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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-05-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Can you use an extension cord with a Battery Tender?

My Battery Tender says not to use an extension cord, which is understandable, I suppose, given the function of the device. But is it truly not a good idea, or are they just being unnecessarily cautious? I ask because since I'm not using an extension cord, the bike is in front of my wife's car in the garage...if I could use a cord, I could park it on the side of the garage, where it'd be more convenient and impossible for my wife to inadvertently smash into it when pulling in.

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I've got the bigger version, but mine's been plugged into an extension cord for years, I always use one. Just make sure you use one of the bigger gauge ones, don't use a lamp cord type.

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I have always used an extension cord without problem.
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-05-2011, 07:56 PM
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Go buy or make a big orange cone put it in front of the bike a good distance tell your wife stop when she hits the cone...problem solved!


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i have had two bikes for the past 3 plus years, both chargers are plugged into the same extention cord, i do use one of those heavy duty orange ones though. The garage is still standing and the house hasnt burnt down.

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Sure thing as long as it's not a cheesy one. We had battery tenders on our fire engines and they were all hooked up with extension cords.

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The problem that they don't want is using an extension cord without a ground line. The amp draw is negligible, and the cord don't even have to be that heavy. I've used cords outside & in the shop with mine.

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Well, this is good news...I'm thrilled that it sounds like I can use an extension cord; I can't tell you what a positive difference this will make. As to this:

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The problem that they don't want is using an extension cord without a ground line.
Can you dumb that down for me? Does that just mean that, as the others suggest, it just need to be a larger-type cord (not the skinny indoor lamp type)? I have a thick orange rubber outdoor-type one that I could easily put into service.

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GROUND LINE OR THREE PRONG !
For dummies only all others avert your eyes !
OOPs too late

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