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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    I don't think that obsessing over saving a couple of bucks is a good thing a lot of the time.
    I hear ya!

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    I bought this one on amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Battery-Ten...-2-spons&psc=1 then i bought the cigarette lighter adapter for it: https://smile.amazon.com/Battery-Ten...gateway&sr=8-3 and I simply pull out the usb, and then plug it into my Lamonster garage spyder cuff power plate:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Totally unnecessary to worry about that. The difference doesn't mean squat when you are talking about floating a fully charged battery.

    Two things:
    That pigtail should be INSIDE the Frunk, sticking out through the liner where it is protected from the weather but still easy to get to by opening the Frunk.

    Second, go to any auto parts store or even WalMart and ask them for an automatic battery maintainer with a capacity between 3/4 and 2 amp.
    The Schumacher brand at WalMart is good equipment.....and comes with various cables too.
    The most popular brand is Battery Tender.
    Cost should be between $25 and $35.

    Don't obsess. This really isn't that hard.

    AND FINALLY......connecting a tender really is not necessary unless and until the bike will sit unused for 2 weeks or more.
    If it is ridden on a regular basis, you don't need it at all.
    Winter in Iowa, however, it will be good to have one.

    Wow! Just looked and found the plug in my frunk! Didn't know it was there. I have 2 Battery Tender Juniors and a Battery Tender Plus. So, Did my 2015 RTL come with the plug installed, OR, did the previous owner install it?
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    No, they did not come from the factory with the plug (pigtail).

    Some dealers are known to install one.

    If your's was a used unit, it is also possible that the previous owner installed it.

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    I bought the Deltran battery saver plus. I spent the extra $ to get all the extra acc. I do agree the leads should be in frunk. With acc. it is easy to jump start others. Just remember to reverse polarity. Cable ends I should say. Also with frunk cable leads you can hook up 12 volt clg lighter. CAN AM dealer say battery jr. is efficent for rts. If unsure of battery type unzip frunk cover there you find manual u IMHO read it for info and how to practice ride your new machine. I hope you are safe and loving it.

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    So on our old 2009 Spyder GS I had the plug dangling out the right rear side of the bike. I'm about to install a new battery tender on our 2015 RT-S. Where should I leave the plug so I can plug it in when I pull into the garage? What have you people done?


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    I bought a new one just today. It is a Bikemaster .750MA charger/tender rated for all battery types. Cost $24.90 including tax at my local Powersports store. The pigtail for the plugin is located under the frunk lid on the left side below the removable plastic cover..... Jim
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    The majority use Battery Tender Jr which is the brand name of the product.

    http://products.batterytender.com/Ch...12V-0-75A.html

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    Now if you really want to go cheap. https://www.harborfreight.com/automa...ger-42292.html.
    Won't charge a dead battery. But will top one off.
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    I just want an opinion on where you have the plug "dongle" hanging off the bike. drill a little hole? have it hanging outside the frunk edge? leave it inside the frunk and then you have to open the frunk every time when you pull it in the garage, etc....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bofinn View Post
    I just want an opinion on where you have the plug "dongle" hanging off the bike. drill a little hole? have it hanging outside the frunk edge? leave it inside the frunk and then you have to open the frunk every time when you pull it in the garage, etc....
    Not sure if my 2018 RTL is the same as your RT-S, but on mine there is a rubber plug beside the battery box in the frunk. Poked a hole in that, routed the battery tender wiring through the hole and silicone glued it in place to prevent leakage. If you put most of the wiring inside the frunk,the dongle will zip up in the liner and be at the top corner of the frunk available for easy plug in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tibadoe View Post
    I personally like and use the BatteryMINDer brand. There are many and I'm sure others will post up their favorite brand.
    I use this on an airplane too. They know their batteries!

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.W. View Post
    That's what it looks like.....
    If this picture looks like lead coming "from" your spyder, I'd be very suspicious because the exposed terminal here appears to be positive (+) from the looks of the red colored wire. If true, this end should be the end of the lead wires from the tender, not the spyder. Check that lead coming from your spyder with a volt meter before you hooking anything up to it. Chances are you're ok, but, if you're not and you simply hook it up to a tender or charger serious damage could result. Also trace your spyder's lead back to it's source to see where and what's connected to and if it has a inline fuse and what amp fuse it may have. All this could be very important if you don't know where the lead goes or what it's for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bofinn View Post
    So on our old 2009 Spyder GS I had the plug dangling out the right rear side of the bike. I'm about to install a new battery tender on our 2015 RT-S. Where should I leave the plug so I can plug it in when I pull into the garage? What have you people done?
    I have the plug dangling between zippered liner/ next to the battery. Inside the frunk. I have a 2014 RTS-SE6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.W. View Post
    Hello all,
    Since this is our first bike.... ever a 2019 RTL can someone point me in the right direction to a GOOD battery tender?

