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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2006, 7:59 pm Thread Starter
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Battery Tender Plus

Hmmm.. I have a Battery Tender Plus, and I just plugged it into my '03KRS which hasn't been ridden in two weeks, and and the tender immediately went to green. I unplugged it and plugged it back in, same thing. What does that mean? I need a new tender?
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Hmmm.. I have a Battery Tender Plus, and I just plugged it into my '03KRS which hasn't been ridden in two weeks, and and the tender immediately went to green. I unplugged it and plugged it back in, same thing. What does that mean? I need a new tender?
I'd start the bike, and if it starts like it was run yesterday, you're good. The only drain would be the clock in stock form, and maybe you have a good, strong battery. If the bike cranks over slowly or sluggishly, you may have a suspect battery first, tender second.



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Starts right up

Yeah, the bike starts right up. I didn't expect that I had a battery problem, but this is the first time, EVER, that the tender has gone directly to green. I guess I'm a pessimist. In my mind, anything that happens out of the ordinary has to be a bad thing.
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If you have the adaptors, hook the tender to your auto battery and see if it stays on red for a while.

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No adapters

Hi Bruce,

Don't have any adapters. But that's a good thought. I'm thinking I will just ignore this for a while and try again, maybe in another couple of weeks. If it still goes directly to green, I'm not going to putter with it, I'll just buy a new one. Such is life in our consumer-oriented, throw-away society, huh?

I just got a promotion, which means I have to give up my company car (it's a job-specific perk), so I'll be back to commuting by bike. So I'll have less use for a battery tender anyway.
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My BMW batt. tender stays on green all the time... Even when not plugged into the bike... Is there a red lite someplace??.............Regards Pete
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Hi Bruce,

Don't have any adapters. But that's a good thought. I'm thinking I will just ignore this for a while and try again, maybe in another couple of weeks. If it still goes directly to green, I'm not going to putter with it, I'll just buy a new one. Such is life in our consumer-oriented, throw-away society, huh?

I just got a promotion, which means I have to give up my company car (it's a job-specific perk), so I'll be back to commuting by bike. So I'll have less use for a battery tender anyway.
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Try this: With the Battery Tender connected to your bike (and the indicator light in green), activate the brake light. It should eventually turn the Tender green light to red (because the Tender will experience lower voltage). When you deactivate the brake light then eventually the red indicator light should turn back to green.

I have four different Tenders (Regular, Plus, Junior and the Waterproof) and they all behave pretty much the same

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My battery tender has 3 leds, Green, Yellow, Red. Because it just uses zener diodes on each led to reference the battery voltage (which goes up when you switch the unit on!) The leds are highly innacurate. Mine are on all the time. I occasionally check the charge current and if I see circa 500mA I know the battery is low, if it's running about 100mA I know the battery is up and in trickle.

The best battery charge voltage indicator I have built for lead acid used an LM3914 led bargraph chip, but you won't get that in these overpriced simple tenders.



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I have 2 battery tenders plugged in all the time. If I take a bike for a ride even all day and plug it in right when I get back the battery tenders have always gone red for a very short time and then green. All the directions that I remember reading I thought indicated that it sort of went through a series as the amperage was being picked up. I could be wrong on that but none the less mine always go red even if they have been plugged in an they are green. If I unplug even for just a moment they go red first.
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mine always go red even if they have been plugged in an they are green. If I unplug even for just a moment they go red first.
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Such is my experience also, hence my immediate attention when mine went directly to green without flashing red even once. I like the brake pedal idea. It's a simple test, so I might try that this weekend.
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