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    Battery tender all year long, or only in winter(?)

    Question is this: Should I plug x750 and ATV's in to battery tenders throughout the year, or just in the winter months?

    The JD is run weekly. One of the ATV's gets run weekly, the other sits for a few weeks at a time.

    Thoughts / suggestions? Thanks, D.
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    IMO, unless you have a known battery problem (i.e. a weak battery), there is no reason to use a battery tender on any machine that is run weekly. I only use mine on batteries that are in long term storage (several months between use). If a battery can't hold a charge for a week, it's at a point where it should be replaced.
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    IMO it won’t hurt anything. So for the few seconds it takes: why not? I’m on original batteries in both ATVs (2012 and 2014) I think partly because they are plugged in when not moving. Same for my 2015 x750.



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    Won't hurt but if run weekly I wouldn't bother. Well I guess I should clarify. Run weekly as it go out and cut the yard or run weekly as in move it 10' and shut off. There is a difference. I assume you are talking to actually use it weekly.
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    Personally I keep tenders on all my equipment with batteries year round. Its just extra insurance IMHO.
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    If it starts without one, and continues to start without one, why waste/pay for, the electricity? Every once in awhile (2-3 months, throw it on) can be beneficial but there's no reason to do it all the time, on a perfectly good battery.

    I have a SAE socket (battery tender plug-in) on my machine, and only use it in cold temps (continuously <40*f). That's just because the battery needs a little more attention since it works a little harder at starting in those temps.
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    I only run the battery tender if it will be month+ between use or if it’s cold so starting is much harder for the battery to do.


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    Running a battery tender will only extend the life of your battery. I have all my sleds, atvs, boats, yard equipment, etc on tenders as often as possible. The thing here is that you only want a maintenance charge so the smallest tender draw you can find will be sufficient. I like the NOCO G750 it is all you will ever need if you are plugging in between operations. The one exception is an annual deep cell invigoration. Once per year you should hook your batteries up to a car charger at 10 amps or so and runs them on manual for about 30 minutes. This will get the deep cells moving and allow you tender to maintain them as well.

    You will also never have a sulfur issue by taking this approach. It costs nearly nothing for all my equipment to be plugged. When the maintainer is sensing low it surges to 20 watts (this is maybe 1 minute a day), generally speaking it is 1/8th of a watt to maintain a battery. Chargers do use a lot but maintainers are nothing to run.

    I also added one of these to the knock outs on my dash. NOCO - X-Connect 12V Dashmount Indicator - GC016
    It makes it really easy to charge and look factory installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swazimotto View Post
    Running a battery tender will only extend the life of your battery. I have all my sleds, atvs, boats, yard equipment, etc on tenders as often as possible. The thing here is that you only want a maintenance charge so the smallest tender draw you can find will be sufficient. I like the NOCO G750 it is all you will ever need if you are plugging in between operations. The one exception is an annual deep cell invigoration. Once per year you should hook your batteries up to a car charger at 10 amps or so and runs them on manual for about 30 minutes. This will get the deep cells moving and allow you tender to maintain them as well.

    You will also never have a sulfur issue by taking this approach. It costs nearly nothing for all my equipment to be plugged. When the maintainer is sensing low it surges to 20 watts (this is maybe 1 minute a day), generally speaking it is 1/8th of a watt to maintain a battery. Chargers do use a lot but maintainers are nothing to run.

    I also added one of these to the knock outs on my dash. NOCO - X-Connect 12V Dashmount Indicator - GC016
    It makes it really easy to charge and look factory installed.
    A little off topic but since you have a CTC FEL, having a charger port available is very important. If you have the FEL on and the battery goes dead, you can't open the hood all the way to get to the battery with the FEL on. I ran into this a few months ago. Someone (not me) got off the tractor without setting the parking brake and it shut off. That person assumed the tractor was off not noticing that the lights were on. It sat for a while I didn't realize it was off because I was busy running the chainsaw and couldn't hear that it wasn't idling. Well that person when to get back on the tractor to move it and the battery was dead. With the FEL on the tractor I couldn't hook up my big battery charger to give it a boost to start it. Luckily had a 2 pin SAE wire that is zip tied to the oil dipstick that I could get to and plug it into my little 2A battery charger/float charger. I left it for a few hours and was able to start it. Without that wire already there, I am not sure how I would have been able to get to the battery to charge it. Maybe rig up something to go to the starter for positive and ground on the frame. You have to pull the hood to get to the battery and there is no way to get to that with the FEL. If you can run the tractor you can't cycle the hydraulics to get the FEL off.


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    I use a battery maintainer year-round

    It's good in the winter, so why shouldn't it be good in the summer? I use an "intelligent" maintainer connected to a fused 2-wire connector I added. It takes seconds to hook up.

    I was NOT using a maintainer and found that my 4-year old battery would not start my machine after sitting 1 week. So, I hooked it up to the maintainer. This actually rejuvenated the battery and now the battery is about 6 years old and going strong.
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