Battery optimisers

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  1. chiari1

    chiari1 First Class Member
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    Hello folks , due to a 2 month motorcycle ban by swmbo coming up and potential problems with sprag clutches on early thunderbirds I need to buy a battery optimiser , the mention of anything to do with elastictrickery scares the siht out of me , when it says 1.5 or 2.5 amps per hour what exactly does it mean please
    kelvin
     
  2. MickEng

    MickEng Noble Member

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    Totally agree with Jack, the Optimate or similar are clever trickle chargers and can be left permanently on when your bike is parked up, automatically adjusting the level of charge so your battery is always at an optimum operating condition
     
  3. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Having tried several different bike battery chargers with mixed results. The Optimate 4 is faultless & definitely the one to buy Kelvin.
     
  4. crispey

    crispey crispey creme de la creme
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    Bugger I bought the 3!!!
     
  5. littleade

    littleade The only sane one here
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    always 1 short aren't we:D:D:D:D
     
  6. GaryM

    GaryM It's him, you know who. Him from you know ....

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    Optimate 4 is what you want make sure you get one with a suitable lead for your tractor :D
     
  7. crispey

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    #7 crispey, Feb 18, 2017
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    Oh! I always thought you were 2 short not 1
     
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  8. chiari1

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    cheers folks
     
  9. old git

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    Both my T120 and my FJR1300 are constantly on Optimate 4's. FJR battery is 8 years old and still seems good as new.
     
  10. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    I used to have an Optimate 3 but it died after relatively short service. I currantly :rolleyes: use an Aldi intelligent charger which has programs for bikes and cars and appears to work perfectly. Had it for about 18 months and totally faultless.
     
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  11. littleade

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    I am. My imaginary friend is as well so 2+2= my Optimate 4:D
     
  12. half ton

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    Yep.. I use the Aldi one as well,Great bit of kit so far:)
     
  13. crispey

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    Quick question, I plug my optimiser 3 into the sae connector thats connected to the battery, the save light lights up then moves on to the charge light then on to the green test and maintain light. Should this glow solidly? I have had it connected for 24 hrs and it is still flashing, is this a problem or not?

    Ta
     
  14. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Hi Steve, it could be an indication of: either a faulty/defunct battery or the battery charger has died.

    My guess would be the battery is not holding the charge.

    I had an Optimate 3 that died on me so I now have (via Tigcraft) an excellent Aldi intelligent charger that only cost about £13 and has various programs for bikes as well as bigger batteries from cars and other vehicles.
     
  15. crispey

    crispey crispey creme de la creme
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    Cheers Dave,
    It's definitely charging the battery. Would it be the alarm stopping it from reaching a constant full charge or even the tomtom rider dock? I shall unplug the latter. I am right in thinking that the green light should be constant at some point?
     
  16. GaryM

    GaryM It's him, you know who. Him from you know ....

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    http://accumate.co.uk/Optimate 3 Instructions.pdf
    My alarm doesn't stop mine from reaching a trickle charge state. The alarm is why I use one.
    Mine the optimate 4, so not sure if that makes a difference.
    At the top I put a link to the charger manual. It's easier to read than the booklet you get with it.
     
  17. crispey

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    cheers, so it says the light should flash for the full 12 hrs, I can only assume its good then, doesnt say anything about a steady green light.
     
  18. littleade

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    On the Optimate 4 after it's charged mine alternates between a steady green light and a flashing one. IIRC it goes steady green then monitors the battery every 30 minutes and if needed goes into the flashing green stage where it applies a maintenance charge, then goes back to steady green again. If you have an alarm fitted that's draining the battery it'll go into the flashing maintenance cycle more often?
     
  19. thebiglad

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    Hi Steve, I'm not at all pretending to know alot about Optimates, but I would have thought that it should, sooner or later, go steady green.
     
  20. crispey

    crispey crispey creme de la creme
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    Cheers again! Took a reading shortly after charge and came out as 12.7 then 7 hrs later it's 12.58v. Alarm not fully armed
     
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