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Optimate 111 was a must for my Christmas list and Christmas came early for me ans the in laws got it sent via the Internet. I have 2 motorcycles and in the November to March period they don't always get used regularly. So when i heard about an intelligent charger for motorcycle batteries that was reliable and tough i was hooked. The first job it did for me was to check my scooter battery which it did in about an hour. It tested it, charged it a bit and then the little green light came on to show all was well. The scooter does get fairly regular use and I knew the battery was in fairly good condition as it was only a few months old. What I did like was the connection to be able to semi permanently connect it to your battery for long term maintenance, plug it in after connecting it and forget it. No more flat batteries. The price is good and by shopping around on the Internet you can pick them up for just over £30. There are other intelligent chargers out there but this one seems to get the A1 thumbs up and so far its the business: easy to use, permanent connection or crocodile clips to keep you battery in peak performance, robust design, quality parts used. This looks like it will be a permanent feature in my garage.
A common problem people get when they have not used their bike for a few days or weeks is a flat battery, some people have alarms fitted that can also put more drain on the bikes battery. A problem that can occur here is if your bikes battery gets too drained it can become damaged and it's time to purchase a new battery. Well what can be done? you could attach a regular motorcycle battery charger but then you stand the chance of overcharging the battery if left on too long and that could be even worse! I used to be in this position until I found this product (And there are now quite a few others on the market) now I simply park my bike and plug in the Optimate (I use the additional plug adapter that fits into the accessory socket on my Triumph) and the Optimate keeps my battery in perfect condition. When you purchase the Optimate it comes with two sets of leads for connecting to your bikes battery, one set is the usual crocodile type clips that you find on most battery chargers, the other set are loops that allow you to connect the leads directly to your battery and then you simply connect the Optimate to the other end. These are useful if your battery is difficult to get access to. This is a great product does exactly what it says it does, it keeps my bikes battery in top condition and I never have to worry about the battery being flat from non use. "The Optimate is a compact totally automatic battery charger supplemented by additional battery condition monitoring circuitry, whereby the user is constantly informed of the battery condition or status. It can remain safely connected over long time periods whilst automatically charging with voltage sensing/control hence no overcharging. It also detects and indicates damaged batteries by conducting regular automatic tests on the battery's rate of self discharge 'at rest' and indicates the battery status clearly by colour coded LED's." Pl
ug adapter: The plug adapter allows the Optimate to be connected though the accessory socket that can be found on Triumph and BMW's. and makes for easy installation and disconnection. The leads costs an extra £9.