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PetNich
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Hi everyone, just took delivery of my new TC Max - brilliant bit of kit! Shop that I bought it from said that to charge the bike with battery still in the bike that I need to open up the battery compartment, take off the main power cable (that sends power to the bike when operational) and attach a charging cable (which sits in the compartment doing nothing most of the time). Then to attach the main charging cable (which is connected to the mains) to the port on the side of the bike.

Just checking that this is correct (?) as it seems a bit pointless plugging in the charger to a port on the side if you still need to get into the battery compartment to switch over cables anyway. Might as well just plug the the main charger into the top of the battery whilst the compartment is open. Don't know anything about batteries / electronics so don't want to risk damage to the bike by testing all the different configurations. Does anyone know if the bike will charge if you simply plug the charger into the port on the side without switching cables in the main compartment?

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FCFanBoy
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Hi PetNich,

The shop's instructions are correct plus, according to the manual, you will need to plug the charger into the side port/battery before plugging the the charger into the wall outlet.

Plugging the charger into the side port without swapping the cables in the battery compartment would not work as the charger would not be connected to the battery. Think of the side port as a charger extension cable so whilst you could plug the charger directly into the battery doing so may put excessive stress on the charger cable.

I hope this helps.

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sergialosa
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@fcfanboy

Hello, What do you mean "may put excessive stress on the charger cable"? 

Regards

 

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FCFanBoy
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@sergialosa

Hi,

"Excessive stress" in this instance could occur if the charger cable was stretched too far thereby lifting the charger body who's weight causes stress on the cable. 

It is, after all, an electrical cable not a suspension cable.

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Moose
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Ah thanks for the tip, I thought mine was broken. Well, that's an odd design for sure!

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Larchyboy
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Its configured that way to allow the alarm to work while charging. That way the alarm still recieves power if you went direct to the battery from charger there would be no power on the bike

 

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sergialosa
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@larchyboy

The way it is, by changing the orange cable that connects the motorbike electricity to the battery, with the black "extension cable" and then the charger on the side built in port, it will still not give power to the alarm, since the black cable that sits inside just works as an extension of the charger... I don't think everyone has it like this or am i wrong!? Not very good system always having to unplug one and pluging the other one and when its charged having to do it again. Now imagine you have to remove the battery and take it inside your house is almost has troubled...

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mrbombermillzy
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Maybe this thread should be in the rather lonely TC Max forum? 😉

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TCMaximillian
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That black charging cable should have been removed by your dealer. If you look under the seat it is plugged in to a connector. Remove it, then remove the black cable completely. There will be another cable under the seat which is flapping about, plug it in to the socket that you unplugged the black cable from. Now you can charge your TC Max using the side port without having to unplug anything.

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sergialosa
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Is it safe to do it? How did you come up with that idea?

 

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