Thanks for the info, and I appreciate the welcome!
yes, It is a Walmart battery. I filled it with acid per instructions, and it said that the battery had to charge for 2-6 hours. I charged it for right around 2 hours at 2 amps.
I also hooked it up to the big charger and charged it at 10 amps for a couple of hours, and I even tried to jump it with the car, all to no avail.
Today I just hooked it back up to the 2 amp trickle charger. The light on the charger says 'charging', and so I'll wait to see if it changes to 'charged'.
But maybe I should just return the battery to Walmart? It has a warranty. I don't know much about motorcycle batteries, but someone did mention to me that the local harley dealership has better batteries that I don't have to pour acid into or charge, and that I can just hook it right up...If you think this is a battery issue that may be my best bet.
Welcome to the Vulcan madness Chris.
I hope I`m wrong, but you may have cooked the battery and warped the plates by charging at 10 amps. This is a 14 amp hour battery and ideally should never be charged at a rate higher than one tenth (1/10) of it`s rated capacity, which is 1.4 amps. The 2 amp charger is close enough that most use it with no adverse effects. Ten amps is five to seven times greater than the recommended charge rate.
Charging at a too great a rate will overheat the internal plates and cause them to warp, shorting out the cell. Check the DC voltage at the terminals of the hopefully fully charged battery. If you have substantially less than 12.5-13.5 volts, I think the battery has one or more shorted out cells. A 12 volt battery has 6 cells, each of which generates about 2.2 volts (13.2 v total).
Take the battery back to Walmat for a load test. Don`t mention the 10 amp charging unless specifically asked how you charged it. Hopefully they will honor the warranty and replace the battery.
Is your battery a regular wet cell style with removeable caps for adding distilled water?
Or is it a Maintenance Free-AGM battery that has a sealing strip snapped into place after the electrolyte was poured into the cells?
The MF-AGM battery is the one you want. Upgrade from the regular wet cell battery with the removable caps, if that is what you bought originally. Although it is more expensive to buy initially, it will give better and longer service and work out to be more economical in the long run.
FYI, MF batteries can be purchased at two different levels of readiness to use. The first is with the electrolyte already installed and the battery precharged,
OR often for a few dollars less you buy a kit with the electrolyte in 6 little plastic bottles all joined together in a row, that you pour in the battery case yourself and charge it for several hours at home.
Both these option may or may not be available at all suppliers.
The Harley dealer will almost certainly be more expensive. If you can`t find a suitable supplier locally, this ebay source is a high quality battery at a reasonable price.