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Offline hedonist222

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New batteries need charge?
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:39:52 PM »
Dropped my s1000r in to the bmw agency for a new battery.

Called to ask if it's ready.

Mechanic says the new battery needs charge?

I was questioned that.

He said it's normal. Said it was at 12.4 volts.
Just needed charging.

Is this correct?
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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 03:30:57 PM »
Depends on the manufacturer /type of battery but normally, Yes, if you buy a new battery, the advice is to charge it before use, even AGM/Gel types.

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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 03:38:28 PM »
12.4v is the lower limit for a battery, fully charged is around 12.6v, so yes it needs a charge. 

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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 05:10:34 AM »
Thanks, gents.

My question was, is it normal to need charging or was it's a really old battery?

Because it was at 12.4 after a bit of charging.
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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2018, 08:59:47 AM »
Hard to tell why it is discharged.  All batteries should have the manufacture date on them so easy to tell if it is old stock, but depends if you can get to it to check.  I would be more worried about why you needed a battery so soon.  I have
never replaced a battery that was less than 7 years old.  My ZX10R is 7 years old and the battery is still good and is only ridden about 5 months of the year so stood around a lot

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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2018, 01:23:10 PM »
a good quality new battery should not need a charge however is should be charged for a few hours so you can always take the motorcycle ride in a few hours then put it on a battery maintainer for the night

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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2018, 04:11:29 PM »
*Originally Posted by Alan [+]
I would be more worried about why you needed a battery so soon.  I have
never replaced a battery that was less than 7 years old.  My ZX10R is 7 years old and the battery is still good and is only ridden about 5 months of the year so stood around a lot

Thank you for thinking about that.

Well, my motorbike is a 2016 that I purchased new 2 years and 2 months ago.

It needed a new battery because I really didn't ride much from May to August and at one point the battery died.
Jump started it.
Took it for a brief ride.
Then took it for another ride 10 days later.
Then two weeks later it didn't start and even after jump starting it and riding it a bit, it wouldn't crank after turning off.

I came to the conclusion that I killed my battery.
I have an 800 km trip coming up and didn't want to risk the battery not starting up.
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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2018, 04:45:36 PM »
Like I said the magic number for a battery is 12.4v, once it gets below that, then it starts to sulphate, so if you don't ride often, then either get an optimising battery charger if you have power or a solar panel charger if not to keep it topped up.

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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2018, 04:54:04 PM »
Normally I don't let my bike reach that point.
I'm always riding. Even if it's 117 Fahrenheit in the evenings.

But this summer as an anomaly.

Thank you for your advice. Much much appreciated.
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Re: New batteries need charge?
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2018, 05:03:24 PM »
If you don't ride for a few months then disconnect the negative battery terminal and it will stay fresh in hot climate where you live.

 


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