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Battery Myth | Does Starting My Motorcycle in the Winter Charge the Battery?

Posted on October 21, 2010
While starting your bike every few weeks in the winter may be good for the mechanics of it, it could end up harming your battery. Here's why: Your vehicle's charging system does not truly ramp up until it gets far above idle, sometimes as high as 5000rpm! Unless you hold 'er wide open for 10 or 15 minutes, you may not get enough of a charge to replace the energy you used just to start it, let alone the energy you needed to replace lost in storage. read more...

Written Tutorial | Lubrication Tutorial

Posted on January 3, 2011
/images/tutorial_lube.gifThere are a lot of options available when it comes to lubricants. We have mineral based (oil that comes from the ground), blends, a combination of mineral and synthetic, and full synthetic. We use these lubricants in engines, transmissions, gear cases, and hydraulics.

Mineral based oils are the minimum standard products to get us through a warranty period. A great deal of additives must be used in these lubricants to meet the requirements mandated by vehicle and equipment manufactures. With warranties getting longer, lubricants have to be improved. read more...

How to choose a Safe & Reliable Boat Battery Charger

Posted on February 7, 2011
Maintaining your boat battery charger is something no one wants to think about. You never want to be "that guy" - you know the one we're talking about. The guy that's sitting in the lake tied to the dock with the engine cover off, kids crying and dog barking. The guy that is dead in the water because his battery is dead. Proper maintenance of your boat battery will ensure that you never become that guy. read more...

Tips and Tricks | Keeping Your Vehicle's Battery Alive

Posted on February 23, 2011
There is one component that can terminate your car’s performance - the battery. One could say your battery is the heart of your vehicle, and because of that fact, your battery, like your heart, requires maintenance, good care and the proper charger in order to support your vehicle’s life cycle. Without a functioning battery, your car or motorcycle will not start without a great deal of assistance and odds are other electronic components will not operate correctly either. There are four stages involved in charging your vehicle’s wet battery. read more...

Tips and Tricks | Preventative Maintenance

Posted on July 25, 2011
It is amazing the percentage of re-orders we receive. People call and tell me of how well the products they bought from us work! You shouldn't expect any less. Of course some things are easier to measure than others. In dealing with mechanical devices, only so much can be done. We prefer to sell maintenance products as opposed to fix-it products. Remember, it is always easier and cheaper to maintain than to repair. read more...

AGM Battery Best Practices

Posted on August 25, 2011
Lead Acid AGM batteries, also called "dry cell" and sometimes mistaken for "gel cel", are maintenance-free. That means you don't have to open them up every few months and add more water to the cells (even though they are dry batteries, that doesn't make them thirsty like a wet cell battery). You can also position them on their side without worrying about any leaks. So, let's get down to what to do and what not to do for your AGM battery. read more...

Battery Maintenance | Can I Use a Battery Tender on my Shorai Battery?

Posted on January 9, 2012
Shorai batteries are not like other batteries. They are small and lightweight. If you pick one up with your hand you'll swear there's nothing inside the case. But they offer amazing cranking power for your powersports. Shorai makes batteries to fit most motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, and personal watercrafts. These are true upgrades compared to the standard lead acid batteries that we've been using for so long. But, will your old Battery Tender Maintenance Charger still work with your new Shorai battery? read more...

Battery Myth | How Much Does it Cost to Maintain a Motorcycle Battery?

Posted on March 7, 2012
It's time to be honest. Companies and experts will tell you that it's a good idea to keep your motorcycle battery on a trickle charger/maintainer. They'll claim, accurately so, how it will extend the life of your motorcycle, ATV, or other powersports battery. This is especially important to consider this practice if you let your big boy toys sit in storage during the winter months or off-season. But somehow or another, nobody ever mentions the cost involved in battery maintenance. Is it really worth it? Can't I just buy a cheap battery every 1-2 years instead of purchasing *gasp* a battery charger? read more...

From the Mind of an 8 Year Old | Charging a Shorai Battery

Posted on July 10, 2012
The families of the employees at Batterystuff.com are also enthusiast about the work we do. It's fun for the whole family (well, considering this one particular family rides motorcycles together). More specifically, their 8 year old boy, rides a mean 65cc SX bike. He participated in the Youth Hare Scrambles at the Funky Chicken race earlier this year! He received 4th overall. Great job! read more...

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