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PostSubject: Battery time?    Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:19 pm

I suspect my battery is getting low. Can you guys describe what I will experience with a low and near failing battery?

And what to replace it with? Something from wal mart or the bike shop?

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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:34 pm

When I bought my 04 used it had a bad battery, and the seller knew this so he provided me with a new battery for my journey back home from Oklahoma City to NM. Good thing he did, 'cuz after my motel overnight, when I went to continue my trip home the next morning, the battery was dead. I put in the new battery and it's been in there for four years now. I take it out of the bike in the winter and keep it charged up with a Battery Tender Junior. I think this has helped its longevity.

What you'll probably experience with a failing battery is that it won't hold a charge, meaning that you may need to remove it and charge it up, or you may need to have it jump started. Once it's charged up or jump started it'll keep going as long as the engine is running and the alternator is providing a continuous charge, but when you turn it off and leave it a while, you may not be able to start up your bike.

Here's a link to a battery that some people apparently have bought and liked - based on some forum posts I've read. I'm thinking I might get this one when I need a new battery:
http://www.powerstarsla.com/PM912L41.html



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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:08 am

I have had my battery for 3+ years. I put in on my Battery Tender Jr. each time I return home and it always stays charged and cranks even if I overnight somewhere on a trip.
I would like to know how to assess the status of the battery in terms of its lifetime. I do not want to keep it charged on the battery tender, leave home and have it fail somewhere down the road.
Is there a good way to tell how much time is left in it? thanks billc.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:06 am

Not really any way to guarantee the shape of your battery... Most shops can load test one but I have had them test good and the battery goes dead anyhow. A rule of thumb I go by is to REPLACE the battery between 3-4 years without fail, sooner if any problems crop up. This applies to my cars and truck but not my Trail 90's. The 90's have crappy batteries so I generally replace at 2 years (at 15 bucks why not?).

Some people tell me I am disposing of batteries early and costing me $$$ but if you are out in a National Park somewhere and your battery craps out it will cost MUCH more. I prefer to replace from Wal-Mart, Costco or the like at MY convenience. YMMV
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:49 am

Glenn, Have you been able to find a "OEM equivalent" Silverwing battery at Wal-mart or Costco for $15.00? Let me know the model # please and I will look into getting one. billc.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:59 am

billc. wrote:
Glenn, Have you been able to find a "OEM equivalent" Silverwing battery at Wal-mart or Costco for $15.00? Let me know the model # please and I will look into getting one. billc.

Nice try! No the 15 bucks was referring to the 6 volt units for the CT90's. My Silver Wing is a 2012 so not in the market for a few years. Was speaking in generality... santa
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:55 pm

AFAIK, my 02 Swing still has the original battery that I've never had to put on a charger, even after storing for the winter. (Admittedly short here in horrible awful Tennessee)
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:14 pm

Hey guys I need some advice with the battery I picked up.

I went to the local bike shop and they said a WPS factory sealed battery was recommended. I paid 85 bucks out the door I think.

Anyway inside a note says

Never use fast charging and that over charging will ruin the battery. Constant voltage charge 14.4-15.0V

What does that mean exactly? Does it mean my speed charger/maintainer in 6 and 12 volt options is usless?

I was told I should charge it up to top it off by the guy at the shop but I don't know if my charger will ruin it or not? My charger is a 1.5 amp

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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:41 pm

Find a bike battery charger, they usually put out about 1 amp. Car battery chargers are much higher and no good for small bike batteries. fast charging any battery is not the best idea, it is like fast tracking to the battery shop.
Trickle chargers can put out too high an amperage so take care.

Ride often and long is the best way to maintain your battery and your inner self. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:45 pm

My battery charger IS made for Bikes and lawnmowers.

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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:49 am

SilverwingInIdaho wrote:
My battery charger IS made for Bikes and lawnmowers.


Then it should be suitable for your Silverwing. If there is a 'fast charging' switch then as the included note says Dont Use It.
In fact I would see if there was a way to disable it.

My post was advice for all.

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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:12 pm

I guess I am going to haul the bat and charger into the shop and let them figure it out. If I have to buy a charger just for this battery I am going to tell them it's not made me a happy customer.

Does anyone use Wal Mart batteries in their wings?
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:27 pm

I use one of these, when it's not the bike it's on the car. (It has limited functions on the car but will keep it charged).

http://www.ctek.com/gb/en/chargers/mc
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:31 am

SilverwingInIdaho wrote:


Does anyone use Wal Mart batteries in their wings?

Not sure how that would work. Do they make a AGM battery? Since the Wing uses a horizontal battery mount I would worry about battery fluid leaking out?
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:28 pm

I'm having some electrical problems with my Wing right now. I got a new battery from Batteries Plus and still having problems. I borrowed a battery from a friends Wing and right on the side of the battery is Wall Mart, he has never had any complaints about it leaking.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:02 pm

When I needed a battery, I checked at Wal-Mart. They listed a AGM battery, but it had to be special ordered. I didn't pursue the matter, since I neded the battery that day.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery time?    Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:23 pm

GHM-PM wrote:
SilverwingInIdaho wrote:


Does anyone use Wal Mart batteries in their wings?

Not sure how that would work. Do they make a AGM battery? Since the Wing uses a horizontal battery mount I would worry about battery fluid leaking out?

That could be a worry. Good thing the bike shop told me my bat and charger are fine, the battery is sealed.
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