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Just installed a Vector brand battery charger. (What else you gonna do on a Saturday with a forecast of possibly 6 to 12 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. And it was sunny and 80 degrees just 3 days ago!) Cost $16.97 at Wal Mart versus Harleys Battery Tender Jr. at $39.95. Anyone care to comment on either the Vector or the Battery Tender Jr.? Do you feel it has extended the life of your battery? Any problems you may have had. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.
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I have a battery tender jr. I only use it if the bike's going to be sitting for an extended period of time, like during the winter. This past winter, though, I never had to use it because we managed to get out and ride at least once a month with a mild day.
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Have H-D brand. Works great over winter, but haven't used it "routinely" since it's such a PITA to remove the battery (2004 1220R)...
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Have H-D brand. Works great over winter, but haven't used it "routinely" since it's such a PITA to remove the battery (2004 1220R)...
If your battery tender came with the pig tail just install it on the batter terminals and when you need to hook it up just pull it out from the left side cover and hook it up. That is what I do becasue it is a b to take the battery out.
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

Never thought of that (Duh!). Any fear of shorting (via water, etc., or is that not likely since the plugs are polarity-protected?)

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I've been using a battery tender for a couple of years on my marine batteries. Works great. I would get the model that de-sulfates the battery plates also. Makes the battery last longer.
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The Vector also has the pigtail. Hangs just under the seat and is simple to get at when plugging in. I see no need to use it during the riding season. Bought it mainly to hook up during the winter. On the Corbins Ride On TV show a couple weeks back they did a segment on the Battery Tender. They claim that by keeping your battery at full charge you can considerably extend the life of your battery.

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I use the HD battery tender junior which comes with a little kit (pig tail) for older bikes (and has a cap to seal off the connection when not in use). My '05 came with it pre installed (got to have it with the alarm which sucks juice even when it's not 'on'...it's actually always on) It has a green LED when in maintain mode and red when it's charging. Works well so far.
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Just installed a Vector brand battery charger. (What else you gonna do on a Saturday with a forecast of possibly 6 to 12 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. And it was sunny and 80 degrees just 3 days ago!) Cost $16.97 at Wal Mart versus Harleys Battery Tender Jr. at $39.95. Anyone care to comment on either the Vector or the Battery Tender Jr.? Do you feel it has extended the life of your battery? Any problems you may have had. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.
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Sounds like you bought a charger. A tender or float charger is something totally different. You can get them at auto stores for about 28 bucks.
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The Battery Tender, Battery Minder, and other well known brands are "automatic" battery chargers. They test as they charge and go into a maintenance mode when the battery is fully charged.

The regular battery tender [1.25 amps] cost about $100.00 here. The same one in the USA usually cost about $35.00 or less. Canadian tire has their own brand for about $40.00.

At $16.95 are you sure it is automatic? If not it could overcharge the battery if left connected for too long.

I leave mine attached every night so it is fully charged for that morning startup. Especially important in the very cold early spring and late fall.
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