- by Joe Weber - updated on 8/17/2022
Did you know that Battery Tender is actually a brand? Commonly used interchangeably with battery maintainers, Battery Tender is one of the most well-known battery maintainer brands on the market. Battery Tender makes battery chargers and maintainers for a number of different applications.
Maintaining your motorcycle battery during the off-season is key to being able to enjoy years of great motorcycle rides without needing to replace batteries frequently. Read on to learn about which battery maintainer is best for your motorcycle.
There are many brands that make battery maintainers and chargers including, but not limited to, NOCO, Battery Tender, Schumacher, Yuasa and more. All of these brands create quality products and all have their positives. Each maintainer will have different charging capabilities and one may be better for your motorcycle than another. Later on, we will discuss some of our recommended options for you to use with your motorcycle.
If you are using a smart automatic charger, then yes, you absolutely can leave your motorcycle battery charging overnight. These chargers will monitor the state of the battery and reduce or eliminate the current when the battery reaches a full charge to prevent overcharging and preserve the battery by not causing any damage from overcharging.
Trickle chargers and maintainers, like Battery Tenders, are designed to be connected for long periods of time for applications that have long periods of inactivity. They provide a smaller amount of current to the battery over a longer period to condition the battery and keep it in optimal condition until its next use.
A standard charger that is not automatic should never be left connected to the battery long-term and it should be monitored at all times to avoid overcharging.
When you are searching for a maintainer, you should make sure that the charger that you are looking at works with the chemistry of the battery you have. This means you shouldn't buy a maintainer that only works with lithium batteries when you have a motorcycle with an AGM battery. Below are a few of our recommendations for battery maintainers that would work for your motorcycle and larger vehicles like cars and trucks.
Have two or more powersport batteries that need to be charged or maintained? No problem! There are several options for those enthusiasts that need to charge more than one battery at a time.
We make it easy to find the right battery maintainer for your vehicle with our large selection of chargers and maintainers. Visit our battery chargers page and select the type of vehicle. Or, stop into your local Batteries Plus location and have our battery experts help you. If you are looking for more tips and tricks revolving around storing your batteries long-term, read our blog article titled, "How to Maintain Seasonal Vehicles During the Winter Months."