The 5 Best Motorcycle Battery Chargers 2017 to Keep your Battery in Permanent Party Mode


If you’re reading this, you’re obviously in the market for a battery charger, which means you’re laying your bike up for the winter or your battery is on its way to that last roundup.

Alternatively, an operating system on your bike is draining your battery between rides, and you just need to keep it perky.

Either way, everything depends on the type of battery and the way the bike uses it. In other words, if you’ve got an old 6v dirt bike, whose only task is to provide a spark and occasionally light up a two-watt headlamp, then it’s no biggy.

Alternatively, you may own one of the latest two-wheeled luxury cruise liners, which rely on battery power for everything from operating the parking motor to the fan on the wine cooler. So, the advice there is read your owner’s manual.

Finally, just to explain a couple of things, disconnecting your battery will not adversely affect your ECU. However, it can mess with your alarm system so once again read up, in case there’s a service mode you need to input.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. For the benefit of this piece I’m going to assume that you just need a device to keep your bike’s electronic heart beating, so let’s look at what the best five battery chargers have to offer.

The Best 5 Motorcycle Battery Chargers 2017 #1: MOTOPOWER MP00205A 12V

The MP is a compact sized charger with a plug-in and leave type operating system.

Offering no maintenance charging for everything from cars to lawnmowers, it’s perfect for motorcycles that just need a fuss-free trickle charge. The device is fully automatic, and the onboard microprocessor oversees the entire charging process.

The charger stops automatically when the battery reaches its optimum state of charge. After which it keeps track of the battery, allowing a float charge to keep it in A1 condition.

The MP’s microprocessor means there’s no need to worry about overcharging, short circuits or putting the wires in the wrong way.

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The Best 5 Motorcycle Battery Chargers 2017 #2: NOCO Genius G1100

It’s called the Genius for a reason, and the GL1100 comes with an awful lot of bells and whistles.

Not only can the Genius handle 6v and 12v batteries, but also lithium-ion, a favorite of the custom-build and race community for their smaller/lighter size.

The GL1100’s onboard computer can charge twice as fast as a conventional charger if needed and automatically goes into repair mode if it detects that the battery is damaged.

According to the manufacturers, it is also useful for stop-start vehicles (some small capacity scooters already use this technology). It’s also safe for CANBUS electrical systems, which should please BMW owners.

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The Best 5 Motorcycle Battery Chargers 2017 #3: Battery Tender 021-0123 Junior

The Junior is specifically aimed at 12v lead-acid type batteries (including absorbent glass mat and gel type) and is an easy to use, no-nonsense piece of kit.

The small, lightweight unit is ideal if space is an issue and although a basic model does come with all the features, you’ll need to keep your battery ready to rock.

There are some handy safety modes built in to stop you getting too bent out of shape when connecting to the battery.  These features include anti spark mode and reverse polarity protection.

The Junior has four charging modes, keeping the battery topped up with a trickle/float charge after initial charging.  A 12ft long output lead and five-year warranty are both included.

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The Best 5 Motorcycle Battery Chargers 2017 #4: Schumacher SEM-1562A-CA

A good, robust and hefty piece of kit that at three pounds in weight can also double as a decent doorstop!  Official suppliers of chargers and jump starters to NASCAR, the Schumacher should give years of reliable use.

On some chargers, you have to select 6v or 12v, but the SEM’s microprocessor detects the difference automatically. This feature prevents potential battery damage, as does the charging shut down when the optimum charge is detected.

When the battery shows a dip in power, the SEM automatically kicks back in with a small charge to top it up, thus preventing possible ‘overcooking’ from a constant charge.

The SEM also has a desulphation mode for your Walking Dead batteries and comes with a two-year warranty.

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The Best 5 Motorcycle Battery Chargers 2017 #5: BatteryMINDer 2012

If you’re a career biker, chances are you’ve got more than one motorcycle in the garage, and if so, the BatteryMINDer 2012  could be the charger for you.

Not only is it a totally plug and run item, but the BM’s microprocessor gives it five distinct modes that run from initial charge to maintenance mode. An onboard sensor also automatically engages desulphating mode if the battery needs some intensive care.

The BM features an ambient temperature gauge that covers from 0-130 degrees F. This means that your battery will never be over or under charged regardless of atmospheric conditions and in a country with 11 distinct temperature zones, that’s handy.

The feature that gives the BM a place in our list is its ability to charge multiple batteries at one time. As long as the batteries are parallel wired using a BM Y connector (part number 210AY), you can maintain up to six bikes.

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5 Best Motorcycle Battery Chargers 2017: Conclusion

If you want the basics, then the Motopower is a no-brainer. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the BatteryMinder, which does give you multiple charging options.

The Junior is a compact size which is a plus point. So for me,  there is a dead heat between the Genius and the Schumacher.

I’d give one of the Best 5 Motorcycle Chargers room in any workshop, but personally, having had overheating problems with permanently-on chargers in the past, I like the fact that the Schumacher shuts down when the battery has a full charge.