ATV Battery ChargingWhen an ATV sits unused for an extended period of time, like over the winter, your battery will often times have lose its charge. As long as you have the right equipment, it is actually quite simple to learn how to charge ATV battery.

The process of charging an ATV battery is actually quite simple if you know what you are doing and have the right equipment. There are several types of battery chargers on the market that will work to charge the battery, but you must use the correct settings and properly connect it to the battery terminals or your battery can become damaged. In this tutorial, we will discuss all the necessary equipment and steps so you know how to charge ATV battery.

What Type of Battery Charger?

The first step to charging your ATV battery is to obtain the correct type of battery charger. Luckily, an ATV will typically use a 12 volt battery, which is the same voltage as a car battery. This means that if you have a battery charger lying around for your car or truck, you can probably use that same charger for your ATV battery. There are a few companies that offer ATV battery chargers, but as long as you have a 4 amp output setting on your car charger it will work just fine.

What Settings Should I Use?

Now that you have your battery charger ready to go, it’s time to select the proper settings to completely charge your ATV’s battery. The proper setting to charge an ATV battery uses a 4 amp output. This type of charging is called a “trickle charge” because it uses low amperage over an extended period of time to provide a deep and consistent recharge of the battery’s cells. If you’re in a big hurry, you can use the 6 amp output setting; but I wouldn’t recommend any higher settings when learning how to charge ATV battery. The whole process will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours depending on the quality of your battery charger.

Connecting the Charger to your ATV Battery

Now that you are ready to charge the battery, position your ATV close enough to an outlet that the battery charger can reach. Next, you will need to remove the seat from your ATV. To do this, you will need a ratchet and socket to remove a handful of bolts that secure the seat to the body of the ATV. Once the bolts are removed, you should be able to lift the seat off fairly easy.  You should now be able to see the battery.

After gaining access to the battery, you will need to connect the clamps from the battery charger to the appropriate battery terminals. Make sure the battery charger is unplugged from the wall before you connect it to the battery. The charger’s clamps should be color coded; one black and one red. The positive side (+) is the red clamp and the negative side (-) is the black clamp. Once the clamps are connected to the battery, plug in the charger and let it charge until the meter says it is complete. Once the battery has fully charged, unplug the battery charger from the wall and disconnect the clamps from the battery terminals. Then, you just need to bolt the seat back on and you are ready to ride again. Following these easy steps, you will always know how to charge ATV battery.

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