The Best ATV Battery Tender (Better Than a Trickle and a Float Charge)

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It’s cold in Oregon this time of year, and that means I would normally get to look forward to dead quad batteries. However, this year is different. I FINALLY spent the money on an ATV battery tender so that I don’t have that problem. The best part, it’s already paid off.

Having your four wheeler battery on tender (sometimes incorrectly referred to as a float charge, or trickle charge) is an easy, and cost-effective way to maintain your batteries. Plus, I’ve been able to alternate the battery tender between my riding lawnmower, my daughter’s ATV, and my wife’s ATV. As I type this out, I’m questioning whether I need another. Maybe.

ATV battery tender for cold weather and snow

Either way, below are a few of my picks for the best battery tender for ATV and, apparently, lawnmower use. If you’re like me, and you have one quad in the garage and another outside under cover, you may want to think about picking up two, or maybe just an appropriate extension cord (details below).


Best ATV Battery Tender

Battery Tender 2 Bank Battery Charger and Maintainer, 12 Volt 1.25 AMP for Motorcycles, ATVs, Lawn Mowers

Deltran Battery Tender Plus (2 Bank) Review

This two-bank battery tender by Deltran fully charges a battery and maintains the charge (at proper storage voltage) without the damaging effects of over-charging. When you hear the term “trickle charge” you may cringe, but you don’t have to worry with one of these battery tenders for ATV application because it both will maintain a PROPER charge on your four wheeler battery, whether it’s flooded and sealed, maintenance free, AGM, or lead acid.

These multi-bank battery tenders really are cool. I just picked one up a month or two ago and wish that I would have bought one sooner. I did not, however, get one of these multi-bank ones. I got the “good” model I’ve listed below this one.

This 2-bank (or maybe the 4, 5, or 10 bank tender), really is best ATV battery tender options on the market, especially if you’re looking for a battery tender for multiple batteries at the same time.

Features, Specs, and Highlights

  • Solid state two color LED indicates stage of charger
  • Spark proof and reverse polarity protected
  • Two independent charging stations, each providing 12 volts/1.25 amps (unless you buy a version with more banks)
  • Temperature compensation (helps to optimize the charge voltage)
  • Allows for optimization of battery power, without overcharging
  • Good for all AGM, sealed maintenance free, and flooded batteries
  • 2-year limited warranty

Positive Reviews

  • can be mounted to the wall or any flat surface
  • Ideal for 1 or 2 batteries that need a tender.
  • They do sell extended leads that can be added to each side to extend the reach
  • Save money in the long run
  • Super EASY (plug-n-play)
  • Multi-use (boat, lawn mower, ATV, motorcycle, UTV, etc.)
  • Connects safely to battery while it’s plugged in

Negative Reviews

  • Best at “keeping” a charge, and not “charging” (although it does/can work as a charger)
  • Not meant to “jump start” a quad (although I have used mine to do so)
  • Not cheap

My last $.02 – If I had to do it over again, I would have bought the 4 bank system. I bout the following “good” single tender, which is awesome and I don’t regret having it… I’d just like to not alternate through each battery every few days, or every-other week. Not a big deal, just a “would-have, could-have, and should-have.”

Click here to view pricing and read reviews on Amazon.


Good ATV Battery Tender

Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger and Maintainer: Selectable 6V, 1.25 Amp, 12V Battery Charger and Maintainer for Powersports - Switchable 6 and 12V Battery Float Charger - 022-0211-DL-WH

Four Wheeler Battery Tender (6V/12V) Review

As I already mentioned, this is the ATV battery tender I use to maintain the charge on our quads and lawnmower. If what you need is an ATV battery maintainer that is simple-to-use and not very expensive, this is a great option. At least with my quad batteries, this Deltran tender does not take long to get the battery ready to start if you have neglected to keep it hooked up to the tender.

Also, for anyone who uses their quad(s) for hunting or yard work, and has a winch on their quad or any other battery-draining accessories, one of these tenders is a great way to prolong the life of your batteries… and actually save money in the long run.

Features, Specs, and Highlights

  • Fully charges your ATV battery and then automatically switches to float mode
  • Delivers 50% more charging power than the Deltran ATV Battery Tender Junior (quicker charge)
  • Lightweight and universal battery charger
  • Compatible with lead-acid, flooded, and sealed maintenance free batteries (AGM and gel cell)
  • Spark-proof during lead connection
  • Automatically detects reverse polarity to ensure a proper connection before providing power
  • 5 Year Industry Leading Warranty

Positive Reviews

  • Fast and easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Good customer service (if needed)
  • Does not boil your battery
  • Connects safely to battery while it’s plugged in
  • Multi-use (boat, lawnmower, ATV, UTV, motorcycle, snow mobile, etc.)

Negative Reviews

  • Not for Lithium Ion batteries
  • Best at “keeping” a charge, and not “charging” (although it does/can work as a charger)
  • Not meant to “jump start” a quad (although I have used mine to do so)

Click here to view pricing and read reviews on Amazon.


Extension Cord for Battery Tender

Battery Tender 12 Foot SAE Extension Cable Charger and Maintainer Units, Quick Connect Plugs

ATV Battery Tender Extension Cable Review

Note from the manufacturer: Not for use with Battery Tender products that use hard-wired clips; do not use with 6 Volt Battery Tender Plus or units with white quick-disconnect plugs.

Compatible with the following: Battery Tender Chargers; Battery Tender Junior, Plus, 2-Bank, 4-Bank, 5-Bank, and 10-Bank.

Features, Specs, and Highlights

  • 12 ft extension cable, or 25 ft extension cable, options
  • Quick disconnect harness
  • Available in as a single cable or packs of 4

Positive Reviews

  • Well insulated, thick cord
  • Quick connects
  • Makes remote location easy
  • Keeps tender safe while charging

Negative Reviews

  • A little expensive for what it is

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How Does a Battery Tender Work?

An ATV battery tender works by supplying the quad with just the right amount of charge. It keeps batteries operational for longer, and makes for worry-free startups in the cold and winter months.

The main difference between a battery charger for ATV and a battery maintainer is that a charger sends a constant charge and does not stop sending the charge. This means that you would need to unplug the charger from your ATV battery once it has been fully charged so that it doesn’t ruin the battery. Therefore, you can’t leave battery chargers connected to your quad (or other) and unattended for long periods of time.

Having said that, some ATV battery chargers do include a maintenance feature that can prevent overcharging… the battery tenders above do NOT overcharge your battery.

A battery maintainer (like the tenders listed above) will charge the battery when needed. Because of this, it is safe to leave them connected and unattended for longer periods of time.

What Size Battery Tender for an ATV?

In order to figure out which size battery tender you need, you’ll first need to identify the battery type and size. After doing so, you’ll have the information you need to choose the best battery maintainer for ATV, or whatever else you’re needing to maintain.

Battery Types

Here are the main types of batteries out there, and you’ll need to identify which one is yours:

  • Lithium
  • AGM (Absorbed Glass Matt)
  • GEL
  • Flooded (or wet) batteries
  • Maintenance free Calcium batterie
  • EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery)
  • Automotive AGM

The four wheeler battery tender needs to match the type of battery, which should be clearly visible on the label – located on the top or side of the battery.

Generally, the ATV battery tender should be 1-3 amps, despite what type of battery it is.

How Long Can You Leave a Battery Maintainer On?

This is the good part. As long as you are using a battery tender for your ATV, you can leave it on all the time.

You do NOT want to leave a battery “charger” on all the time, but these “tenders” are designed to be left on and to not over-charge or damage your battery. In fact, they’re meant to prolong the life of the battery.