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    So here is a stupid question about batteries

    Because of a busted up ankle I have not been on my bike in 6 weeks. Needless to say my battery is dead. I tried kickstarting to no avail. I know nothing about charging batteries. The only charger that I own is my deer feeder battery charger. Will this work on my bike battery and if so what setting should it be on? Thanks in advance!

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    order this or pick one up at Costco and we will walk you thru how to install. http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender...battery+tender

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    Thanks zdiver. My suspicion is that I need a one time charge, so I am hoping the deer feeder battery charger will do the trick. Now that I am out of the splint I will be back on the bike at least a few days a week so it should not go dead again. I am trying to avoid buying more shit! Will jump starting from my truck work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonTX View Post
    Will jump starting from my truck work?
    Yes, this will work. Do not have the truck running when you do this.

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    Now we're talking! So just hook up jumper cables without turning on the truck and hit the electric start on the TW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonTX View Post
    Now we're talking! So just hook up jumper cables without turning on the truck and hit the electric start on the TW?
    Yes.



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    And then get a battery tender.

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    Jason, glad to hear you are mended well enough to try riding again.
    If you have a wet cell battery and haven't checked electrolyte levels in a bit you may wish to do so now. This may help battery to hold a charge after jump starting.
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    What is the output - volts and amps - of the deer feeder battery charger you have?

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    Battery Tender Won't Charge Dead Battery

    I'm a big fan of Battery Tenders, have three of them around here. But note that they won't charge a flat dead battery. From the Battery Tender Jr. Instructions:

    WORKING WITH A DEAD BATTERY OR A BATTERY WITH A VERY LOW VOLTAGE:
    If you try to charge a dead battery having a voltage below 3 Volts, the BATTERY TENDER® CHARGERS will not start to charge because an internal safety circuit prevents the battery chargers from generating any DC output
    voltage.

    Their job is to keep a battery topped up, a job which they do extremely well. I've run into this (have left the ignition on once or twice ), and used an old 12V car battery charger to get the voltage high enough to get the bike started, then put in on the Tender to top it up.

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