Contributed Tech Stuff - Battery Tenders & Chargers

Contributed by F. Robert Falbo


Disclaimer: Information and ideas contained in this section are solely those of the contributor(s) and not those of Harley-Davidson®, Harley-Davidson® of Uica, H.O.G.®, or the Erie Canal H.O.G.® Chapter.



What battery Tender/Charger you choose depends on what you want to do, and the type of battery you have. There are three basic types of motorcycle batteries...
Most Harleys came with regular old Flooded batteries up until around 2000, when Harley switched to AGM batteries. This can present a problem for owners that are used to the older Flooded batteries and have old or cheap battery chargers. The problem is that while chargers for flooded batteries typically charged at 15+ volts, AGM batteries typically charge at 14.5 volts and require a specific charger pattern, which is why most AGM chargers are computer controlled. Lithium-Ion/Iron batteries also require a different charging pattern, and chargers should list Lithium-Ion support if you have one of those batteries. Leaving an AGM or Lithium-Ion battery on an old Flooded battery charger is a sure way to shorten the life of that battery. If you're not sure what battery your bike came with, check the Owner's Manual or check the label on the battery.
So now that you've decided to buy a battery charger/tender, how do you hook it up to the battery? Well, a while back Harley actually decided to help you out by including a "Battery Tender" connector on their bikes. Most places refer to it as an SAE connector.
You may find it sticking out on either side of your bike, or you may not have one at all. If you have one, you're all set. If you don't, you can purchase one from your Dealer, or have your Dealer install one for you - they're only $9 from H-D®, Part# 94624-97B.
Now your next decision whether you want a battery charger, a battery tender, or one that does both. Battery Tenders typically output from 500ma (1/2 Amp) to 1500ma (1-1/2 Amps), while chargers typically start at 2000ma (2 Amps) and go up, but the new computer controlled Charger-Tenders now run the gamut. Personally, I bought a 2 Amp computer controlled unit that does both, but the choice is up to you - if you only want to maintain the charge over the Winter, an 800ma unit may be just fine, and reasonably cost effective.



