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Main Motorcycle: '09 Scrambler
Join Date: Jul 2009
Other Motorcycle: Pedal-powered Trek
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There are lots of those boxes available, some for vey little money, but they're not chargers. They just contain another battery inside that they use to jump start your stranded vehicle, as well as other features like a compressor, flashlight, etc.
Do a Google image search for something like "auto emergency power source" to see lots of them.
This sort of thing:
There are some high output battery chargers that either deliver a "boost" charge to the battery (lots of amps, something like 100 or 200A) or even turn over the engine directly from the mains but they're not suitable for motorcycle batteries and certainly not portable for roadside emergencies.
After waiting 2 hours for road side assistance to jump a dead battery 2 miles from my house, I am convinced I should buy a charger unit like the road assistant brought -a briefcase-sized unit that was able to jump start it right up. I was looking at the Battery Tender Plus before my little stranding adventure. Can anyone recommend a unit that would do all the Tender Plus would, but also be able to jump the bike if I get stranded somewhere again nowhere near an outlet?
I'm using one of these
Its an excellent piece of kit, and in the reviews some have said 'It cranked the 6 litre engine of my Toyota Land Cruiser no problems'. No it didn't. It would melt if it had to crank a 6 litre motor.
What it did do, was transfer the power from its own internal battery to the Toyota's battery, building it up enough to crank the engine. So the Toyota's own battery cranked its own engine.
There are small power adapters that plug into the mains, with an output lead, no thicker than bell wire, which plugs into the accessory/cigarette lighter socket. You leave these things plugged in for about 10 or 20 minutes and they will trickle charge the battery enough to get a start. Either way you do it, unless you're using one of those huge mains starter/chargers that Forchetto mentions, which deliver serious current, you only have your own vehicle's battery to depend on.
If you get stranded on a bike, unless you are able to carry one of these Jump Starts with you (and they are big and heavy), there is no other method. The small power adapter is at least pocket sized and portable but you need a mains outlet. Your best bet in a situation like that is to carry jump leads and hope that a kindly passing motorist would stop to help. Or call roadside assistance, which is what you pay them for.
Agreed, I should have clarified. I had no intention of packing this along. Would just be a nice option if I ever stall again close to home.
Your best bet in a situation like that is to carry jump leads and hope that a kindly passing motorist would stop to help.
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