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How to Charge an ATV Battery

by Tyson Simmons

ATV batteries, especially when not used for long periods of time, have a tendency of becoming completely dead. So it is important to be able to effectively recharge them. This process, with the correct tools, is extremely simple, and can be done by nearly anyone.

Push the ATV near a power outlet.

Use a socket wrench to remove the bolts securing the ATV's seat. Then remove the seat by sliding it backwards and pulling it up.

Remove the battery mount covers on the ATV's battery, and place the corresponding charge clamps from a standard auto battery charger on the mounts. Make sure that positive and negative are matched up correctly before continuing.

Plug in the charger to a power outlet, and set the charger to the 4-volt output setting.

Allow the battery to charge for 45 minutes.

Unplug the battery charger and remove the charge clamps from the ATV's battery mounts.


  • If you have the time, use the battery charger on the 2-volt setting and allow the battery to charge for 2 hours rather than just 45 minutes.


  • Do not allow the battery to charge for more than 45 minutes on the 4-volt setting. Doing so may overcharge the battery and permanently ruin it.

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About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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