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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-22-2007, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Recharging a battery

I have never done this before and I thought it should be pretty simple but the directions leave a lot to be desired and now have me pretty nervous. I was under the assumption that I would remove the battery cables and then hook the charger up pos to pos and neg to neg and trickle charge it but from reading the directions it gives me 2 ways.

1 is with battery in vehicle and grounded to vehicle. It reads as if it were a car battery even though it is not. It is the Schumaker Battery Companion which was suggested by ccspinner to use. It gives direction on hooking it up if it is neg grounded and also if it pos grounded. Do I leave the battery cables hooked up and if this is the step to use, is it pos or neg grounded.

2 is with battery out of charger and not grounded and it says to take a jumper cable minimum of 24" and hook it to the neg post and then hook the battery charger pos lead to the pos terminal. It then says to take the neg cable and hook it to the jumper cable attached to the neg cable.

Am I understanding this correctly? I do not want to do anything that could cause the battery to explode or to injure myself. Thanks!!

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I have a Battery Tender, something similar to the one you mention. It too has the pigtail which gets attached to the battery. When using the pigtail, it's just like attaching the clamps from the charger directly to the battery itself. Did the one you have come with the pigtail cord?

If so, just hook the pigtail up to the battery (red to positive, black to negative) and plug the charger into that.


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Okay yes it has a red end and black end that hook directly to the screws and I guess can stay on permanently and then you plug the battery charger quick release into the quick release on that end. Is that correct? I leave the battery cables attached when I put those on as well right? I just want ot make sure I don't damage my bike or hurt myself, sorry if I seem a little over-cautious lol

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I have a Battery Tender, something similar to the one you mention. It too has the pigtail which gets attached to the battery. When using the pigtail, it's just like attaching the clamps from the charger directly to the battery itself. Did the one you have come with the pigtail cord?

If so, just hook the pigtail up to the battery (red to positive, black to negative) and plug the charger into that.
That is how I did mine.
The plug sits under the right side cover.

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I just want to make sure on this point, I leave the motorcycle battery cables hooked up as well, correct?
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Okay yes it has a red end and black end that hook directly to the screws and I guess can stay on permanently and then you plug the battery charger quick release into the quick release on that end. Is that correct? Yes
I leave the battery cables attached when I put those on as well right? Yes
I just want ot make sure I don't damage my bike or hurt myself, sorry if I seem a little over-cautious lol
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Yes you can hook up the pigtale and leave the batt cables hooked up, that way you can charge the batt without removing the seat.

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Thank you very much, I thought that was correct but didn't want to take any chances. I am sooo ready to get my bike running and start riding and I am soo close I can taste it lol.
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One more quick question, the battery nor the box say what the voltage is. I am guessing a 6 volt but want to make sure.
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We have 12V battery's

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