WIN A BC CHARG­ERS BAT­TERY CON­TROLLER!

Motorcycle Monthly - - Competition -

We’ve teamed up with BC Bat­tery Con­trollers to of­fer you the chance to get your hands on a charger to keep your bike’s bat­tery in tip top shape through­out the Win­ter. For FREE. All you’ve got to do to be in with a shot of win­ning is fill in the form be­low – or visit MoreBikes.co.uk and sub­mit your de­tails.

If you’ve not heard of BC Bat­tery Con­trollers be­fore – that’s be­cause the Ital­ian brand is fairly new to the UK. It pro­duces a wide range of charg­ers and re­lated ac­ces­sories, de­signed to make charg­ing bat­ter­ies across a mas­sive range of ve­hi­cle a doo­dle.

We’re giv­ing away BC Bat­tery Con­trollers’ BC Ju­nior 900, which is the small­est bat­tery charger in its range, de­vel­oped pri­mar­ily for bat­tery care on mo­tor­cy­cles, scoot­ers, ATVs, snow­mo­biles and jet skis.

The 12V charger em­ploys a clever eight-step charg­ing al­go­rithm, which can recharge and main­tain, as well as be­ing ca­pable of re­cov­er­ing deeply dis­charged and sul­phated bat­ter­ies (from as lit­tle as 1.25V). Ad­di­tion­ally, it can ac­tu­ally be used for the slow charg­ing and main­te­nance of larger bat­ter­ies with a ca­pac­ity up to 100Ah, like the ones that are usu­ally mounted on cars. In short, it’s a ca­pable lit­tle charger. And, it comes bun­dled with a wa­ter­proof bat­tery cable with eye­lets and a bat­tery cable with in­su­lated clamps.

From a safety per­spec­tive, it’s also worth not­ing that BC Bat­tery Con­trollers do not pro­duce sparks and are pro­tected against short cir­cuit, re­v­erse po­lar­ity, over­charg­ing and over­heat­ing – so you be con­fi­dent when leav­ing them hooked up to your pride and joy for long pe­ri­ods of time.

Bike bat­tery main­tainence

An of­ten ne­glected part of mo­tor­cy­cle main­te­nance, here’s a brief guide to keep­ing your mo­tor­cy­cle’s bat­tery in tip top con­di­tion this win­ter.

A proper long-term bat­tery care rou­tine is vi­tal to keep per­for­mance at its op­ti­mum through­out the cold months. As the tem­per­a­ture drops, the chem­i­cal re­ac­tion in­side the bat­tery slows down, re­duc­ing its ca­pac­ity to ac­cept a charge. Add to that the in­creased strain from in­creased use of head­lights and aux­il­iary/fog light­ing, heated grips and you’re head­ing for bat­tery fail­ure.

And, even if you don’t use your bike very of­ten through the win­ter months, charge is still lost to alarms/im­mo­bilis­ers, clocks and on-board com­put­ers – and of course, through self-dis­charge, as the bat­tery saps a lit­tle of its own en­ergy ev­ery day to stay alive.

Reg­u­larly charg­ing and main­tain­ing your bat­tery not only keeps it work­ing to max­i­mum ca­pac­ity, it can also dou­ble its work­ing life, as well as sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of fail­ure. Thank­fully, most in­tel­li­gent mo­tor­cy­cle bat­tery charg­ers come with leads which can be per­ma­nently fixed to your bat­tery, with the bat­tery con­nec­tor neatly hid­den away in the bike – mak­ing charg­ing just a mat­ter of plug­ging the con­nec­tor in to the charger.

Don’t for­get

If your bike has an alarm or im­mo­biliser fit­ted, a bat­tery can reach a deeply dis­charged state within a mat­ter of days.

Never use a car bat­tery charger to charge a mo­tor­cy­cle bat­tery – car charg­ers sup­ply more cur­rent than a mo­tor­cy­cle bat­tery can cope with and can dam­age the bat­tery beyond re­pair.

Con­ven­tional and Yu­mi­cron type bat­ter­ies need to have their elec­trolyte checked and topped up with dis­tilled wa­ter at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. Main­te­nance free bat­ter­ies use pro­cesses that quickly re-ab­sorb the gas into the elec­trolyte and there­fore never need top­ping up.

Weather and tem­per­a­ture can af­fect the rate of dis­charge and func­tion­al­ity of the bat­tery. Hot­ter tem­per­a­tures rapidly ac­cel­er­ate the self-dis­charg­ing process – while a dis­charged bat­tery is less re­sis­tant to the cold and may freeze at -1°C.

In­spect the bat­tery ca­bles, posts and fas­ten­ers. If nec­es­sary, clean the ter­mi­nals with a stiff brush or bat­tery cleaner spray. Make sure the ca­bles and their hous­ings are in good shape and the con­nec­tors are se­cured tightly to the bat­tery.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the full range of prod­ucts from BC Bat­tery Con­trollers, visit: www.jawsmo­tor­cy­cles.co.uk/pro­ducWt-brands/ bc-bat­tery-con­troller/

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