How long should I trickle charge my Lambretta scooter?

by TJ
(Spokane, WA)

I own a Lambretta Duo 50 scooter, electric ignition, won't start... It was stored over the winter without a trickle charger which I now have and am charging it.

How long should it charge for? Can you damage it by over charging? The battery has just started a bubbling sound and the bike will now turn over but not fully start.

Any advice - in simple English for this first timer gal.
Thanks TJ

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Apr 06, 2011
by: Jim Zeiser

If your battery is bubbling and not starting the scooter it's either A) time for a new battery or B) time to try and kick start it and take it for a ride and let the stator charge it. If it doesn't hold the charge see A)
I'm not a fan of trickle chargers. To me they're a giant band aid covering an ill. All my stuff fires up after sitting all winter except the Kawasaki, which has a crappy battery too small for its own good. That one I put on two amps for three hours and it's good for the season.

Apr 06, 2011
Battery no-no's
by: Grandpascooter

First - NEVER leave the battery in the machine over winter unless you use it daily!. When finished for the season, remove it - clean it up - bring it indoors where it's warm, and use a "Float Trickle Charger" that will charge the battery, then keep it topped up for instant use. I would suggest, if you have an electrical outlet near the scooter, installing a "pigtail" on the battery, tuck the socket under the floor mat while riding, and using your Float Charger as soon as you reach home.

My scooter is plugged in 24/7...and I never have a problem. Don't go cheap, buy a good unit. Schumacher makes several good ones and they will pay for themselves...they also come with the "pigtail" you'll need. Enjoy.

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