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    Optimate charger issue
    on: August 17, 2021, 08:46:33 pm
    August 17, 2021, 08:46:33 pm
    So, I'm 2 weeks in to the bike and have come across a minor problem. I've got an Optimate 4 (about 4 years old) trickle charger but it doesn't work with the Honda charging lead. Works with the crocodile clips, but doesn't connect with the lead. Tried Optimate but they couldn't help. Lead is wired direct to the battery and the fuse is OK. Anybody else had any issues with the charging lead or any suggestions?

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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #1 on: August 18, 2021, 06:56:36 am
    August 18, 2021, 06:56:36 am
    *Originally Posted by BruceLedLoaf [+]
    So, I'm 2 weeks in to the bike and have come across a minor problem. I've got an Optimate 4 (about 4 years old) trickle charger but it doesn't work with the Honda charging lead. Works with the crocodile clips, but doesn't connect with the lead. Tried Optimate but they couldn't help. Lead is wired direct to the battery and the fuse is OK. Anybody else had any issues with the charging lead or any suggestions?

    Didn't the Optimate come with it's own battery connector? That's what I've been using on both my bikes. Just wire it to the battery and the connector at the other end is compatible with the Optimate lead.  :027:
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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #2 on: August 18, 2021, 09:04:07 am
    August 18, 2021, 09:04:07 am
    As Skids says the Optimate comes with its own connecting lead. Replacement leads are available from many sources including The Sports Bike Shop.
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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #3 on: August 18, 2021, 10:37:46 am
    August 18, 2021, 10:37:46 am
    Thanks both, yes, the Optimate lead plugs straight in to the Honda lead. It just doesn't charge. Swap over to the crocodile  clips and it works fine. Frustrating!

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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #4 on: August 18, 2021, 12:11:50 pm
    August 18, 2021, 12:11:50 pm
    *Originally Posted by BruceLedLoaf [+]
    Thanks both, yes, the Optimate lead plugs straight in to the Honda lead. It just doesn't charge. Swap over to the crocodile  clips and it works fine. Frustrating!

    What is this "Honda lead"? Do you mean the lead that connects to the battery terminals that comes supplied with the Optimate? If that is not working, you should be able to get a replacement from Optimate.
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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #5 on: August 18, 2021, 03:36:51 pm
    August 18, 2021, 03:36:51 pm
    Hi Skids, it's the lead already connected to the battery terminals that was attached when I bought the bike. The charger lead fits into this lead. Does that make more sense?

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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #6 on: August 18, 2021, 04:23:15 pm
    August 18, 2021, 04:23:15 pm
    OK, so I should have had my glasses on. What I thought was an original Honda lead is actually an Optmate connector on the battery terminals. I'll try Optmate again. Never to old for a learning experience!

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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #7 on: August 19, 2021, 06:11:49 am
    August 19, 2021, 06:11:49 am
    *Originally Posted by BruceLedLoaf [+]
    OK, so I should have had my glasses on. What I thought was an original Honda lead is actually an Optmate connector on the battery terminals. I'll try Optmate again. Never to old for a learning experience!

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    98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles, 08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles, 15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (all sold)
    14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
    18 VFR800X - 16,000 miles
    01 VFR800 Fi-1 - 9000 miles

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    Re: Optimate charger issue
    Reply #8 on: September 30, 2021, 03:30:41 pm
    September 30, 2021, 03:30:41 pm
    Postscript to the above.
    Optimate replaced the lead F.O.C. with overnight delivery. Impressed.

     


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