Can I use a car charger to charge my motorcycle battery?
You actually can, because both car and motorcycle batteries are 12 volt batteries. However, the much larger car batteries charge at a higher amperage that can quickly fry a smaller motorcycle battery. If you do use a car charger make sure to use one that has adjustable current settings and don’t charge it at anything higher than 2-4amps, and use a voltmeter to make sure you don’t overcharge it. The recommended way, however, is to simply use a smart charger rated for a motorcycle battery for worry-free charging.
How long will my battery last?
That all depends on you my friend! While most batteries can be counted on to last about 3 years when taken care of properly, there is a lot that you can do to change that – you can baby a battery and get 5-6 years out of it, or treat it like crap and kill it before it’s first birthday.
The most common thing that riders do to ruin a battery is let them die completely repeatedly. The nature of a lead-acid battery is such that it becomes permanently damaged and loses part of its charging capacity every time it runs down, and this can only happen a handful of times with these batteries before they are dead for good.
How does this happen? A few of the most common reasons are:
- Letting a bike sit for long periods of time
- Only ever riding short distances (this does not allow the bike’s charging system to fully recharge the battery)
- Running excessive electrical accessories on a bike (these drain the battery much quicker than a stock bike would)
- Faulty or incorrectly installed accessories or wiring
- Using the wrong type of charger and over/undercharging
Do I have to fill my battery with acid? How do I do it?
This depends on the type of battery you choose. Here at Bike Bandit, you can choose between a conventional battery that comes completely dry that you fill with electrolyte yourself, one that comes with pre-measured acid-filled tubes that you simply pour into the battery when you receive it, or batteries that are filled and the factory and sealed so you never have to deal with a drop of battery acid yourself. Most of our customers opt for maintenance-free batteries that are filled and sealed at the factory, but you can save a few bucks by choosing a battery you fill with acid yourself if you’re comfortable doing it.