Since motorcycles are an upgrade product of bicycles, they must naturally inherit and maintain one of the major characteristics of traditional bicycles, which is convenience and flexibility. Electric vehicles can be used to commute barrier-free throughout the day, as opposed to buses and subways. You don’t have to squeeze unreliable buses during rush hours, and you can use them to check in at work as well.
As a consumer upgrade product for bicycles, electric vehicles have increased the personal travel radius from 5km to 10km, or even 20km, making them ideal for urban and rural travel. Among the important things to know is that there is no greater than 30 kilometers of distance between the north and south of the city, and the range of electric vehicles is at least 40 kilometers, which is adequate for household use.
One of the advantages of motorcycles over cars is that they don’t have to deal with traffic jams and can go through streets and alleyways without difficulty. In addition to the convenience of parking, many families have bought a car but have to keep an electric car because parking is so hard to find. If you drive for 10 minutes on the road, it takes 5 minutes to park. In many cases, you can’t find a parking space.
It is obvious that if motorcycles are a convenient tool that people cannot live without, then batteries are the essential source of power for motorcycles. As a result, battery life has become the focus of people’s attention. Since lithium batteries are currently the best performing batteries, motorcycles will naturally choose lithium batteries for power. Today, we will discuss how to correctly charge a motorcycle battery.
It is important that you confirm something before you charge your lithium ion motorcycle batteries.
1.What Type of Battery Charger do You Need?
The correct type of battery charger is vital since lithium motorcycle batteries are equipped with different chargers based on their voltage, capacity, and amperage. Both over-charging and lack of power can damage lithium batteries.
It is common for motorcycles to use 12-volt or 6-volt batteries, so the charger voltage must match that voltage. If you use a 24V charger to charge a lithium battery, the battery will be damaged because the charging voltage is too high. A 12V charger can only be used with a 12V battery.
How to Know the Voltage of Your Lithium Motorcycle Battery?
1.It is common for motorcycles to use 12-volt or 6-volt batteries, so the charger voltage must match that voltage. If you use a 24V charger to charge a lithium battery, the battery will be damaged because the charging voltage is too high. A 12V charger can only be used with a 12V battery.
2. Consult your motorcycle’s shop manual.
3. Use a voltmeter or multimeter to check the voltage.
Then you can find the lithium battery charger that matches the battery voltage.
If the ampere of the battery is higher, the battery will charge faster. For example, a 4Ah charger provides 4 amps of power per hour, so a 20 amp battery takes 5 hours to charge. Using a high-ampere charger can charge the battery faster, but it will damage the battery over time, resulting in shorter battery life.
Types of Charger Which are Different in Charging Method
Motorcycle batteries can be charged using smart chargers. These chargers will detect the state of your battery and adjust the charging method accordingly. In addition, they will prevent overcharging of the battery, allowing you to connect the battery to the charger for a long period of time.
A trigger charger works like a regular charger for other electrical appliances, and it continuously charges the battery until the plug is unplugged. You must monitor the charging process and turn off the charger after the battery has been fully charged to prevent overcharging.
To help you choose a charging method roughly, here is a chart.
2. Where to charge the battery
It depends on the length of the charger and where the motorcycle is parked. You can also remove the battery and charge it, or you can connect the charger to the battery on the motorcycle. We recommend removing the battery before charging it. Before removing the positive cable (usually red), ensure the negative cable (usually black) is removed.
You can use both red and black cables to connect negative and positive terminals, but color makes it easier to distinguish the two terminals. You can use a black cable on the negative terminal, and a red cable on the positive terminal. If the wrong color wire is used, you can also check the + or – symbol next to any terminal.
3. Safety Precautions
Charging a motorcycle battery can be dangerous if you have not taken the necessary precautions. Batteries can emit toxic vapors and put you at risk of electric shock if not handled properly.
For this reason, before charging your motorcycle battery, you should:
1.Lock the doors and turn off the ignition
2.Wear non-conductive mechanical gloves
3.To help you choose a charging method roughly, here is a chart.
4.Before you begin charging your battery, make sure you fully understand the steps involved. Rushing could result in electric shock or battery damage.
Okay, I’m ready, just yawn. Then you can charge your lithium motorcycle battery.
Lithium motorcycle batteries need to be charged
· Connect the charger to the battery first. Most batteries have integrated leads, or these will be provided in the box. Connect the negative port of the charger to the negative terminal of the battery with a black wire and the positive port of the charger to the positive terminal with a red wire. A “+” or a “-” symbol will be clearly displayed on these terminals.
· When the charger is plugged in and turned on, an indicator light should indicate that it is on and charging the battery.
· With a smart charger, you can plug it in and it will automatically charge your battery.
· You must monitor the charging process when using a trickle charger and disconnect it after the battery has been fully charged. The indicator light on most chargers will indicate when the battery has been fully charged. The battery will be overcharged if the charger is kept connected after this.
· Ensure the charger is turned off before disconnecting it. Disconnect the negative lead first, and then the positive lead.