Battery charger

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So having left the bike for 3 months the battery is now flat. Any recommendations for chargers?
 
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I use an Optimate 2 for mine, have the leads attatched to the battery permanently, then only have to plug it in if it needs charging.
 
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Optimate 4 I use.

Only thing I don't like about it is it doesn't give a digital readout. Other than that it's been spot on.
 
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Hmm well picked up a Oxford Oximiser 900 on the way home and it does nothing. Just sits on 0 volts and 0 amps. Put a multimeter on the battery and it reads just under 12 volts.
 
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You've got it attached the right way, yes? :p

It should give you a warning light if anything is wrong, the LCD should light up and indicate if it's on bulk charge/maintain etc.
 
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You've got it attached the right way, yes? :p

It should give you a warning light if anything is wrong, the LCD should light up and indicate if it's on bulk charge/maintain etc.

Yup, green light. I even tested the wrong way to see if it warned, which it did. Screen lights up, no mention of what it's doing.
 
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Does it have some sort of recovery programme it's running maybe? That's what the Optimates do on a dead battery, they will try pulse recovery or something like that, so it might just be pulsing it?
 
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Does it have some sort of recovery programme it's running maybe? That's what the Optimates do on a dead battery, they will try pulse recovery or something like that, so it might just be pulsing it?

It should say on the screen. In the end I took it back and just bought a new battery. The old one was original and had been in the bike for 8 years!
 
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CTEK MXS 0.8.

I had two Oxford Oximiser before which killed my batteries. I won't touch anything other than CTEK now, I own a MXS0.8 and MXS5.0 for my bikes, the 5.0 is capable of quick charges and charging bigger batteries - I used it on my car (big battery for a diesel) last year when it was off the road and it was spot on.
 
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I have a Gear Gremlin (though it wasn't made by them when I got it years ago) and a maypole A4 battery charger.

I much prefer the maypole, it has a digital read out and can fast, trickle and smart charge the battery. It's also cheap at 23 quid.
 
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