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Old 10-16-2008, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cost of running a trickle charger?

This is so petty, it's laughable - the building cooperative where I live in NYC (a 'co-op' is similar to a condo, but you don't receive a deed) wants to charge me for the electricity that I use when I hook a trickle charger up to my bike during winter storage. I would imagine that the cost would be negligible.

Is there an electrical engineer (or other smart person) who can guesstimate how much electricity a 1.5 amp charger would use in a month to keep a motorcycle battery charged?
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your right about petty!
How about pulling the battery and put in a closet with your trickle charger on it?
I am not smart enough to guess how much it would cost other wise.
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Speedmaster04, thalt's just what I plan on doing this winter! But get this - they want to charge me for doing this for the last 19 years!
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I hook my batteries (2)up to a trickle charger every winter alternating weeks on and off. I never noticed an increase in my electric bill.
What the Co-Op will charge you however
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Speedmaster04, thalt's just what I plan on doing this winter! But get this - they want to charge me for doing this for the last 19 years!
Whoa!!!!
I'd move.............. course I am all talk, from Texas you know!
I can't wait to hear what they think it cost's them. I am sure it won't reflect reality, judging from the fact they are squakin about it.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A good laugh for me tonite!!! A trickle charger will use about as much as a 25 wat light bulb you left on! It its a on/off demand type charger that will be less. Sounds like where you live is feeling the $$ pinch rite now!! A battery tender will use MINIMAL elec !! $2/ mo??
If they are that desperate-put a solar panel in the sun & tell them to GO FISH? Thats really pinching pennies!! The govt says that a co-op/ condo CANNOT stop you from using ANY "green" energy devise! They CAN tell you where you can put it tho. I used to live in a condo & went thru some of this kinda crap!! Sat TV falls into that same thing. Good luck & thanks for the laugh!!
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, assumig your not joking - here you go

Ok, at 80 percent efficience (which it isn't, more like 95 plus percent) and assuming a 1.5 amp continous ouput,

[1.5(amps) / .80] x 14.6 (volts) = 27.4 watts / hour = 0.0274 KW/ hour ==> 20.0 kwh per month.

Using 100 percent efficience:

[1.5(amps) / 1.00] x 14.6 (volts) = 21.9 watts / hour = .0219KW / hour ==> 16.0 kwh per month.

I don't know your KWH rate, but this should give you some insight into the cost, 1 to 3 dollars a month. About the same as two bright night lights.


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Thanks!

Thanks, Shiloh, for taking the time to run the equation, but wouldn't that be assuming that it's running (charging) all the time? The thing only clicks on when the charge dips below a certain amount. And maybe they want to figure in the cost of running the red, yellow and green LED's on the charger, too...
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Thanks, Shiloh, for taking the time to run the equation, but wouldn't that be assuming that it's running (charging) all the time? The thing only clicks on when the charge dips below a certain amount. And maybe they want to figure in the cost of running the red, yellow and green LED's on the charger, too...

Yes, that's if it runs 7 by 24, but I did fail to take into account the LEDs. Wow, sorry about that gross oversight on my part, the LEDs will add maybe 5 or 10 cents a month.
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Wouldn't a 1.5 amp. charger dry the battery out? Is it not a battery maintainer? Those things almost shut theirselves off when the battery doesn't need it. There are some solar cells that would set on the seat. It may need a bungee or something to hold it. But green & free & small. Bob.
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