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Old 01-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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I have a feeling that the answer is no, but I'll ask anyway. I have a small battery tender that I use to keep the battery on my Harley charged during the off season. Would it be safe to hook this up to my 2010 F-150 battery while it is still in the vehicle and connected? The truck sits quite a bit without being driven. Wasn't sure if there would be enough "juice" there to harm anything or not. Thanks in advance,

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I dont tthink it would harm anything. Most battery chargers have a trickle charge on them anyway
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I have a feeling that the answer is no, but I'll ask anyway. I have a small battery tender that I use to keep the battery on my Harley charged during the off season. Would it be safe to hook this up to my 2010 F-150 battery while it is still in the vehicle and connected? The truck sits quite a bit without being driven. Wasn't sure if there would be enough "juice" there to harm anything or not. Thanks in advance,

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This is funny that you posted because my truck sits a good bit also and when I got in it Friday, battery was down. As luck would have it, I'd bought a battery tender for a motorcycle. I stuck the tender on the truck overnight and worked like a charm!!!!!! I'll be sticking it on overnight every now and again!!
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I use a motorcycle tender and switch it between my V-rod and my stang, charge overnight and the green light is back on
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Nope it won't hurt anything. Most of the guys on the Corvette forum install them as our cars spend more time in the garage than on the road.
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......and you don't need to disconnect the battery first? I guess that was my main question.
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No need to disconnect the battery unless you don't plan to charge and leave the vehicle sit for more than a couple weeks. It is actually recommended to either disconnect the battery or keep a charger on it while in extended storage time.
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I use a Battery Tender on my Harley as well. I also use a Battery Tender on my F150.
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I charge Chester up, once a month, jic.

Trickle or 10 amp, he doesn't care.

After owning a high end Buick on which the battery would go dead because it wasn't driven, I know what a drag it is to have a modern vehicle with a discharged battery.
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No problem......I do the same thing. Its a trickle charger always a good idea when a vehicle is not operated for a while....
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