MANUFACTURER MODEL NUMBER LEAD ACID A.G.M. LITHIUM VOLTAGE CURRENT POLARITY PROTECTION SHORT PROTECTION CHARGING PROGRAM AUTOMATIC DESULFATOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION S.A.E. TERMINAL ALLIGATOR CLIPS WARRANTY LIST PRICE INFORMATION LINKS
BATTERY TENDER 021-0123 YES YES 12V 0.75A YES 4-STEP YES 5-YEARS $39.95 021-0123
BATTERY TENDER 022-0199-DL-WH YES YES YES 12V 0.80A YES YES 4-STEP YES YES 5-YEARS $44.95 022-0199-DL-WH
BATTERY TENDER 022-0185G-DL-WH YES YES 12V 1.25A YES 4-STEP YES YES 5-YEARS $69.95 022-0185G-DL-WH
BATTERY TENDER 022-0150-DL-WH YES YES 12V 0.80A YES YES 4-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $52.50 022-0150-DL-WH
BATTERY TENDER 022-0211-DL-WH YES YES 6V-12V 1.25A YES 4-STEP 5-YEARS $69.95 022-0211-DL-WH
BATTERY TENDER 022-0202-COS YES YES 6V-12V 3.0A YES YES 4-STEP 5-YEARS 74.95 022-0202-COS
BATTERY TENDER 022-0209-DL-WH YES YES 6V-12V 4.0A YES 4-STEP YES YES 5-YEARS $79.95 022-0209-DL-WH
BATTERY TENDER 022-0186G-DL-WH YES 12V 5.0A YES YES 4-STEP YES 5-YEARS $99.95 022-0186G-DL-WH
BATTERY MINDER 1500 YES 12V 1.5A YES YES 7-STEP YES YES YES YES 5-YEARS $54.95 1500
BATTERY MINDER 1510 YES 12V 1.5A YES YES 7-STEP YES YES YES YES 10-YEARS $64.95 1510
BATTERY MINDER 2012 YES 12V 2.0A YES YES 7-STEP YES YES YES YES 5-YEARS $89.95 2012
BATTERY MINDER 2012-AGM YES 12V 2.0A YES YES 7-STEP YES YES YES YES 5-YEARS $99.95 2012-AGM
MANUFACTURER MODEL NUMBER LEAD ACID A.G.M. LITHIUM VOLTAGE CURRENT POLARITY PROTECTION SHORT PROTECTION CHARGING PROGRAM AUTOMATIC DESULFATOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION S.A.E. TERMINAL ALLIGATOR CLIPS WARRANTY LIST PRICE INFORMATION LINKS
OPTIMATE 1 TM-401 YES YES 12V 0.60A 4-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $39.90 TM-401
OPTIMATE 2 TM-421 YES YES 12V 0.80A 4-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $52.90 TM-421
OPTIMATE 3 TM-431 YES YES 12V 0.80A 7-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $62.90 TM-431
OPTIMATE 4 TM-340 YES YES 12V 1.0A MANUAL YES YES 3-YEARS $100.00 TM-340
OPTIMATE 4S TM-471 YES 12V 0.80A 8-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $64.90 TM-471
OPTIMATE 4S TM-291 YES 12V 5.0A YES 10-STEP YES YES YES 3-YEARS $129.90 TM-291
OPTIMATE 4S TM-271 YES 12-16V 9.5A-7.5A YES 10-STEP YES YES YES 3-YEARS $179.90 TM-271
OPTIMATE 5 TM-221 YES 12V 4.0A YES 6-STEP MANUAL YES 3-YEARS $79.90 TM-221
OPTIMATE 5 TM-223 YES YES 6V-12V 4.0A-2.8A YES 8-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $89.90 TM-223
OPTIMATE 6 TM-181 YES YES 12V 5.0A YES 9-STEP YES YES YES 3-YEARS $119.90 TM-181
OPTIMATE 6 TM-191 YES YES 12V 5.0A YES 9-STEP YES YES YES 3-YEARS $129.90 TM-191
OPTIMATE 7 TM-251 YES YES 12V 10.0A YES 9-STEP YES YES YES 3-YEARS $179.90 TM-251
MANUFACTURER MODEL NUMBER LEAD ACID A.G.M. LITHIUM VOLTAGE CURRENT POLARITY PROTECTION SHORT PROTECTION CHARGING PROGRAM AUTOMATIC DESULFATOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION S.A.E. TERMINAL ALLIGATOR CLIPS WARRANTY LIST PRICE INFORMATION LINKS
OPTIMATE SOLAR TM-522-1 YES YES 12V 2.0A YES 4-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $99.90 TM-522-1
BATTERY DEFENDER 1206WB YES YES 12V 3.0A YES YES YES YES YES 5-YEARS $79.99 1206WB
BATTERY DEFENDER 1212SR YES 12V 5.0A YES YES YES YES 1-YEAR $109.95 1212SR
BATTERY DEFENDER 1214S YES YES 12V 7.0A YES YES YES YES 1-YEAR $86.95 1214S
BATTERY DEFENDER 1220SR20 YES 12V 1.0A YES YES 1-YEAR $77.95 1220SR20
SUAOKI DDDPUT25-01 YES YES YES 6V-12V 4.0A YES 8-STEP YES YES YES YES $79.99 DDDPUT25-01
BIKEMASTER 150906 YES 12V 2.0A YES YES YES YES YES 5-YEAARS $39.95 150906
BIKEMASTER 150909 YES YES 6V-12V 4.0A-2.0A YES YES YES $59.99 150909
BIKEMASTER 150907 YES YES 12V 0.75A YES YES YES YES YES $29.99 150907
BIKEMASTER 150908 YES YES 12V 1.5A YES YES YES YES YES $39.99 150908
BIKEMASTER 150905 YES YES 6V-12V 1.0A 3-STEP YES YES 5-YEARS $39.99 150905
CTEK 56-865 (US 0.8) YES 12V 0.80A YES YES 6-STEP YES 5-YEARS $62.99 56-865 (US 0.8)
MANUFACTURER MODEL NUMBER LEAD ACID A.G.M. LITHIUM VOLTAGE CURRENT POLARITY PROTECTION SHORT PROTECTION CHARGING PROGRAM AUTOMATIC DESULFATOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION S.A.E. TERMINAL ALLIGATOR CLIPS WARRANTY LIST PRICE INFORMATION LINKS
