Battery Tender Plus
No loyal ATV rider in his or her right mind
would want to spend a beautiful summer Saturday
morning visiting yard sales when they could be
out on the trails. But sometimes you make
sacrifices for the ones you love. One such
Saturday, I was rewarded with a yard sale find
like no other I had ever come across.
The typical product review is
the result of a journalist or publication
receiving a promotional item from a marketing
firm or directly from a manufacturer. Not in
this case. This product review is the result of
a yard sale find bought in brand new condition
for a measly sum.
I saw the Battery Tender Plus among the
discarded knick-knacks and worn Tupperware
containers of a neighborhood yard sale it was
like seeing a tulip growing among thistles and
ragweed. I quickly snatched it from its humble
setting and asked the attentive seller, “How
much?” She replied, “What is it?... How about
$5?” I agreed and quickly retired from the scene
with my prize in hand. Later, I would feel a few
pangs of guilt for acquiring this new tool for
such a bargain price, but who was I to slap away
the benevolent hand of the yard sale angel.
I had seen this product in ATV
magazines and at my local ATV dealer, but
because its retail price exceeded the cost of my
dog’s anti-anxiety medication, I refrained from
purchasing one. My patience had paid off. My
only hope was that the product would live up to
its hype as “The World’s Most Advanced Fully
Automatic Battery Charger.”
Living in a suburban area, I
don’t get to ride nearly as often as I would
like. My machine often sits for weeks (or even
months during the winter) without as much as a
spin around the yard. Getting the opportunity to
go for a ride is sometimes as complicated as
launching the Space Shuttle… is the weather
right?… is the calendar clear of obligations?…
is the riding area closed or over crowded? A
mechanical failure is the biggest mission
stopper of them all. There is little margin for
error and no patience for a dead battery.
Enter the Battery Tender Plus.
Produced by the Deltran Corporation, this marvel
of modern convenience holds dead batteries at
bay while your machine is idled by weather or a
lack of riding time. Simply attach the battery
leads to your ATV battery and plug it in; the
Battery Tender’s microprocessor does the rest.
When first connected to the battery, the Battery
Tender delivers a gentle charge to bring the ATV
battery up to its full capacity. When its
built-in microprocessor senses the battery is
close to capacity, it switches over to a “float”
or maintenance charge to keep the battery fresh
and avoid overcharging and causing irreversible
damage. No need to unhook it, no need to unplug
it. Just leave it attached until you are ready
to fire up your ATV for a day on the trails.
The devise comes with two ways to attach
to your battery: traditional alligator
clips and a this quick disconnect cable
The devise comes with two ways
to attach to your battery: traditional alligator
clips and a quick disconnect cable harness.
Since I generally remove my battery for storage
in the friendlier climate of my workbench, I
utilize the alligator clips. But the quick
disconnect cable harness would be ideal for
someone looking for an easy way to attach the
Battery Tender to their machine’s battery.
Regardless of which method you choose, the
Battery Tender is virtually idiot proof.
Flashing lights signal you if you accidentally
reverse the polarity of the charging leads. It
connects without the typical sparks you often
get with traditional battery chargers and is
protected with continuous short-circuit
protection. Two simple lights signal the
charging state of your battery and let you know
when a dead battery is charged up enough to use.
If only caring for anxiety-ridden dogs were as
Lately, my riding time has been
limited even more than usual. Moves to a new
house, a new job, and the aforementioned
wonder-mutt have put a crimp in my riding plans.
Meanwhile, my ATV battery waits patiently, ready
for action with the help of my Battery Tender
Plus. Seeing it in action, I would not hesitate
to drink Maxwell House over Starbucks for the
requisite number of days to save up for the
retail purchase price. Its money well spent on
a product that lives up to its hype.