6V vs 12V Ride On Toys What’s The Difference. 6v battery to 12v

How to connect batteries in series and parallel

If you have ever worked with batteries you have probably come across the terms series, parallel, and series-parallel, but what exactly do these terms mean?

Series, Series-Parallel, and Parallel is the act of connecting two batteries together, but why would you want to connect two or more batteries together in the first place?

By connecting two or more batteries in either series, series-parallel, or parallel, you can increase the voltage or amp-hour capacity, or even both; allowing for higher voltage applications or power hungry applications.


Connecting a battery in series is when you connect two or more batteries together to increase the battery systems overall voltage, connecting batteries in series does not increase the capacity only the voltage. For example if you connect four 12Volt 26Ah batteries you will have a battery voltage of 48Volts and battery capacity of 26Ah.

To configure batteries with a series connection each battery must have the same voltage and capacity rating, or you can potentially damage the batteries. For example you can connect two 6Volt 10Ah batteries together in series but you cannot connect one 6V 10Ah battery with one 12V 20Ah battery.

To connect a group of batteries in series you connect the negative terminal of one battery to the positive terminal of another and so on until all batteries are connected. You would then connect a link/cable to the negative terminal of the first battery in your string of batteries to your application, then another cable to the positive terminal of the last battery in your string to your application.

When charging batteries in series, you need to use a charger that matches the battery system voltage. We recommend you charge each battery individually to avoid battery imbalance.

Sealed lead acid batteries have been the battery of choice for long string, high voltage battery systems for many years, although lithium batteries can be configured in series, it requires attention to the BMS or PCM.


Connecting a battery in parallel is when you connect two or more batteries together to increase the amp-hour capacity. With a parallel battery connection the capacity will increase, however the battery voltage will remain the same.

Batteries connected in parallel must be of the same voltage, i.e. a 12V battery can not be connected in parallel with a 6V battery. It is best to also use batteries of the same capacity when using parallel connections.

For example, if you connect four 12V 100Ah batteries in parallel, you would get a 12V 400Ah battery system.

When connecting batteries in parallel, the negative terminal of one battery is connected to the negative terminal of the next and so on through the string of batteries. The same is done with positive terminals, i.e. the positive terminal of one battery to the positive terminal of the next.

For example, let’s say you needed a 12V 300Ah battery system. You will need to connect three 12V 100Ah batteries together in parallel.

Parallel battery configuration helps increase the duration in which batteries can power equipment, but due to the increased amp-hour capacity they can take longer to charge than series connected batteries. This time can safely be reduced, without damaging the batteries, by charging faster. Now that the battery is larger, a higher current charge is still the same percentage of the total capacity, and each battery ‘feels’ a smaller current.

While it is often debated what the best way to connect in parallel is, the above method is common for low current applications. For high current applications, talk to one of our experts as your situation may need a special configuration to ensure all of the batteries age at as similar as possible rates.


Last but not least! There is series-parallel connected batteries. Series-parallel connection is when you connect a string of batteries to increase both the voltage and capacity of the battery system.

For example, you can connect six 6V 100Ah batteries together to give you a 12V 300Ah battery, this is achieved by configuring three strings of two batteries.

In this connection you will have two or more sets of batteries which will be configured in both series and parallel to increase the system capacity.

If you need any help with configuring batteries in series, parallel or series parallel please get in contact with one of our battery experts.


Many brands of lithium batteries can not be connected in series or parallel due to their PCM or BMS configuration. Power Sonic’s PSL-SC series of lithium batteries can be connected in series or parallel, ideal for higher voltage or capacity applications.

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V vs 12V Ride On Toys. What’s The Difference?

If you’ve come across this article you’re probably wondering what the difference is between 6V and 12V toys and why should you pay more for one than another?

That would be a totally fair question and may even sway your decision on which one you choose to buy.

You may be wondering what the letter “V” means after the 6, 12, 24 or 36 numbers you may have seen? The “V” stands for volts which is a measure of electrical power delivered to run the toy’s motor.

At RiiRoo we sell, 6V, 12V and 24V ride on toys so you have plenty of options to choose from. 6V being the lower powered toys and 24V being the highest power delivered.

