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Old 06-30-2003, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default Can you recharge a 12 volt motorcycle battery with a 12 volt car charger?

I have a 12 volt battery for a scooter, and I need to recharge it, but I don't have a recharger for it. The battery itself is about the size of a coke can(but square). Can I recharge it, or will it blow up?
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Old 06-30-2003, 06:14 PM   #2
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It depends on what kind of battery it is, lead acid, NiMH, NiCD, and so on, if itís just a lead acid type, then you can charge it, but charge it on a low amp setting
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Old 06-30-2003, 06:50 PM   #3
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Most likely it's a sealed gel-type lead acid battery. These usually have the charging current stamped on them and you definitely don't want to overcharge it. If you have a big-ass car battery charger it might be too much for it but a smaller one may be ok. Monitor the charging current and don't let it go higher than an amp or so. If the battery starts getting hot, disconnect it.
Contact the manufacturer of the scooter and see if they can give you any info, or perhaps sell you a charger.
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Old 07-01-2003, 01:55 PM   #4
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I do this for my bike batteries; it's fine.
However my charger has a 1/5/15 amp setting and I always use 1.
If they're lead acid, take the caps off and lay a rag on the battery. Make sure the water levels are ok (it rises as the battery charges, but don't think you can charge one that's half empty).
You shouldn't have to babysit but I never leave it a half hour without checking (I'm paranoid). Watch the battery voltage and water level.
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