How to Charge a Motorcycle Gel Battery

by Chris Gilliland

Many motorcyclists are drawn to the use of gel-cell batteries to power their machines, due largely to their maintenance-free nature. However, these gel batteries are used very rarely with a motorcycle-based application. What motorcyclists refer to as gel batteries are really AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries, which operate on the same principle of suspended lead acid electrolyte in a permanently sealed container. And unlike a real gel-cell battery, which requires special care to charge, charging an AGM battery is a simple and uncomplicated task.

1

Unbolt the motorcycle's seat, using an Allen wrench, or pull off the side cover off of the motorcycle's frame to access the battery.

2

Unscrew the black cable from the battery's negative post, using a Phillips screwdriver. Unscrew the red cable from the battery's positive post, using a Phillips screwdriver. Lift the battery out of the motorcycle.

3

Connect the battery to an automatic battery charger. Place the charger's red clip on the battery's positive post, and put the black clip on the negative post.

4

Turn the battery charger on to begin the charging process.

5

Remove the battery after the charger indicates that it is fully charged. Turn off the battery charger. Remove the black clip from the battery, followed by the red clip.

6

Reinstall the battery in the motorcycle, following the reverse method of removal.

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About the Author

An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.

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