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Offline GrandTheftMoto

Harbor Freight battery tender
« on: 05/15/17 12:03PM »
Anyone have any experience / feed back using a harbor freight battery tender on their motorcycle ?

Centech 750Ma
Cen-Tech® - Item#62813
This float charger keeps your 12 volt automotive type battery fully charged and ready to use


https://m.harborfreight.com/12-volt-deluxe-battery-maintainer-and-float-charger-62813.html
« Last Edit: 05/15/17 12:15PM by GrandTheftMoto »
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #1 on: 05/15/17 12:58PM »
No experience with that one, but with code NEWLEXINSITE at checkout you can get this one at 20% off, and I trust this one:
https://www.lexinmotorcycle.com/accessories/power-and-charging/lx-g1201-1000ma-7-stage-smart-automatic-battery-maintenance-charger-reconditioner-96.html

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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #2 on: 05/15/17 01:17PM »
Sorry, I've got no experience with HF stuff, but my basic Deltran Battery Tender is still going strong for 4 years now.

If you do go with the tender, make sure your full coverage and homeowner's insurance is paid up.
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #3 on: 05/15/17 02:28PM »
I've had a similar HF model for years and it works just fine.  Even after I accidentally ran over it with my truck...

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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #4 on: 05/15/17 04:59PM »
Battery tender for years...but I noticed it gets hot
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #5 on: 05/15/17 05:43PM »
Battery tender for years...but I noticed it gets hot
haha Jeff, thanks . hope you're doing well.
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #6 on: 05/15/17 05:44PM »
Sorry, I've got no experience with HF stuff, but my basic Deltran Battery Tender is still going strong for 4 years now.

If you do go with the tender, make sure your full coverage and homeowner's insurance is paid up.

haha thanks for the warning. i know its not even UL stamped on the back side. ... it's very light compared to the junior battery tender from cycle gear which i've had for years...
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #7 on: 05/15/17 05:46PM »
No experience with that one, but with code NEWLEXINSITE at checkout you can get this one at 20% off, and I trust this one:
https://www.lexinmotorcycle.com/accessories/power-and-charging/lx-g1201-1000ma-7-stage-smart-automatic-battery-maintenance-charger-reconditioner-96.html
i think i'll get the cycle gear junior battery tender. i'll have to look up the difference between the 750 Ma and the 2000 ma.?
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #8 on: 05/15/17 05:46PM »
Battery tender for years...but I noticed it gets hot
when i got home today the tender was very cool didn't have that issue yet, but thanks for the heads up..
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #9 on: 05/15/17 06:55PM »
I did notice this on the HF web page.

Use on fully charged 12 volt wet lead-acid or AGM batteries only. Not for gel batteries.

Not sure if the Battery Tenders are any different but this would suggest that it is only a maintainer and not a charger.
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #10 on: 05/15/17 07:48PM »
I did notice this on the HF web page.

Use on fully charged 12 volt wet lead-acid or AGM batteries only. Not for gel batteries.

Not sure if the Battery Tenders are any different but this would suggest that it is only a maintainer and not a charger.

this model says it does both. you know this is the first electrical unit i use that doesn't have underwriters laboratory on it .. haha UL where are you 
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #11 on: 05/17/17 08:38AM »
my experience with cheap battery trickle chargers is that they actually drain your battery faster than just letting it sit and starting it once a week or two.

when i had a tender (the real one) hooked up to a new battery on my bike, the battery died in less than a year (tender was used religiously during this period)

now the tender just sits there next to my bike not hooked up and my current battery in going on about 2+ years now

i went through a couple batteries before using the tender as noted above and they all lasted several years without a tender.

for the record, the bike has close to 50K miles and is on it's 5th(?) battery

i would say save your money and just start/ride the bike every couple weeks

EDIT: just fyi, the batteries have always been Yuasa OEM spec
« Last Edit: 05/17/17 08:43AM by Parc Ferme »
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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #12 on: 05/17/17 09:31AM »

My buddy has one and it doesn't seem to work right. Bike has trouble starting after sitting for a while. I have several of the Battery Tender brand. They all work great.

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Re: Harbor Freight battery tender
« Reply #13 on: 05/17/17 12:15PM »
 Thank you guys ! It's going in the thrash .. I'll get the one from cycle gear . I've had a junior battery tender for years , its time I got another one . The hf charger was so cheap and seems light lol . Not worth the drama .

Thank you for the feed back  :43: :44:
« Last Edit: 05/17/17 12:19PM by GrandTheftMoto »
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