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|Battery Charging Information
The most common mistake
made by purchasers of sealed, maintenance-free batteries is that they feel
that no care is necessary since they are maintenance-free. This is
almost true except for maintaining a charge on your battery. The worst
thing you can do to any battery is allow the battery to go into a prolonged
period of deep discharge. Often, the battery will fail to charge
again. This usually happens during off-seasons when no riding occurs.
You will extend your battery life by using a battery charger (sometimes
called a battery maintainer) to keep your battery charged when you are not
riding (see Seasonal Riding below). Your battery life can be shortened
dramatically by allowing the battery to deeply discharge. However, the
type of charger is very important. Listed below are the requirements
for properly charging your battery.
an automatic battery charger. You should use a charger that will
charge your sealed battery to a full charge and then trickle charge
automatically to keep it at a peak charge. Examples of such chargers
are the Westco Accumate 6 and 12 volt, 2 amp Three Stage Regulated
Charger-Maintainer (part #
the UPG 12 volt, 2 amp Dual Stage Regulated Charger-Maintainer (part #
71746) as shown
on our site under Chargers. Other excellent chargers are the Battery
Tender, Battery Doc, Battery Tender Plus, etc.
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charge your battery at an amperage more than 1/6 the rated capacity of
your battery. For example, it you have a 7 amp-hour battery, you
should not charge it at an amperage of more than 1 amps. If you have
an 18 amp-hour battery, you can charge it at a maximum of 3 amps.
Therefore, most battery chargers offer charging amperage of from ½ amp up
to 2 amps. NOTE: NEVER USE AN AUTOMOBILE BATTERY CHARGER ON YOUR
POWER SPORT SEALED BATTERY.
voltage is also very important. Most battery chargers will charge
your sealed Power Sport battery at around 14.4 volts and then float charge
at around 13.6 volts. Charging your sealed Power Sport battery at
too high a voltage or current can cause your battery to swell and expand
and hence ruin your battery.
Seasonal Riding ... If you are a seasonal rider,
we recommend removing your battery from your Power Sport vehicle and storing
the battery in a climate controlled environment, if possible. Your
automatic battery charger should remain connected to your battery throughout
the non-riding season which will keep your battery peaked and will not allow
your battery to go into a deep discharge. Otherwise, put a full charge
on your battery every 4 weeks during long periods of not riding.
REMEMBER, ALLOWING YOUR SEALED POWER SPORT BATTERY TO DEEPLY DISCHARGE
SHORTENS THE LIFE OF THE BATTERY and WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
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