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Electrical problem I removed my battery to add water to it, when I replaced it, no lights went on. The battery was on a trickle charge. I checked all the fuses and didn't find any blown.

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  • ssduke42 Dec 30, 2008

    I didn't have a charger, just put it back on the trickle charge. I'm thinking I need to buy a new battery. Any suggestions on a good battery?

  • kwd27 May 11, 2010

    Did you recharge it after adding water?

  • Van_Kerr May 11, 2010

    Have you connected battery correct way round and/or charged it up correct 'poled' ? Have a good look at the fuses and if possible connect a multimeter across them and check for continuity. It has been known for fuses to visibily look OK. Has battery been fully charged and reading 12 volts + ?

    Let us know how you get on.



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Hi ....... Depends on your budget, lead acid, sealed acid, gel ........ left to right, £35 - £85 depending on type you choose. Sould last 1-5 years.

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Connecting a trickle charger to a 2011 harley sporster

Hi, Anonymous the best way to charge a battery is slowly. I like to use this analogy, would you rather be awakened from a deep sleep with gentle nudging or a violent kick in the rear.
1. Remove battery and check for corroded or damaged terminals clean any dirt, corrosion or electrolyte that is on top of the battery as this will cause premature battery drain, inspect for cracks and swollen/expanded sides which are a sign of overheating and replacement should be seriously considered.
2. Acid plate type batteries should be checked with a hydrometer with recorded readings for each cell to be compared with after charging readings and for sulfation, the cell will appear milky, and incorrect acid level. Fill low levels with distilled water to upper level and remove acid from over filled cells with hydrometer until the level is at upper mark and dispose of acid in the sink mixed with a quart/litre of water.
3. Connect a voltmeter set on the DC scale to the battery and record the reading for comparison after charging.
4. Attach a drain hose that is not pinched, kinked, or plugged to the nipple on acid plate type batteries and let the other end hang into a plastic or styrofoam cup.
5. Connect a 1-2 amp trickle charger that has automatic charge rate reduction if possible and let charge for 24 hours.
6. After charging recheck each cell with a hydrometer a 100% fully charged cell will have a specific gravity reading of 1.270-1.280 and 1.180-1.190 has only a 25% charge battery should be load tested and considered for replacement if necessary. Reconnect your voltmeter and
any readings in the 10-volt range means you have a dead cell and the battery needs to be replaced. Readings between any 2 cells of 50 points or more indicate the battery has failed and needs to be replaced.
7. No maintenance AGM or GEL batteries need to have a voltmeter reading of 12.8-13 volts for a full 100% charge and 12.2 volts is only a 25% charge and should be load tested and replaced if necessary.
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I left the ignition on and the battery went dead. now the battery wont hold a charge. i can charge overnight starts right away. ride for 30 mins. turn off and it wont restart.

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Is it OK to charge a Kawasaki 250 Ninja battery with a regular battery charger at low level charge? I let the battery run down on the bike.. I am wondering of the hazards of charing my bike battery...

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You have either a battery problem or a charging problem. Check the battery fluid level if yours is a serviceable battery, and add water if necessary. Use distilled, or at least purified water - never add tap water to a battery. Check the battery cables and make sure that they are tight and clean. If you see any corrosion, remove the cables and clean them and the battery terminals with a battery brush, wire brush, or sandpaper. NOTE: always remove the NEGATIVE cable first, and connect it last. If the light remains on after you service the battery you will need a new battery, alternator, or other charging system component, and you'll need to take the car to a competent mechanic for a system analysis.

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