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bigmal
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PostSubject: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:29 pm

After week after week of non stop rain I was delighted to see the weather perk up last night. Got all my bike gear on, removed the usual flotsam & jetsom form the garage to actually dig my bike out, and the bloody thing wouldn't turn over.

I'm guessing it's just a flat battery....

I did put a new battery on a couple of years ago, but I guess lack of use this lousy Summer has taken it's toll. I'm told you can't charge bikes with a regular car battery charger. But anyone know if it's OK to try jump leads from my car to kick it into life?

beyond that I'm stumped....

If anyone's got any smart ideas I'd love to hear 'em.

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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:51 pm

I'm not sure about the jump leads.

Probably the easiest way is to get a buddy to give you a push and try to bump start it?
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:54 pm

Just looked it up, 12 volt battery from the car is fine to jump start the 12 volt battery in the bike.
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:43 pm

The car battery is fine but never have the car engine running whilst doing it, EVER!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:59 pm

Have you thought about buying an optimate or similar they keep your battery in tip top condition.
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:57 pm

thanks everyone...some very helpful info. and i think your right simbo..an optimisrer seems a good idea. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:50 pm

Thanks again guys. Just ordered OXIMISER 900 for £33 which is a really good price. Here's the link if anyone else is looking for one.

http://shop.autoparts-inverurie.co.uk/oxford-oximiser-900-battery-charger-of570-9545-p.asp


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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:26 pm

I wouldn't be without one, even if you don't have the opportunity to keep it plugged in all the time, it is so easy to activate and boost the battery when you do.
The problems normally occur with batteries when they are left unused in very cold conditions or you do lots of short trips which stop the battery from being fully recharged.
Good buy Mal
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:28 pm

Thats the way to go Mal,good investment.
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:00 am

I have that very same model, it has served me well for the last couple of years.
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PostSubject: Oxford Oximiser 3800   Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:34 am

I bought the oxford maximiser 3800 after Mr I recomended it some time ago as I needed one that would do the bike and car, it even has a high boost charge if needed. It was a bit expensive but as it was able to do everything it was much better for me than buying a seperate bike and car charger.

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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:03 pm

As the connector leads use a standard part found in Maplins I have made up permanent connections that are left on my car, the wife's car, both my bikes and my portable battery booster for a real quick connect on everything I might use the Optimiser on.
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:25 pm

Those look like the Rolls Royce and Bentleys of battery chargers

I have the Austin Maxi version Oximiser 600 Looks kind of dog shit compared to those bad boys they work ok though
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PostSubject: Re: Boooooo.... Flat battery   Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:00 pm

I have got one of those as well and I couldn't fault it. I was bought the 3800 as a prezzie by the Mrs because George Whites were doing one of their crazy knock down sales but if I hadn't been, I would not have changed from that model as it does what it says on the box.
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