Charging Battery

Never allow a battery to stand in a discharged condition. Start charging it at once at the recommended continuous charge rate.

To determine the amount or condition of a battery charge, check solution in each cell with a battery hydrometer. When hydrometer reading is 1.200 or less, battery is considered discharged and should be removed from motorcycle and charged at the following maximum continuous charge rate; using appropriate 6 or 12 volt charger.

12 volt 53 Ampere hour battery - 10 amperes 12 volt 32 Ampere hour battery - 4 amperes 6 volt 51 Ampere hour battery - 3-1/2 amperes 6 volt 22 Ampere hour battery - 1-1/2 amperes 6 volt 10 Ampere hour battery - 1/2 ampere 2-6 volt 8 Ampere hour batteries (Series connected - 12 volts ) - 1/2 Ampere

A higher battery charge rate will heat and damage the battery. For this reason, do not allow the small motorcycle battery to be charged in the same line with large batteries. Hydrometer reading of a fully charged battery in good condition, with full strength electrolyte will be 1.270 or higher.

Hydrogen gas, formed when charging, is explosive. Avoid open flame or electrical spark near battery.

Allowing a battery to remain in a discharged condition will shorten its life. It is important that a battery be kept well charged during below freezing weather.

DIY Battery Repair

DIY Battery Repair

You can now recondition your old batteries at home and bring them back to 100 percent of their working condition. This guide will enable you to revive All NiCd batteries regardless of brand and battery volt. It will give you the required information on how to re-energize and revive your NiCd batteries through the RVD process, charging method and charging guidelines.

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