CTEK 56-864 (MUS 4.3) YES YES 12V 4.3A YES YES 8-STEP YES $88.99 56-864 (MUS 4.3)
CTEK 56-158 (US 3300) YES YES 12V 3.3A YES YES 4-STEP YES YES YES 5-YEARS $74.99 56-158 (US 3300)
CTEK 56-353 (US 7002) YES YES 12V 7.0A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES 5-YEARS $149.99 56-353 (US 7002)
CTEK 56-674 (US 25000) YES YES 12V 25.0A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES 2-YEARS $329.99 56-674 (US 25000)
CTEK 56-926 (LITHIUM) YES 12V 4.3A YES YES 8-STEP 5-YEARS $119.99 56-926 (LITHIUM)
NOCO G750 YES YES 6V-12V 0.75A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES YES 5-YEARS $37.95 G750
NOCO G1100 YES YES YES 6V-12V 1.1A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES YES 5-YEARS $49.95 G1100
NOCO G3500 YES YES YES 6V-12V 3.5A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES YES 5-YEARS $75.95 G3500
NOCO G7200 YES YES YES 12V-24V 7.2A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES YES 5-YEARS $125.95 G7200
NOCO G15000 YES YES YES 12V-24V 15.0A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES YES 5-YEARS $199.95 G15000
NOCO G26000 YES YES YES 12V-24V 26.0A YES YES 8-STEP YES YES YES 5-YEARS $249.95 G26000
BLACK & DECKER BM3B YES 6V-12V 1.0A YES YES YES YES 1-YEAR $24.99 BM3B
MANUFACTURER MODEL NUMBER LEAD ACID A.G.M. LITHIUM VOLTAGE CURRENT POLARITY PROTECTION SHORT PROTECTION CHARGING PROGRAM AUTOMATIC DESULFATOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION S.A.E. TERMINAL ALLIGATOR CLIPS WARRANTY LIST PRICE INFORMATION LINKS
BLACK & DECKER BC2WBD YES 12V 2.0A YES YES YES YES 1-YEAR $34.99 BC2WBD
BLACK & DECKER BC6WBD YES 12V 6.0A YES YES YES YES 1-YEAR $59.99 BC6WBD
MOTOPOWER MP00205A YES YES 12V 0.80A YES YES $32.50 MP00205A
MOTOPOWER MP0205 YES YES 6V-12V 0.75A YES YES YES YES $29.99 MP0205
MOTOPOWER MP0206A YES 12V 1.5A YES YES 4-STEP YES YES $49.99 MP0206A
MOTOPOWER MP0207 YES 6V-12V 1.8A-3.8A MP0207
MOTOPOWER MP0207A YES YES 12V 2.0A MP0207A
MICTUNING AU0101018 YES YES 6V-12V 0.75A-1.25A YES YES YES YES $19.90 AU0101018
MICTUNING MICSCBC046US YES YES 6V-12V 0.8A-3.8A YES YES YES YES $39.90 MICSCBC046US
FOVAL A.B.C. YES YES 12V 1.0A YES YES 4-STEP YES YES $22.88 A.B.C.
SUPER NATTO BC-GM12V YES 12V 0.75A YES YES YES YES $16.49 BC-GM12V
LIECESTERCN AZ2US0301002 YES YES 6V-12V 1.5A YES YES YES YES 1-YEAR AZ2US0301002
MANUFACTURER MODEL NUMBER LEAD ACID A.G.M. LITHIUM VOLTAGE CURRENT POLARITY PROTECTION SHORT PROTECTION CHARGING PROGRAM AUTOMATIC DESULFATOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION S.A.E. TERMINAL ALLIGATOR CLIPS WARRANTY LIST PRICE INFORMATION LINKS
LIECESTERCN AZ2US0301001 YES YES 12V 5.0A YES YES 4-STEP YES YES 1-YEAR $40.99 AZ2US0301001
SCHUMACHER SC1 YES YES 12V 0.75A YES YES ?-STEP YES $49.95 SC1
SCHUMACHER SC1272 (SC2) YES YES 6V-12V 2.0A ?-STEP SC1272 (SC2)
SCHUMACHER SC3 YES 12V 8.0A YES YES ?-STEP $39.99 SC3
SCHUMACHER SC4 YES YES 6V-12V 15.0A YES YES ?-STEP YES YES $44.97 SC4
SCHUMACHER SE-1-12S-CA YES YES 6V-12V 1.5A YES YES ?-STEP YES $33.25 SE-1-12S-CA
SCHUMACHER SK-1 (w/GATEWAY) YES YES 6V-12V 2.0A-3.0A YES YES ?-STEP YES YES 1-YEAR $99.99 SK-1 (w/GATEWAY)
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 66000038 YES YES 12V 0.75A YES YES 5-YEARS $39.95 66000038
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 66000004 YES YES 12V 0.80A 3-STEP YES YES 3-YEARS $49.95 66000004
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 66000033 YES YES 12V 1.25A YES YES 2-YEARS $79.95 66000033
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 66000041 YES YES 12V 5.0A YES YES 2-YEARS $129.95 66000041
MANUFACTURER MODEL NUMBER LEAD ACID A.G.M. LITHIUM VOLTAGE CURRENT POLARITY PROTECTION SHORT PROTECTION CHARGING PROGRAM AUTOMATIC DESULFATOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION S.A.E. TERMINAL ALLIGATOR CLIPS WARRANTY LIST PRICE INFORMATION LINKS


Here's another view of the same spreadsheet:
Battery Charger Spreadsheet





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