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Tom Lindsay
PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 4:46 pm  Reply with quote
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So this year santa brought me a pair of heated riding gloves. They're absolutely fantastic and, in least in the warm weather of today, kept my hands toasty warm on a ride. My question is, do you all think I need to put the Stella on a battery tender at night when I use the gloves? They draw a total of 20 watts, are connected by a fused direct line to the battery, and probably will only need to be on for the first mile of my three-mile ride to work. Battery tender or no?

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Kevin K
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:05 am  Reply with quote
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Battery Tenders are awesome! They are compact and easy to use, and do exactly what is asked of them. I got mine a few years ago and wondered how I got along without it for so many years.
Tom--when riding daily w/electrics plugged in, or just riding occasionally, these things will keep your battery charged so your scoot is always ready.
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Tom Lindsay
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:39 am  Reply with quote
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Cool. Kevin, which one did you get and where did you get it? Obviously I'd prefer if the battery tender had the same connectors as my electrics so I don't have to add yet another adapter on the battery...

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Sam
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:13 pm  Reply with quote
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I would think that if you are only using it for 1/3 of your ride the alternator should be able to recharge the battery for the remaining 2/3. It may not be a bad idea though on cold days as lead acid technology produces less CCA when its cold. I know you can get one at Harbor Frieght for about $8.00.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=42292
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Kevin K
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:18 pm  Reply with quote
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I have a standard Tender, and bought it slightly used from a BMW club member. Midwest Cycle should have them and I know Aerostich does, you might even check with Scooterville. I KNOW the Tenders come with a connector that matches both Gerbing and Aerostich heated gear (as well as Eclipse) so that's a plus. It's the connector that looks like half of a trailer light adapter.
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