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Old 11-22-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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Your question is a good one. The battery, not the vehicle, determines your choice. Once you have identified the make you will determine the age, the current SOC (state of charge), and the type: AGM, flooded/wet or Gel.

Next determine if a maintainer or maintainer/conditioner will suffice. Experienced riders don't let their battery discharge so they rarely need a true charger. If a good battery is ridden for several hours then the alternator will charge it up so you only need a maintainer.

For about $40 you can buy a fully automatic maintainer/conditioner with de-sulfation technology. This advanced technology works either by introducing sweeping high frequency waves or pulses of voltage. Check out Battery Minder #12151. It has advanced full time desulfation with 1.5 amp auto-charge and 5 yr warranty.

Many 11xx riders like to run Odyssey PC680. If you think that your next battery will be PC680 then you might consider spending a bit more for the required charger. I really don't think you can go wrong with the B-M 12151 though. It is much more advanced than Battery Tender and it is also weather proof. I have not tried it on Odyssey yet but plan to.
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