Recharge your motorcycle battery
To charge the battery of your scooter or motorcycle, use a suitable charger. Car chargers are not ideal because they deliver a current of too much intensity. Similarly, do not attempt to start the vehicle by connecting the battery with pliers to another battery; you could permanently damage your equipment.
Use a suitable battery charger that delivers the power needed to gently charge the battery, ideally a charger that charges up to one-tenth of your battery capacity.
Some chargers allow you to maintain the charge, which means you can leave them connected all winter without risk.
Before recharging your battery, read the instructions for the use of the charger and equip yourself with the necessary equipment (flat keys and hex keys, Phillips screwdriver).
- Disconnect the battery from the motorcycle: first the – terminal, then the + terminal (in the case of a battery charging directly on the bike, no need to disconnect the +)
- If your battery is leaded, remove the plugs to allow evaporation of the gas and prevent overpressure
- Connect the + terminal of the charger (usually red) to the + terminal of the battery, then the – terminal of the charger (typically black) to the – terminal of the battery
- If your charger allows it, set the charging current to one-tenth of the battery capacity (1 ampere for ten amps/hour for example)
- Plugin the charger and let the battery charge for the required time
- Unplug the charger
- Unplug the battery clamps starting with the -, then the +
- Put the battery back on the bike (see below) if you had to disassemble it.
Attention, remember to unplug the charger before removing the clamps to avoid the spark of a power failure that could cause an explosion.
Change a motorcycle battery
If despite the precautions taken, the battery is out of order, you will have to change it. Here’s how to proceed:
- Dismantle the old battery: disconnect the – terminal, then the + terminal, and remove the battery.
- Charge the new battery, as described above.
- Connect the + terminal and then the – terminal by tightening well, without exaggerating.
- Turn on the ignition to see if the lights come on, then try starting. Some tests may be necessary if the motorcycle has been immobilized for a long time while the gasoline reaches the engine. If there is any problem, contact the point of sale for a possible return.
- Bring your old battery to the dump. Do not throw it in the trash or nature because it is very polluting and would become even more degrading.
Some precautions: A battery is a potentially dangerous element due to the presence of acid, electricity, and gas. Be careful when handling, be careful of splashes of acid and wear gloves and glasses, preferably. Keep away from anything that could produce a flame or spark.
Choose your new motorcycle battery
There are several types of battery (gel battery, lithium, maintenance-free, anti-sulfate, etc.), and differences in rates require the right information to choose a good quality motorcycle battery at the best price. The size and capacity of the battery are also variables to take into account at the time of purchase. This choice will depend on the life of your equipment, its frequency of maintenance, and its resistance to cold.