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I located the following Black and Decker trickle charger after buying my 2008 TW knowing that Winter is around the corner. I popped off the seat with the two underside bolts, and had this thing installed in 20 minutes. Now, just a tiny receptacle appears between my plastic side panels and I can plug it in at will. The battery mount terminal rings and quick disconnects included with the kit (see link) made it a snap. If your bike has a lighter plug, you can even plug it right into that. Looks like a high quality product compared to others I have seen. It's available at Target, too.



I also went ahead (since the seat was off) and installed a marine grade 12 volt receptacle on the bars to power my phone/GPS full time while riding.



Good luck winterizing and let me know if you need more photos/info.
 

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link to the retailer:
nice job with the 12V


Thanks! Yeah, it was tough finding just the right weather-resistant 12v receptacle for my flush USB power plug. The nice thing about this one is it has a snap-on weather proof cap that covers the USB charger so rain won't get in. I finally found one in Hong Kong, but it only cost $17 bucks and about a week to ship. Mounts right to the turn signal arm so it's hidden and looks sweet and the design is sturdy. Here is the link to the retailer
 

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Just FYI



I bought a cheap Scumacher smart charger/maintainer at Walmart



It COOKED TO DEATH 2 batteries



Now I have the YUASA 6 cycle unit
 

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Just FYI



I bought a cheap Scumacher smart charger/maintainer at Walmart



It COOKED TO DEATH 2 batteries



Now I have the YUASA 6 cycle unit


So far, great luck with the Black and Decker, and it is shutting off just at the right amperage. Still seems like a good deal for the $29 at Target. I too have had bad luck with some of the lower end Shumacher products. I am sure the YUASA unit is nice...
 

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I have 8 batteries on charge all winter long. My fishing boat has 4 big deep cycle batteries alone and I keep the lawn tractor and both TW batteries hooked up full time.

Battery Tender is probably the most reliable name for storing batteries. They make single Battery Tender Jr. Models and the one for my boat is a 4 bank system. They all come with both a permanent dedicated wire to install on your battery so you just plug it in as well as alligator clips that plug in. You can get the Jr. Models for around $25 and I never had one fail or over cook a battery yet.

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I've got two different ones at home

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A lot can depend on what kind of battery you are charging. (flooded, flooded sealed, agm, gel, lithium ion & lithium iron)
I don't actually consider the Battery Tender Junior to be a battery charger. They are what they are called-Tenders and designed to keep a small trickle going through just to keep the battery active. They will charge a battery but they recommend the battery be mostly charged before you put it on the tender. At just 750 Miliamps it can take a long time to fully charge a dead battery. On my big boat batteries that stay on the tender all the time I usually give each one a zap for about an hour on a 10 Amp deep cycle charger before I go fishing and then zap them again when I get home before I hook them to the tender. These big boat batteries cost over $100 each and the best I ever got was 2 years out of any of them. Since I bought the 4 bank battery tender and keep them on it I am now on my fourth season with the same batteries. I am a believer and the unit has already paid for itself.

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i'm totally new to motos and just bought a TW 200 but not planning on riding till winter.(not much anyway) I want to keep the battery charged but not sure how. do I need a battery tender or a trickle charger. can they be the same thing. or should I just start it up and let it run, if so how often?
 

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Buy a Battery Tender Jr. It comes with a pig tail plug you can attach to your battery and leave. When ever you park your bike for a while just plug the tender to the bikes pig tail and plug the tender in the wall.
The tender has a light that starts out red and will turn solid green when it goes from charging to maintaining. Good insurance and good for the battery.

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When I switched over to a Shorai Lithium battery I also purchased one of their chargers. It is a bit of a nuisance really to pull the seat off to plug in the charger so I hope this spring to install a remote plug system. Your posting is enough of a motivation!
 

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Yes, the remote plug is so much easier than accessing tw's under seat battery, I use a small polarized plug mounted by speedo. I use plug to push power in from charger or pull power out to run small air compressor, charge phone, run gps, etc.Just wire up matching plug halves intelligently on charger, compressor, usb outlet, etc so that plug on bike has + terminal shielded and - terminal exposed, avoids short circuit. I ran wires from battery through a section of flex conduit @ steering head to protect wire from getting pinched or cut.
 

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Buy a Battery Tender Jr. It comes with a pig tail plug you can attach to your battery and leave. When ever you park your bike for a while just plug the tender to the bikes pig tail and plug the tender in the wall.
The tender has a light that starts out red and will turn solid green when it goes from charging to maintaining. Good insurance and good for the battery.

GaryL
I would like to add that I use the Battery Tender SAE pigtail to power my thermostat for my Gerbing Heated Liner and for also powering a 12v CyclePump. And if you need a usb to charge your phone Amazon.com: Battery Tender 081-0158 Black Quick Disconnect Plug with USB Charger: Automotive or worried about the voltage of you battery while you're riding/ or not. Amazon.com: Battery Tender 081-0157 Black Quick Disconnect Plug with LCD Voltage Display: Automotive
 
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