Motorcycle and ATV batteries are to many times cut short on life expectancy due to lack of understanding how to maintain these small batteries. We here at bestbatterytips.com are going to try and help you get more out of your motorcycle battery and ATV battery.
Motorcycle batteries and ATV batteries were not designed to be charged by automotive chargers. They can not handle the 6-10 amp charging rate that is common with automotive chargers. Never use more than a 2 amp charger and it would behove you to use a trickle charger. Chargers like the ones made by Battery Tender, are a excellent fit for small batteries. Battery Tender chargers will bring the battery back up slowly, and without overheating the battery. To many times using a automotive charger, the battery will get hot and boil. Never allow the electrolyte in the battery to reach 115 degrees while charging. Anytime that happens you can kiss that battery goodbye.
Motorcycle and ATV Batteries need to be topped off every 2 weeks if they are not in use. Disconnect the battery from the machines anytime for extended park times. Just because the ignition is off doesn’t mean there is still not a drain on the battery. Motorcycle and ATV batteries discharge at 1% a day, so don’t expect to walk out into your garage 3 months later and fire it right up. Don’t just figure you will charge it back up again, because the damage to the battery will have already been done. Once a battery gets sulfation on the plates, its ability to move electrons as efficiently is lost. The battery will then not have the cranking ability it was designed to have. The manufacturers say the number 1 reason for short lifespans on smaller batteries is the seasons that the machines are not being used the consumers are not keeping the batteries charged. That’s why I would recommend purchasing a Battery Tender as well. The Battery Tender can be hooked up to your machine in the off months, and will turn off and on as needed to keep your battery at 100 percent charge. You know what that means don’t you? That’s money in the bank for you when spring rolls around.
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