Power Voltage

In general terms, a 6V toy doesn’t have as much power as a 12V toy. For example, if your child wanted to go up a steep drive, a 12V and even a 24V toy would provide much more power for your child to do this.

We’re not saying that 6V wouldn’t be able to do this, it would just be much easier for a higher voltage toy to do this due to the power difference.

If your child is quite young and you didn’t want them to have too much power, then a 6V toy is perfect for them. You generally get the same styling and looks as the higher voltage model but with little less power.

How About Price?

There’s not too much difference in price between a 6V and a 12V ride on toy. The 6v toys tend to be a bit cheaper and were the dominant type of toy a few years ago. However, as the years went by, people wanted their children to have a bit more power.

That’s when the manufacturers started increasing the voltage.

So, Which One Should You Buy?

This all depends on your budget and how much power you want to give your child really?

V Ride On Toys

As I have mentioned, the 6V models are both cheaper and have less power. Because of the power rating and overall speed, these toys would be ideal for indoor use and the pavement.

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They should be able to get a decent speed up for this type of use. If they are looking to do a lot more exploring with inclines and hills etc, then you would be better of going for the higher voltage models like 12V or 24V toys.

The lower power rating is perfect for children aged (1-3 years) which means they shouldn’t be too overwhelmed the amount of power speed available.

To summarise, a 6V ride on toy is ideal if:

  • You are on a budget and want to purchase good looking cheap ride on toy.
  • You are buying a toy for a child aged 1. 3 years of age.
  • The toy will mostly be used indoors or on a paved surface.

V Ride On Toys

12V ride on toys is generally more expensive than 6V ones. They are also more powerful and sometimes have twin motors to modulate the speed between different wheels.

These toys are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use and because they have more power are ideal for steep inclines and small hills (ideally they will stick to flat surfaces).

Not only can they be used outside, but they can be used on various different surfaces like fine gravel or grass in the back garden.

Here’s when you should consider a 12V ride on toy:

  • If you are looking for a bit more power than a 6V toy. These toys are generally larger and with more toy options.
  • If you are buying a toy for a child who is 3 years of age.
  • The toy will be used outside for the majority of the time
  • You are happy to pay the extra price for six more added volts.

Take a look at our 12V ride on toys here. Riiroo.com/collections/12-volt-ride-on-toys


Funny enough, battery life doesn’t vary too much between 6V and 12V toys. In fact, it all comes down to how much use a toy gets more than the voltage really.

Most toys will last 1-2 hours before they need to be charged again.

When your battery comes to the end of its life, don’t forget to replace it with the correct battery.

If you have purchased your toy from RiiRoo previously, you can find a collection of replacement batteries here. Riiroo.com/collections/spares

Safety Is Everything

At RiiRoo we take your child’s safety seriously. As you can appreciate, all motorised toys have a certain degree of risk associated with them. Unfortunately, none of these toys is 100% safe so it is really important for all parents/grandparents to take precautions.

Hopefully, this guide will help you choose the correct toy for your child.

Whenever you a charging your toy, ensure that you are in close proximity and never leave it to charge overnight. Like any electrical device, the right care needs to be taken at all times (especially when you have pets or children around).

Charging should be done in accordance with the instructions your toy comes with to help maintain efficiency and the life of the battery.

How to convert 12V to 6V step down circuit

Your load is too hot. It will be damaged. Why? You connect it to a 12V battery. It can get 6V only. If you do not want this to you. You should read 10 ways to make 12v to 6v step down circuit.

I try to show you many ways to do. You can choose the best for you. For example, you have these parts, or it is easy, or cheap. You can build them as you need.

Limiting current resistor

If you use a load that uses constant current. For example, LED, Light bulbs, relay coil, and more.

You can use a resistor in series with these loads. This way is cheapest and so easy.

Suppose you have 6V 3W light bulbs. You can use a resistor.

How to find resistor level

First, find the current of the light bulbs or R1.I = P/VP = 3W. V =6VSo, IR1 = 3W / 6V = 0.5A

Then, Find voltage is across R1 (VR1).Look at in the circuit, VR1 = VB- VLVB = 12V, VL = 6VSo VR1 = 12V – 6V =

From the theory: R1 = VR1 / IR1So, R1 = 6V / 0.5A = 12 ohms.

Next, we need to find the power of resistor-R1.

