Before venturing out on the road for the first time after an enforced lay-up, there are five essential pre-ride checks to make, often referred to by the acronym POWER:
- Petrol – check the gauge or the tank to make sure you have enough fuel for your journey
- Oil – check the sight glass or dipstick to make sure the engine oil level is correct
- Water – if your bike is water cooled, check the level in the reservoir or radiator
- Electrics – make sure your battery is fully charged and the lights, indicators and horn are all working
- Rubber – check your tyres are the correct pressure, tread depth is legal and there is no damage (from tears, punctures or perishing)
Most of these steps involve a simple, visual check, but making sure a battery is fully charged and working as it should is a little more complicated.
Fortunately OptiMate offer a range of monitors that make it easy to keep an eye on the condition of a bike’s 12v battery while it is parked for an extended time and chargers that will keep it in peak condition.
Unlike app-based monitors, OptiMate produces plug-and-play devices, designed to draw almost zero power from the bike’s battery. Charge level is indicated on an easy-to-read LED display panel, and when the motorcycle is started, the OptiMate monitor confirms whether the vehicle charging system is delivering the correct charge voltage. The O-125 monitor pictured sells at £19.99 inc VAT.
OptiMate‘s battery chargers also feature easy-to-understand status indicators, and automatically monitor, charge and maintain batteries. They are fully automated – no input is required once connected – and the range covers most battery types found on motorcycles:
OptiMate1 Duo (RRP £39.99 inc VAT) is ideal for charging and maintaining batteries under four years-old, automatically recognising whether they are lead acid or Lithium Ion.
OptiMate3 Global (£59.99) is designed with a wide range input (100-240V, 50-60Hz) that works with mains electricity around the world. It diagnoses, charges, tests and maintains all types of 12V lead-acid batteriesand will even recover sulphated batteries with almost zero charge remaining.
OptiMate 4 (£72.99) features all the proven functions that earned OptiMate the recommendation of virtually every major motorcycle manufacturer, plus unique keyless connectivity for CanBUS-equipped bikes;
OptiMate Lithium 0.8A (£62.99) is specifically designed to safely monitor and maintain lithium batteries, and will reset the internal BMS (Battery Management System) so that charging can begin.