Micro Start antigravity battery report

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    A week or so ago a thread was started titled "Trip essentials". I made a post in that thread where I mentioned my wife bought me a micro start anti gravity battery. At that point I had never used one, so I couldn't give a first hand report.
    A post was made in that thread with a link that showed a "fail" of this battery with subsequent sarcastic replies how this would be at the top of a "want list". So, I had to see for myself if this thing was really worth taking up valuable space in my saddle bag or if it was just a paper weight.

    I switched the key to accessory and turned the audio system on with the satellite radio on until the bike battery went dead. This I have done by accident before, it took about 3 hours. The panel lights were dim, I got a faint solenoid click and absolutely no starter movement at all.

    Now my test was on a "normal" day and I did not disconnect the battery cables from the bike. I connected the clamps and plugged it into the unit, and hit the start button, nothing. Pulled out the instructions and it made a point to say "make sure the connector is fully plugged into the unit". I checked again and sure enough, I had thought I was in the first time, but the plug goes in much further than one would think, hence the special notice. (This may have been the problem in the fail clip)

    After securing the plug this time, bingo, started up as advertised. I shut the key of and cycled the starter 3 more times, it spun like it had a fresh battery.

    Conclusions, I will carry this thing in my bike, (doesn't take up that much space), and if I ever run into any of you naysayers out on the byways with a dead battery and need help, I will do everything in my power, (pun intended), to get you up and running. Until then cheers.:toast:

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    Ken
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  • #2
    Thank you for that report! I'm convinced.

    The video of them starting with the bike battery disconnected was impressive, but I still wasn't totally convinced. Real world experience is always nice.
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    • #3
      This is directly out of the manual.

      "On average the Micro start can hold a charge for up to 6 months. This will depend on the conditions the MS is stored in.
      Heat and cold fluctuations can effect this. It is best to check the state of charge at least once every 2 to 3 months".

      No reference to discharging and recharging. Longevity at this point is not something I can speak to, we will see.
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      Ken
      ..........Central California.........'03 1800 Durango red, the fastest color

      "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it".......Mark Twain

      "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity."........ Abraham Lincoln

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      • #4
        Originally posted by flyerq68 View Post
        A week or so ago a thread was started titled "Trip essentials". I made a post in that thread where I mentioned my wife bought me a micro start anti gravity battery. At that point I had never used one, so I couldn't give a first hand report.
        A post was made in that thread with a link that showed a "fail" of this battery with subsequent sarcastic replies how this would be at the top of a "want list". So, I had to see for myself if this thing was really worth taking up valuable space in my saddle bag or if it was just a paper weight.

        I switched the key to accessory and turned the audio system on with the satellite radio on until the bike battery went dead. This I have done by accident before, it took about 3 hours. The panel lights were dim, I got a faint solenoid click and absolutely no starter movement at all.

        Now my test was on a "normal" day and I did not disconnect the battery cables from the bike. I connected the clamps and plugged it into the unit, and hit the start button, nothing. Pulled out the instructions and it made a point to say "make sure the connector is fully plugged into the unit". I checked again and sure enough, I had thought I was in the first time, but the plug goes in much further than one would think, hence the special notice. (This may have been the problem in the fail clip)

        After securing the plug this time, bingo, started up as advertised. I shut the key of and cycled the starter 3 more times, it spun like it had a fresh battery.

        Conclusions, I will carry this thing in my bike, (doesn't take up that much space), and if I ever run into any of you naysayers out on the byways with a dead battery and need help, I will do everything in my power, (pun intended), to get you up and running. Until then cheers.:toast:

        I have this exact unit, and last week in Nashville started a diesel pickup twice. Well worth the money.
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        • #5
          I picked up one of these about a year ago and have never had a chance to use it yet. Just took it out and checked it and still had four bars showing a charge. Thanks for the review and it's good to know it works when it's needed.

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          • #6
            I've had mine since Spring. I used it to charge my IPad, phone and camera while on a trip and just recently found the need to start my boat (90 horse Yamaha) It took a few minutes to get it to fire and the cables got hot, but it worked like advertised. I won't leave the house without it

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Shoeman View Post
              I've had mine since Spring. I used it to charge my IPad, phone and camera while on a trip
              It would probably be worth having just for that.

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              • #8
                Very nice for those long trips and peace of mind.
                2010 Pearl Yellow L3, Double Darksider #856, Ultimate Midrider Seat w Yellow inlays, F4+4 Tinted, Live To Ride, Love my Wing

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                • #9
                  Before my wife went to Australia this past January she purchased a battery pack just to recharge her phone, camera and Kindle. I think she paid around $80 for it at the Verizon Store. For a bit more she could have gotten this one that will start the car or bikes too.

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                  • #10
                    Trying it on my GoldWing
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                    • #11
                      Great video, ChrisE. I have one and have used it 4-5 times already (boosting other cars & trucks). Works like a charm & will never travel anywhere without it!

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                      • #12
                        I wonder if you could make a an adapter to plug right into the Battery Buddy maintainer plug? That would make quick starts easier...
                        2006 Titanium Level 3 'Wing with a few 'farkles. From Mesa, Az.
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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by azsandrider View Post
                        I wonder if you could make a an adapter to plug right into the Battery Buddy maintainer plug? That would make quick starts easier...
                        Sure could. Just be certain to follow correct polarity.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by azsandrider View Post
                          I wonder if you could make a an adapter to plug right into the Battery Buddy maintainer plug? That would make quick starts easier...
                          Don't think the wires would handle the very high current needed to start the bike.

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