How to Charge a Motorcycle Gel Battery

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How to Charge a Motorcycle Gel Battery
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Many motorcyclists are drawn to the use of gel-cell batteries to power their machines, due largely to their maintenance-free nature. However, these gel batteries are used very rarely with a motorcycle-based application. What motorcyclists refer to as gel batteries are really AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries, which operate on the same principle of suspended lead acid electrolyte in a permanently sealed container. And unlike a real gel-cell battery, which requires special care to charge, charging an AGM battery is a simple and uncomplicated task.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Allen wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Automatic battery charger

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  1. 1

    Unbolt the motorcycle's seat, using an Allen wrench, or pull off the side cover off of the motorcycle's frame to access the battery.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the black cable from the battery's negative post, using a Phillips screwdriver. Unscrew the red cable from the battery's positive post, using a Phillips screwdriver. Lift the battery out of the motorcycle.

  3. 3

    Connect the battery to an automatic battery charger. Place the charger's red clip on the battery's positive post, and put the black clip on the negative post.

  4. 4

    Turn the battery charger on to begin the charging process.

  5. 5

    Remove the battery after the charger indicates that it is fully charged. Turn off the battery charger. Remove the black clip from the battery, followed by the red clip.

  6. 6

    Reinstall the battery in the motorcycle, following the reverse method of removal.

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