Battery charger blows SAE tender fuse ... - ZX Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
lawlist's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2012
From: Los Angeles, CA
I Ride: 2012 ZX-14R

Posts: 722
Battery charger blows SAE tender fuse ...

I would like to charge my battery on the 2012 ZX14R without removing it from the bike. I was hoping to charge the battery with the existing SAE connector that comes off the battery. So, I bought an SAE connector with alligator clips. I connected the two SAE connectors together and connected the alligator clips from the SAE connector to my battery charger alligator clips. I immediately blew the 7.5 amp fuse coming off the built in SAE connector attached to the battery. So, I went out and bought 15 amp fuses. I disconnected the charger from the electrical outlet and put in a 15 amp fuse and it blew instantly. Even though the battery charger is _not_ plugged in to a power supply, simply connecting the alligator clips from the battery to the alligator clips from the charger causes new fuses to be blown instantly. Is it possible to charge the battery (without removing it) using an SAE battery tender; and, if so, then how does one go about that?





lawlist is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 04:55 PM
EZ Rider
 
185EZ's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
From: Lake Havasu City,AZ USA
I Ride: 2014 ZX14R

Posts: 58,273
Garage
Check your polarity at the battery connector
Quote:
Originally Posted by Astrav6 View Post
Ok that's an SAE connector just do a search on eBay. Not sure if the red and black are correct so ypu would need to check

December 2011 ROTM winner



Quote:
Originally Posted by massa222000 View Post
YOU'RE F - KING AWESOME!!!
185EZ is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
lawlist's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2012
From: Los Angeles, CA
I Ride: 2012 ZX-14R

Posts: 722
Thank you, 185EZ, I'll check that out tomorrow. I remember being told that the red/black might be reversed, but found it hard to believe that a company makes these SAE alligator clips didn't know that black is for negative and red is for positive. Having burned out three fuses today, a wrong polarity certain seems plausible in hind-sight.
lawlist is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 08:46 PM
Senior Member
 
Satan's Spawn's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2012
From: Hell's inner circle
I Ride: 05 ZX6R

Posts: 271
If it still blows fuses, try getting a circuit breaker to put in the fuse slot until you figure it out. At least that way you can save money on the fuses.
Satan's Spawn is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2019, 12:47 AM
Newbie
 
Joined: Nov 2018

Posts: 26
Ok don't take this the wrong way but I see it way to many times
The fuse is there to protect the system and is of the correct size so if it blows there is a problem. Replacing it with a bigger fuse will not correct the problem and in most cases will destroy what the fuse is trying to protect as it will be the next thing in the line.

If you have both sides of the Connector off the bike then if you don't have a multimeter just plug them together and slowly run your finger down the red cable from the battery side and follow it all the way to the clips and see which one it comes out on.

Dave

dave
Astrav6 is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2019, 03:53 AM
Senior Member
 
Hammerhead's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
From: Southern Illinois
I Ride: '07 ZX-14

Posts: 12,924
Possibly the battery has an internal short and that's why i needs charging in the first place?

It may be a pig, but it's a pig with a rocket in it's ass!
Hammerhead is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2019, 04:31 AM
Member
 
Joined: Dec 2018
From: Aiken, SC
I Ride: Buell 1125r, Honda VFR800, Kawasaki ZX14, Honda CBR 600rr

Posts: 43
No need to blow fuses or even use the battery to check this. Just do a continuity check on your SAE leads (connect one lead from multimeter to one end and the other to the other end and it will beep if there's continuity -- the female part of the plug should be +)

If you don't have a multimeter get one. It's essential equipment. Harbor Freight gives them away with any purchase and an easily found coupon. The cheap ones are fine for basic use.

You could also check battery voltage, alligator clip continuity etc. In 5 minutes you'd have it figured out methinks.
Bat-1 is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2019, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
lawlist's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2012
From: Los Angeles, CA
I Ride: 2012 ZX-14R

Posts: 722
Thank you all for the great tips. I have been wanting to buy a multi-purpose voltage tester (multimeter) and this is a great excuse to go shopping today. :)
lawlist is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 04:28 AM
EZ Rider
 
185EZ's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
From: Lake Havasu City,AZ USA
I Ride: 2014 ZX14R

Posts: 58,273
Garage
Did you figure it out?

December 2011 ROTM winner



Quote:
Originally Posted by massa222000 View Post
YOU'RE F - KING AWESOME!!!
185EZ is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
lawlist's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2012
From: Los Angeles, CA
I Ride: 2012 ZX-14R

Posts: 722
Thanks, 185EZ, for following up. Due to a combination of cold weather, rain locally and also in surrounding potential destinations within the L.A. area, general laziness, obsession with other hobbies, work related projects, time spent with the significant other, etc., the charged battery remains sitting on the corner of my desk waiting to be installed. Today is booked solid, but perhaps tomorrow I will be able to get some time in to dedicate to the Ninja ....
lawlist is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 09:12 AM
EZ Rider
 
185EZ's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
From: Lake Havasu City,AZ USA
I Ride: 2014 ZX14R

Posts: 58,273
Garage
Lol, the time it took you to write that you could have had the cables switched and charging.

December 2011 ROTM winner



Quote:
Originally Posted by massa222000 View Post
YOU'RE F - KING AWESOME!!!
185EZ is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the ZX Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing pig-tail on battery for Battery Tender -- any tips? KemoSabe ZX-14 Forum 12 11-06-2017 05:21 AM
Battery tender/charger fail...what am I doing wrong? GNice4U ZX-14 Forum 7 12-29-2010 05:36 PM
Need help choosisng a battery charger/tender alou ZX-6R Forum 10 03-25-2009 05:25 AM
Battery Charger Connection Hitman GTR 1400 Forum 15 10-16-2007 08:06 AM
battery tender anyone? Rocklee GTR 1400 Forum 2 08-16-2007 09:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome