winter mornings.

The chemical processes within your battery tend to suffer more in cold weather as well. Keeping your battery optimally charged will help to even out the problem. This in turn will extend the useful life of your battery, thereby saving you money in the long term. It's really little more than a case of treating your battery properly so it can serve you better.

Putting the battery on your bike on charge every night will only take a minute or so. Once you get used to the idea, it simply becomes part of parking your bike for the evening. If you are a weekend biker, then it makes even more sense to look after your battery with a good trickle charger.



Jul 20, 2012 11:27pm
Very informative. Trickle charge takes much longer, but this can b done while u sleep.
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