PR1 = VR1 x IR1 = 6 x 0.5 = 3W

So, You should Resistor size is 3W.

Too hot and big

We will see that if used a too high current of the load. We need to use high watts of a resistor. It is so a large size and also too hot.

Load using unstable and low currents

We should choose the circuit to be suitable for the load. If you load use unstable currents. And low current using.

For example, you have a portable FM radio. Of course, you cannot use it to the car directly.

It requires about 5V to 8V. And in different the level of sound. It uses a different current too.

Even it uses current just 0.1A only. But we can use a limiting current resistor as above.

Because it uses an unstable current.

2.1 Using Zener diode and transistor

Basic step I often use Zener diode and transistor as voltage regulators. Because it is easy and cheap. Look at the circuit below.This gives 6.2V stable output voltage at 200mA.

How it worksFirst, 12V come into ZD1 and R1. They are a Reference voltage of this circuit, 6.8V. Then Q1 increase a current is higher to the output. The output is 6.2V because some voltage is across BE of Q1.

currentIf you use BD139 NPN transistor. It can drive current about not over 0.5A. You can change It is TIP41 for 1A output. And 2N3055 for 2A output.

The fixed 6V outputIn normal if we want 6V output. We need to use the 6.6V Zener diode. But no it in the datasheet. There are only 6V, 6.2V and 6.8V. We can do it with diode in series. Look at the circuit below.

V to 6V step down circuit using 7806

Normally, We always use a 3 pin DC voltage regulator(IC78XX series) for this job. Which may be will apply number 7806 provides the voltage of 6 volts.

This circuit can give 1A max current.

Step down voltage to 6V using 7805

But it does not a popular number. In my stores have IC-7805 is popular IC is applied in many digital circuits (5 volts power supply).

However, we modify a 7805 to the output of 6 volts in easily. When we add a chain of a diode such as 1N4148, in series at between the common pin of IC1 and Ground. It will increases the output by 0.7V for every diode used.

In the circuit below. We add 2 diodes (0.7V 0.7V). Therefore, the voltage of output is 1.4V 5V = 6.4V.

This way is easy if you have diodes in your store.

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And both capacitors are used for absorbs or smooth a fluctuating signal as shown in Figure 1.

Building 12V to 6V converter

Since they use a few parts, so assemble them on perforated board or Universal PCB board. as Figure 2. We will see that the output voltage is voltage drop across both diodes (0.6V 0.6V) puls with The IC voltage equals about 6.2 V approximately. (on digital multimeter shows 6.4 volts.)

The output current from the IC about 1-ampere max. It must be the heat sink to the IC with the current size. And Then we can increased output voltage in other sizes such as 8 volts so can use instead IC is number of LM7808, to add diodes into 4 pcs connected to IC-7805. again.

If this not working.If IC1 is very hot please check pins and wiring again.The output may be a short circuit.

Then, remove the loadnext, measure voltage output when no load, should read about 6.4V.If higher, please check IC1’s the ground pins and all diodes in series, the voltage across them should about 1.2V

Use 7805 to set fixed 6V output with pontentiomer

Some need 6V constant voltage. It is easy to adjust with a potentiometer. Look at the circuit below. You can adjust voltage from 5V to 12V with VR1.

V to 6V DC converter using LM317

If you want current 1.3A output. You cannot use 7806. But you can use LM317. It can give current more up to 1.5A. Look at the circuit below.

V DC converter circuit at 3A using LM350

In the case of 2A to 3A load. We have many ways to do. But first, if you want to build easily. LM350 is best. It is similar LM317 but more current up to 3A max. Look at the circuit below.

How to find R2

It is easy if R2 is a potentiometer. But how to find the resistance of R2.We can find.

6V = 1.25[ 1 (R2/270)]6/1.25 = 1 (R2/270)4.8 – 1 = R2/270R2 = 3.8 x 270 = 1026 ohms

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V 2A to 5A output converter using 7806 – transistor

But sometimes you may not have LM350. You have 7806 and TIP42 (PNP transistor). Just like this, you can build an 6V 2A step-down converter. It is easy too.

Also 12v to 6v step down circuit

We have many ways to reduce voltage down to 6V. All circuits below are 6V regulators.You can apply it. With choosing 6V step only.


I always try to make Electronics Learning Easy.

