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Offsite Outdoor Storage - Battery Management

I am getting ready (and, excited) to hopefully pickup a used PWC as my first and even though I could store this in my garage, I prefer not to. Here in Vegas obviously things get baked in the sun....but, most of the outdoor storage places charge approximately $50/mo which is within the budget. Certainly March-November most weekends I will be riding. BUT, in the winter months....how would you guys manage your battery since being plugged in for a trickle charge is probably not an option. (the storage facility might have post plugins, not sure). If you went and fired it up once a month for x-amount of time or what would you recommend?
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I don't use trickle chargers at all. All you need to do is charge it for about 30 min at 1 amp if needed. Make sure you use a charger that will shut off automatically, or you take the chance of over charging. You should also disconnect the battery before charging so you don't spike the electrical system.
If your going to store it outside, why not just get a fitted cover, topped with a good poly tarp held on with bungee cords at your house.
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I don't use trickle chargers at all. All you need to do is charge it for about 30 min at 1 amp if needed. Make sure you use a charger that will shut off automatically, or you take the chance of over charging. You should also disconnect the battery before charging so you don't spike the electrical system.
If your going to store it outside, why not just get a fitted cover, topped with a good poly tarp held on with bungee cords at your house.
Thanks for the reply. I live in a townhome community so parking outside is susceptible to vandals and theft. Paid storage is secure. A sales guy told me at least on the sea doo's the batteries are hard to access, thus the trickle charge recommendation.
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Problem with a trickle charger is you run the risk of over charging. Your much better off charging every month or 2. You'll need to access it anyway to hook up the charger. You shouldn't charge through the cables.
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Problem with a trickle charger is you run the risk of over charging. Your much better off charging every month or 2. You'll need to access it anyway to hook up the charger. You shouldn't charge through the cables.
Ok, thanks for the good advise. Now, I just gotta buy a sled!
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I don't leave my battery in the ski over the off season. I remove it and put in and open top plastic tote in my back bathroom. I then maintain it with a trickle charger that I plug in once a month for a part of a day. Trickle charger only puts out .5amps. has red/green led to indicate charging/charged.
This makes it very convenient to maintain battery.
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I don't leave my battery in the ski over the off season. I remove it and put in and open top plastic tote in my back bathroom. I then maintain it with a trickle charger that I plug in once a month for a part of a day. Trickle charger only puts out .5amps. has red/green led to indicate charging/charged.
This makes it very convenient to maintain battery.
That sounds like a great idea...
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On my boats, I use an onboard charger. These are designed to charge and maintain. You can plug it in permanently. For a PWC, a 1.5A on board charger should be sufficient. I use one from Harbor Freight that cost around $18. I also have one made by Schumacher that I got used for $10. So far I have not have to worry about my boat batteries for years now. For my Yamaha PWCs, depending one the ones I have I got a 2003 Yamaha that does not have security system, I left a battery in there for 6 months, still started. In my 2005 Yamaha which has a security system and remote which would draw power, I put a battery off switch in, and turn it off after each ride. No problem either. But I use AGM batteries which suppose to lose power more slowly.
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On my boats, I use an onboard charger. These are designed to charge and maintain. You can plug it in permanently. For a PWC, a 1.5A on board charger should be sufficient. I use one from Harbor Freight that cost around $18. I also have one made by Schumacher that I got used for $10. So far I have not have to worry about my boat batteries for years now. For my Yamaha PWCs, depending one the ones I have I got a 2003 Yamaha that does not have security system, I left a battery in there for 6 months, still started. In my 2005 Yamaha which has a security system and remote which would draw power, I put a battery off switch in, and turn it off after each ride. No problem either. But I use AGM batteries which suppose to lose power more slowly.
Thanks...I will look into this. I finally found my sled. Did a handshake deal to buy a guys 2015 Kawi STX-15F. Super clean with 20 hours. Should pick the sled up Monday and figure out what I need to do. I did see the battery was easily accessible on the Kawi.
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