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Oxford Oximiser 900 - Good Product, Needs a Better Name

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

They say that size doesn't matter. I'm here to say that it does.

It's not good if your cord is too short. We're talking about battery trickle chargers, of course.

The Oxford Oximiser 900 is what I'm talking about in particular and it's not just a trickle charger for your motorcycle battery, but it's a "six-stage battery management system" so your battery doesn't die on you when it's time to ride.

Plug it in, hook it up, and you're done.

Plug it in, hook it up, and you're done.

I have one, and I quite like it. It's simple to use, very effective, and affordable. The one problem that I have with it, and others do as well, if you believe online reviews, is that the power cord is not very long at all.

That leaves you short (pun intended) of options when you decide to lay your bike up for the winter and want to keep the battery nice and fresh for when you roll out in the spring. You either need to be able to park the bike very close to an outlet, use an extension cord (not recommended by Oxford), or take the battery out of your bike and place it close to the Oximiser 900 so you can plug it in.

Leaving the battery in the bike is the most convenient solution and the charger is made with that in mind thanks to the ring leads that come with it. 
Once you attach it to your battery, whether on the bike or off, your job is done. That's it. It's fully automatic and worry-free. 

The charger performs a polarity test when you hook it up to ensure you've done it correctly, then it analyzes battery health and can recover the battery if it's down as low as four volts. Once voltage is around 11.8 volts the Oximiser will go into bulk-charge mode to get it up to an on-charge status of 14 volts. The maintain mode stops charging at 14.4 volts.

A easily legible digital screen gives you all the information you need to know on the health and status of your batter at a glance. Press the light icon and the screen emits a calming blue glow so you can bask in the knowledge your battery is good.

A handy wall mount comes with the Oximiser 900.

A handy wall mount comes with the Oximiser 900.

There's also a lighting bolt icon on the front of the unit that glows green so you can tell in a quick glance that everything's good and let you know that the Oximiser is oximising in the best way possible. 

Mine is operating in "maintain mode" which "applies an appropriate charge if voltage drops outside acceptable limits to ensure the battery voltage and condition remains perfect." So says Oxford, and I have to agree. It's maintained with the proper voltage and fires my bike up perfectly in the spring.  
Oximiser, the name is kind of goofy, I guess it's a portmanteau of Oxford and optimiser or maximiser or something, but all I see when I look at the name is 'miser'. Maybe it's miserly when it comes to doling out a charge to keep your battery maintained just the right level. I don't know. I do know it's a goofy name. Back to the marketing department with that one. But I didn't buy it for the name, I bought it for the performance and it works great.   

Next time, put a longer cord on it. Please. 

The Oxford Oximiser 900 motorcycle battery charger is tested and approved by me, @JRbiker 👍  Expect to pay between US$30 - $50 on Amazon.

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