Is A Truck Battery 6V Or 12V? (How To Tell)

There are two types of automotive batteries commonly found in truck applications, a 6-volt battery and a 12-volt battery. Many people who need to replace the battery on their truck might wonder if they have 6 volts or 12 and how they can tell that.

Full sized trucks (as well as most other vehicles) will have 12V batteries that they use however it is simple to figure out what size battery you have by simply counting the number of cells or reading the label on the battery itself.

Each battery cell will be for approximately 2 volts which means if you have 6 cells then you have a 12V battery in that vehicle. If the battery that you have only has three cells then you currently have a 6V battery and not a 12V in your truck.

Batteries that have become damaged or worn out will typically not hold as many volts which is why as your truck battery ages your truck will become slower and slower to start before eventually not starting at all. If you have a battery with 6 cells but your voltmeter is only showing 6V then your truck battery needs to be replaced.

V Vehicle Batteries

6-volt batteries are often found in older cars, trucks and motorcycles – vehicles with large electrical systems and without catalytic converters. The principles behind a 6-volt battery are similar to that of a 12-volt battery, but there are some differences. The plates inside each cell in a 12-volt battery are 6.4 inches long. However, the plates inside a 6-volt battery are only 1 and 3/16 inches long.

The lack of plates and the size of the plates leads to a lower energy density, which means each battery will only hold a fraction of the amount of energy that it could if there were twice as many cells (go figure right).

To get around the size issue, most 6-volt batteries are used in systems that use external electrical controls to prevent the battery from being discharged too far. These batteries are referred to as sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries or gel batteries, because they’re filled with a special type of gel that will not mix with water. However, it is advisable to avoid using certain types of “hard” or “gel” cells in vehicles with auxiliary power units and other high-current applications.

V Batteries

The term “12-volt” is a bit of a misnomer, as automotive batteries are rated at 12.8 volts. The.8 is due to the fact that there is an electrical load when a battery is fully charged, which is why there are two ratings for battery capacity – one at full charge and one when the battery is discharged. The higher voltage of 12-volt batteries offers a larger current and greater cranking power than 6-volt batteries for obvious reasons. However, they’re also more expensive which is why some people will try to get away with a cheaper 6V battery instead of buying the right one for their truck.

Though they can be found in older cars, 12-volt batteries are most commonly used in newer vehicles that have airbags and other electrical equipment. In addition, they’re found in trucks that use auxiliary power units. For all the differences between 6-volt and 12-volt batteries, they’re both part of the same family of batteries and share many common features.

How to know if a truck battery is 6V or 12V

The easiest way to tell a 6V battery from a 12V battery is by looking at the number of cells on the battery. If you have 3 cells then you will have a 6V battery. If you have 6 cells then you will have a 12V one.

The thickness of a 6-volt battery plate is also less than that of a 12-volt battery plate, which is thicker from adding an extra strip of material. The thickness of plates varies among manufacturers, so it may not always be possible to tell them apart just by looking at them. The positive terminal on 6 and 12 volt batteries are also different sizes.

This is by design in order to prevent a 12-volt battery from being used in a car that has a 6-volt system. In addition, the terminals are usually mounted at different places on each type of battery. (although this isn’t always the case) This makes it impossible to mate the two types of batteries together and still mount them securely on the vehicle’s frame. Many 6-volt batteries have two tabs for mounting while 12-volt batteries have three or four tabs, so it’s important to check your documentation for mounting instructions before installing a battery, so you can verify that you have the right type of battery for your vehicle.

These differences allow for different battery loads and higher capacities in 12-volt batteries. This also means that you can’t use a 12-volt battery in a 6-volt system because the thicker plates will burn out the electrical system of your vehicle. 12 volt batteries are available with capacities ranging from 20 to 240 Amp hours, while 6 volt can be purchased with anywhere from 15 to 100 Amp Hour ratings on average.

Being a sealed lead acid (SLA) battery, they need to have their terminals covered or insulated when the car is being stored or not in use.

Can you replace a 6V battery with a 12V battery?

It’s not a good idea to try and replace a 6-volt battery with one of a larger size, as this will not work properly and will start to fry the electronics in the vehicle. It’s also important to realize that you may not have any electrical connection points for mounting. In some vehicles, you can’t even use the same battery terminals because they are too far apart on the vehicle frame. Only a 12-volt battery is big enough to fit inside your car and allow you to connect it up.

