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using a battery tender

I just got 2 2018 Recons with foot shift and an 2012 Rancher with electric shift.

Is there any reason I could not keep them on a battery tender with the battery in the 4wheelers with them connected or should I remove the batteries.

I have been using this tender for years for my camper, tractor, trolling motor... and removed the batteries. With the wheelers they are all in one place so it is easier to take the tender to the batteries, before I took the batteries to the tender. In the past the tender and batteries where in a climate controlled garage now they will be in a shed to no environmental controls.

This is a discerption of the tender:
"The 4 Bank Battery Tender Charging Station is four encased 1.25 amp battery chargers designed to fully charge a battery and maintain it at proper storage voltage without the damaging effects caused by trickle chargers. This charger will operate anywhere in the world."
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yes you can and many will say SHOULD use a battery maintainer
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yes you can and many will say SHOULD use a battery maintainer
Thanks for the reply.

I will definitely join in with those that say you should. I won't take long for it to pay for itself.

I just wasn't sure if charging the battery while it was hooked up to the 4 Wheeler was a good idea or not.

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well as long as its a maintainer and NOT a charger, then all is fine
E shift machines are even more picky about needing a fully charged battery, so there higher on the NEED to use a tender/maintainer list that some other OLDER atv's
ALL new modern ATV's suck power while being parked, so a tender/maintainer is a solid good idea IMO
unless you use the atv very often to keep it charged by running
I keep tenders on snowmobiles that sit for 8+ months at a time, tractors and other things as well, that just SIT

they quick plugs that can be added to battery to make life easier to hook up too(2 prong SAE plugs with terminals that mount to battery and then its plug and go)

have these plugs on almost ALL my machines with 12 volt battery's in them
on a side note, Tenders/maintainers are NOT perfect, I had one fail on me last yr and cost me a few grand in damages it did by overcharging, so, heads up there too, just so you know, , as again ALL things can fail! even when you have good intentions some times LOL
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I leave the pigtail hanging out from under the seat so I can just back the 4wheeler under the overhang of the shop and plug it in. I have the tenders inside the shop and drilled holes in the walls to run the wires out to where I park the wheelers. The tenders stay plugged in all the time, and all I have to do when I ride is unplug the tender, then plug it back in when I park the wheeler. Do the same with my riding mowers.
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well as long as its a maintainer and NOT a charger, then all is fine
E shift machines are even more picky about needing a fully charged battery, so there higher on the NEED to use a tender/maintainer list that some other OLDER atv's
ALL new modern ATV's suck power while being parked, so a tender/maintainer is a solid good idea IMO
unless you use the atv very often to keep it charged by running
I keep tenders on snowmobiles that sit for 8+ months at a time, tractors and other things as well, that just SIT

they quick plugs that can be added to battery to make life easier to hook up too(2 prong SAE plugs with terminals that mount to battery and then its plug and go)

have these plugs on almost ALL my machines with 12 volt battery's in them
on a side note, Tenders/maintainers are NOT perfect, I had one fail on me last yr and cost me a few grand in damages it did by overcharging, so, heads up there too, just so you know, , as again ALL things can fail! even when you have good intentions some times LOL
It is a tender. I don't think everybody understands the difference between a charger and a tender. The one that will be hooked up to the 4 wheelers is a low amperage one.

Overcharging is a concern. I suppose it would be safer to disconnect the battery. I will have the three 4 wheelers all plugged in to the same tender so if the tender has an issue the destruction would be 3Xs.

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the problem with disconnecting the battery from atv, IMO is this
MANY of these new machines again, require good power at all times
,back to my hunting camp, several folks there , due to parking atv's in barns without power, would take battery;'s home for 2-3-7 months and bring back fully charged batter'ys
but what ended up happening(mostly arctic cat atv's) is the atv's computers would go bad, from NOT having power , or the power NO power deal
many of them ended up needing all new computers(ecu's or what ever) and were like new atv's, less than 300 miles on them, and all due to, pulling battery's over and over!
So, as for disconnecting the battery's when on a maintainer, yes it can prevent things from over charginga battery and damaging electronic's, but apparently so can NO having power to electronic's too<
double edge sword of sorts?

countless folks I know use battery maintainers for decades and never have a issue
but again, all modern machines these days have a ton more electrical items on the, so> hard to say what ifs the better option.
new battery is like what a 100 bucks every 5 yrs(about average on a regularly used atv) if NOT on a tender?
so makes one wonder, what is the better option? right??
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the problem with disconnecting the battery from atv, IMO is this
MANY of these new machines again, require good power at all times
,back to my hunting camp, several folks there , due to parking atv's in barns without power, would take battery;'s home for 2-3-7 months and bring back fully charged batter'ys
but what ended up happening(mostly arctic cat atv's) is the atv's computers would go bad, from NOT having power , or the power NO power deal
many of them ended up needing all new computers(ecu's or what ever) and were like new atv's, less than 300 miles on them, and all due to, pulling battery's over and over!
So, as for disconnecting the battery's when on a maintainer, yes it can prevent things from over charginga battery and damaging electronic's, but apparently so can NO having power to electronic's too<
double edge sword of sorts?

countless folks I know use battery maintainers for decades and never have a issue
but again, all modern machines these days have a ton more electrical items on the, so> hard to say what ifs the better option.
new battery is like what a 100 bucks every 5 yrs(about average on a regularly used atv) if NOT on a tender?
so makes one wonder, what is the better option? right??
So I guess the best answer is to ride more often.

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the problem with disconnecting the battery from atv, IMO is this
MANY of these new machines again, require good power at all times
,back to my hunting camp, several folks there , due to parking atv's in barns without power, would take battery;'s home for 2-3-7 months and bring back fully charged batter'ys
but what ended up happening(mostly arctic cat atv's) is the atv's computers would go bad, from NOT having power , or the power NO power deal
many of them ended up needing all new computers(ecu's or what ever) and were like new atv's, less than 300 miles on them, and all due to, pulling battery's over and over!
So, as for disconnecting the battery's when on a maintainer, yes it can prevent things from over charginga battery and damaging electronic's, but apparently so can NO having power to electronic's too<
double edge sword of sorts?

countless folks I know use battery maintainers for decades and never have a issue
but again, all modern machines these days have a ton more electrical items on the, so> hard to say what ifs the better option.
new battery is like what a 100 bucks every 5 yrs(about average on a regularly used atv) if NOT on a tender?
so makes one wonder, what is the better option? right??
So I guess the best answer is to ride more often.
yeah enjoy it while it last, over just saying you own something a LOT longer and never use it LOL

hard to say what is best some times, as either way things can go good or bad/
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