    Also, There appears to be a plugin of some kind behind the left front tire.....I was told it was for a tender.... but I'm not 100% sure....can someone confirm that for me?

    Thanks in advance,
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    I use a Deltran Battery Tender Jr. It is a 12 V/750 mA Switches automatically from Charge to Float.

    I have had the Deltran Battery Tender Jr since 2012( i used it on my first spyder, 2012 RTS-SE5),. I currently use on my current spyder( 2014RTS-SE6).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanna777 View Post
    I have the plug dangling between zippered liner/ next to the battery. Inside the frunk. I have a 2014 RTS-SE6.

    Deanna
    i have the same setup in my 2015 RTL I keep the battery maintainer plugged in to it in the frunk and when I get home in the garage, I open the frunk, pull out the battery maintainer and plug it into the wall plug. Eezy peezy.

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    Here is a picture of my battery tender with the cigarette lighter adapter plugged into my Lamonster PowerPlate: tender1.jpg Simply plug it in and you are good to go. Don't have to open the frunk or anything.
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    I use a cigarette lighter adapter and plug my maintainer into the power outlet in the rear trunk. No pigtail needed!

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    https://www.homedepot.com/p/BLACK-DE...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
    I have 2- As good or better than any. 2 amps is better because it can also charge a New Battery when needed and waterproof and automatic maintainance. Just use something if you want your battery to last?
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    I installed this weather proof power plate from Lamonster:

    http://www.lamonstergarage.com/searc...ection=product


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    I wired it straight to the battery. It gives me 5v USB or 12v cigarette outlet to power a phone, gps, radar detector, or whatever. When not riding use the male cigarette plug that comes with some maintainers, to plug the maintainer into your 12v outlet. That way you donít need to leave the frunk open or the seat up to get to the plug for the maintainer.
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    Default Battery tender cord location

    I put my cord out by the front wheel on my spyder, if it's in your frunk you can't close the lid completely when plugged in and you can't get get right to it, plus I didn't want to have my cord between the plastic and weather seal to wear on the cord . Weather doesn,t hurt the plug at all and again a lot easier to get at with no cord drapping over your paint job . I have two snowmobiles with batteries in the rear and the cords are out in the open on them , factory installed.

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    I have this one. Its been on sale at Costco lately for $40 and its 3 amps.

    https://www.costco.com/Battery-Tende...100241973.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingit3611 View Post
    Now if you really want to go cheap. https://www.harborfreight.com/automa...ger-42292.html.
    Won't charge a dead battery. But will top one off.
    That's what I use. Had it for about a year. Seems to work well. I have Lamonster cell phone mount with cigarette lighter plug. I wired to directly to the battery and I just plug into it when I pull into the garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pictreed View Post
    I use this on an airplane too. They know their batteries!
    Not sure which aircraft and batteries you have.

    A few years ago, one of the aircraft I maintained was notorious for having batteries, the pink ones, fail just a few months outside of warranty. The aircraft I am mentioning utilized two 12v batteries, wired in series to supply 24volts. Ultimately, after replacing 4 batteries within 5 years, and a couple of missed flights, I did some homework to make things better.

    Having had good luck with Concorde batteries in the past, I spoke with their engineers. They made suggestions of which batteries to install AND suggested using a Battery Minder brand maintainer. Ironically, the battery manufacturer went into detail about how the Battery Minder is superior to other battery maintainers.

    In regards to the aircraft, with Concorde Batteries installed, and the Battery Minder utilized whenever the aircraft was not in use, the aircraft had over 4 years on the Concorde Batteries and more life in them when it was sold.

    I have utilized the same process for the Spyder. I use a Battery Minder brand maintainer, Model 1500, which has desulfation circuitry. The Battery Minder is connected via the rear trunk power port after each ride. I just replaced our original battery in the Spyder. It could have gone a bit longer, but was making the starter lazy. The oem battery would have been 6 years old in January for us. Not sure how long it was at BRP waiting to be installed, so likely pretty close to 6 years of use.

    FWIW, since the Battery Minder 1500 is smart enough to charge or maintain, I installed the new Yuasa Battery onto the Battery Minder prior to installing it into the Spyder. Accomplished voltage checks prior to charging and after charging to ensure proper voltage. Like before, after each ride, it gets put on the maintainer.

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