5 Reasons Why A Motorcycle Battery Charger Should Be On Your Shopping List
Car battery chargers are common items of vehicle maintenance equipment theyre cheap, portable and easy to use. But if you ride a motorcycle, a battery charger is often one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in the average bikers workshop. There are several good reasons why (if you havent already bought one) a motorcycle battery charger should be on your shopping list.
Motorcycle batteries are much smaller than car batteries and loose their charge relatively quickly. Wet cell batteries also require topping up with distilled water more often, and when carrying out regular maintenance on a motorcycle battery they may require a booster charge to bring them back up to the correct voltage. Motorcycle battery chargers quickly recharge the average motorcycle battery, getting you back on the road within minutes rather than having to wait overnight for the battery to charge.
Motorcycle batteries are exposed to the elements to a much higher degree than car batteries, and so are more susceptible to losing their charge due to cold weather. Motorcycle battery chargers are designed to deliver a rapid charge to a battery that has been affected by cold weather, enabling you to start the engine quickly and use the motorcycles internal charging system to finish the job.
A motorcycle battery charger is compact, taking up very little room in your garage or workshop. If you carry out your own servicing, detaching the battery and doing a full check and recharge means that your battery is ready for action when the next sunny day comes along. This means that you can get out and enjoy a good ride without having the frustration of a bike that wont start because the battery is flat!
Letting the battery run flat repeatedly can actually damage the internal plates that are an integral part of the batterys structure. This can become expensive very quickly, as motorcycle batteries are costly items. A motorcycle battery charger will pay for itself very quickly by keeping your battery in tiptop condition. It also means that you are doing your bit for the environment as batteries cannot be recycled and go to landfill. By maintaining your battery, youre saving money and the environment.
Another good reason to use a motorcycle battery charger is to incre
ase the potential lifespan of the battery itself. Motorcycle batteries take lots of abuse, from heat and vibration to weak charging systems and too many power-draining accessories. If youre a dedicated all-weather rider, accessories such as heated grips or even fog lights can quickly drain a small battery. Once the bike has been parked up attaching a trickle charger will boost the battery, ensuring that its ready to go when you next start the bike up.
If youre serious about motorcycle riding or just a fair weather rider who only takes the bike out on sunny days, motorcycle battery chargers are a must-have item in your workshop. You check the oil, you check the petrol so why not check the battery? Without it, your bike isnt going anywhere and youre missing out on all those fun rides for the sake of a flat battery. Motorcycle battery chargers are cheap, portable and efficient and if you havent invested in one already, they should definitely be put on the top of your shopping list.
By: Alan Cooke
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Batteries are needed for about everything out there. From your remote control on your TV to your child’s toys. Now that I think of it, what doesn’t need a battery? Instead of going out each and every month to purchase a pack of 4 batteries for $8. Why not consider getting rechargeable batteries?
Why should I get rechargeable batteries?
It’s going to save money — For starters, you’re going to save a lot of money. It only should run you around $20-$30 to start up and buy your kit. You’re only going to need the rechargeable part once, and after that, you can purchase as many batteries as you like.
Always have batteries — I know that there has been a time in your house when you need a battery for a camera, toy, or something. You dig through your drawers and you can can’t find anything! Yes, that is rather annoying. With a charger, you can have some within minutes if you don’t have them charged yet.
Go on the go — The cool thing about most of them these days is that you’re able to take them on the go. The pack that I have comes equipped with a cool car charger. I can plug it into my car and from there, I can use them while I’m on road trips, vacations, and more.
What should I look for in a charger?
Reviews — See what works for other people. I have seen people purchase one, and the batteries don’t hold the charge, or they get so frustrated that they just give up on the product. Use the Internet to your advantage and see what other people recommend.
Battery life — What is the average battery life for the kit that you’re considering? You will want something that lasts. What I have found with batteries is that they don’t last long after the charge, if you’re not using them. If you just let them sit there, you will find that when you put them back into something, you may have to charge them again.
What kind of kit would you recommend?
I would take a good look at the following brands.
Sanyo — This brand received the highest marks online. Everyone loves them and they seem to be the best of the best.
Sony — Sony, the brand that everyone knows has a good charger as well.
Check out my top 4 rechargeable batteries and charger list. These are the ones that work, as well as the ones that other recommend.
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