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    Default How much electric does an Optimate use

    As winter approaches, two Ducatis in the garage both on Optimates, bearing in mind the cost of electric do they use much power??? If so then a day a week would surely do to keep battery fresh? Thoughts please....
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    Bruce,
    And you thought Scotsmen were stingy

    Mine is quoted at 12V, 0.6A. So the power it can use is 12 x 0.6 = 7.2W
    That is a tiny amount of power and is the maximum that the Optimate will use if the battery is flat. When in float mode it probably only uses a fraction of that.
    For comparison it will need to run for 138.9 hours to use 1KwHr. That is the same amount of power that a 1 bar electric fire would use in an hour.
    I wouldn't rely too much on the optimate. If the battery connector makes a bad connection the light will remain green fooling you into thinking the battery is fully charged. In reality it may not be charging at all.
    I only put my battery on charge once every 3 or 4 weeks while the bike is laid up and they usually last me 5 or 6 years.

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    i've got my Optimate connected 24/7 at the moment as it's all dubbed up for winter. Are we saying that once a month wee boost would be fine, cos I'd be much happier with that. At the moment, keep thinking its going to overheat or go up in smoke! Had a bad experience with a battery exploding on a tipper I was working on once and never been the same since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    Bruce,
    I only put my battery on charge once every 3 or 4 weeks while the bike is laid up and they usually last me 5 or 6 years.
    Same here - my bike lives outside all year and even in the depths of last winter I only gave it a top up charge once every 2 weeks if I wasn't using it. The same approach worked fine with the old multistrada and previous (garaged) bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pict View Post
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    Told you before, I'm only picking it up once you've fixed the compressor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceCampbell View Post
    As winter approaches, two Ducatis in the garage both on Optimates, bearing in mind the cost of electric do they use much power??? If so then a day a week would surely do to keep battery fresh? Thoughts please....
    Bruce, better a wee trickle of cash going out on the elecrtic bill over the winter, than in the spring the missus seeing you spend dosh on two new batteries!!..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Slippy View Post
    Told you before, I'm only picking it up once you've fixed the compressor!
    LOL - It's fixed enough for a trip to the dump!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceCampbell View Post
    As winter approaches, two Ducatis in the garage both on Optimates, bearing in mind the cost of electric do they use much power??? If so then a day a week would surely do to keep battery fresh? Thoughts please....
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordj65 View Post
    take it your a yorkshire man then bruce!!
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    Thanks to all who have given me th benefit of yer wisdom....I will do a day a month for both Harry's ST2 and the Monster and that should keep things Coustie!!!
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    Yes I can afford to run two optimates over the winter but thought it was overkill as the bikes are unlikely to run from Nov to March.......I'm not being tight but looking at all household costs as we all probably are will have to run convector heaters over the winter cos I only have an open fire as my sole source of heat so Enpower will be inviting me to their Xmas party as their best customer!!! And Curriedug no worries on the wife front re new batteries as there is no Mrs Campbell!!! (twice was enough)
    Have decide that a 24hr blast on the optimates once a month over the winter should suffice, if it gets down to -15c like last year may put them on as a special treat.....
    Thanks for all the input guys....
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    FFS - convector heaters are really expensive! You must be loaded therefore can obviously afford to run a Ducati. Humble apologies.

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    Convector heaters. They cost more to run than the two RB211 generators I have out on the platform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceCampbell View Post
    Yes I can afford to run two optimates over the winter but thought it was overkill as the bikes are unlikely to run from Nov to March.......I'm not being tight but looking at all household costs as we all probably are will have to run convector heaters over the winter cos I only have an open fire as my sole source of heat so Enpower will be inviting me to their Xmas party as their best customer!!! And Curriedug no worries on the wife front re new batteries as there is no Mrs Campbell!!! (twice was enough)
    Have decide that a 24hr blast on the optimates once a month over the winter should suffice, if it gets down to -15c like last year may put them on as a special treat.....
    Thanks for all the input guys....
    However still can't get over Gordons accusation re being a Yorkshireman totally below the belt......eeee by gum!!!!
    my apologies for assuming your a tight yorkshireman, an even tighter northumbrian then ?
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    Aye guys I know convector heaters are expensive to run, but last winter it got down to -15c and the open fire was struggling to heat even the front room, luckily I burn mostly pallets which are the right price (nowt) so a wee blast on the heater to save me freezing to death is allowed......may spend a wee bit more time at the girlfriends over the winter cos she's got central heating!!!!!
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