The Power to Tune with Fixed Voltage Battery Support
Troubleshooting an electrical fault, uploading a new ignition map or setting up the electronic suspension, ride modes and personal rider settings all require power from the battery as the ignition key has to be in ON position - which means all the vehicle systems are powered up.
During service or repair, if the vehicle is 'plugged into' an electronic diagnostic tool, the battery must remain above a set voltage (typically 12.5V), otherwise a 'low battery error' will interrupt the tool's operation.
TecMate has introduced fixed voltage battery support in its advanced battery chargers that delivers a stable 13.6V supply to the battery and the vehicle's electrical system - preventing drain from the connected diagnostic tool and/or the vehicle's electrical system whilst the rider or dealer troubleshoots, updates or customizes settings.
OptiMate 6 Select and OptiMate 7 Select come with a power supply (PS) mode that can be selected at any time prior or during the charge process, whereas the OptiMate Lithium 4s6A and 4s10A come with a TUNE mode adapted for lithium batteries that need special care when discharged. TUNE mode for lithium is only selectable if the LFP (LiFePO4) battery under charge is at 75% or higher - namely the battery needs to have been safely recharged before battery support can commence.
The OptiMate PRO-1 DUO, able to save, charge and test all Pb (lead-acid) or LFP (Lithium Ferrous Phosphate) powersport batteries, has a smart Supply mode adapted for shop use, with safety features to protect the vehicle's battery and electronics.
Martin Human, CEO of TecMate, told AMD: "In our fast evolving industry, one that now includes full electric vehicles (yet still with a 12V auxiliary battery to power all low voltage systems), a problem common to both is the inability of the 12V battery to deliver stable power during troubleshooting, updating or mode customizing.
"Our latest OptiMate battery chargers have the solution - you can literally go TUNE as long as you like and then switch back over to battery charge and maintain mode once you're done."