In most cases, you will be better off replacing your existing 6V battery with one of the same size and type (in other words, use your vehicle’s connection points and mounting system). You should not ever replace your existing 6V battery with a 12V to give it more power just as you shouldn’t try to replace a 12V battery with a 6V one to try and save some money.

What’s better, a 6V or 12V battery?

The best answer to this question is that it depends on how you want your car to run. If you’re looking for an all-around power supply, then the 12-volt system would be a better choice because it gives more power while being easier on your vehicle in terms of accessories and charging systems.

If you’re using your car for light work such as commuting, there is no need to invest in an expensive battery for a 12-volt system; if your car doesn’t already have a 12V battery. Again, you want to always replace the battery in your car or truck with the same size battery to prevent any issues unless you are in the process of upgrading or rewiring your vehicle for whatever reason.

How to wire a 12V battery to a car/truck?

A 12V battery should be connected to your car or truck by simply attaching the positive and negative wires to the correct terminals. Most experts recommend connecting the positive terminal first but in most scenarios it really doesn’t matter what order you connect the wires to the battery in.

One thing that you will want to be sure of is that the battery terminals and connectors are free of corrosion or dirt/debris. If you do have some corrosion on the wires or connectors that can easily be removed by using some baking soda in water.

Once the battery connectors and terminals are clean and free of debris/corrosion you can connect the battery and your vehicle should start up without any issue.

At what voltage will a car not start?

When your battery is too weak to turn the starter, it will be pretty easy to tell since your car won’t start. If you know your battery is getting old and you are wondering if it is about to be too dead to start your car or truck then testing the voltage is a good idea. However, even if you test the voltage you still have to know what the lowest voltage is that a battery will still start your car.

In most situations and with most vehicles if your battery is below 11-11.5V it is unlikely to start. However that can vary based on the size of your motor, electrical uses of your vehicle, and even the weather conditions!

There are a ton of variables that go into how many volts are needed to start your vehicle and although you would think that a 12V battery would be at 12V when fully charged that actually isn’t true. A 12V battery that is brand new and fully charged will be somewhere between 13.8-14V and not actually at 12V. If your car battery is at 12V then it is actually almost needed to be replaced which is super surprising to most people.

Since the volts needed to start your car can vary so much, what most people do is simply keep starting their car/truck with an old battery until it won’t start anymore. Although it can be inconvenient to have your vehicle not start at a random time, you can often get multiple months of starting out of a battery even after it shows signs of not holding a charge as good (starting the car gets slower, etc.).

How long is a car/truck battery good for?

Batteries are rated in terms of their ability to hold a charge. The rule of thumb is that the average lifespan for an automobile battery is 3-5 years but some people have them last longer if they are in a warm climate or don’t use the vehicle as often.

For example, I bought a new car in January of 2014 and didn’t have to replace the battery until 2020 so it lasted me a little over 6 years.

I do live in a warm climate though which means the car has virtually never had to start on a sub-zero morning which allowed the battery to last a little longer. It was also my family’s secondary car so it wasn’t used (or started) as often.

If you only have one car or have extreme temperature swings in the different seasons (like many places in the Midwest) then your battery will likely need to be replaced a little bit more often than those people who live in places where the temps stay a little more stable year around.

Differences between 6V battery and 12V battery

Although I covered a few of the differences between a 6V battery and 12V battery a little bit earlier in this article I did want to go a little bit more in depth on that. Since 12V batteries are most often used in cars, trucks, SUVs, etc. then you won’t really need to know this info if you just have a car. However, 6V batteries are often used in small motorcycles, bikes, toys, etc. and a lot of people want to know what the differences are.

The top of the battery is entirely different:

A 6V battery discharge terminal has 2-3M (metal) or without metal (plastic), and a 12V battery discharge terminal has 4M (metal) or without metal (plastic).

The 6V battery is normally used for smaller applications such as motorized scooters, small motorcycles, etc., while a 12V battery is widely used by virtually all larger moteried vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, larger motorcycles, and even riding lawn mowers.

The location of the positive and negative poles is also different: the 6V battery is on the left and right sides (which are not symmetrically located), while the 12V battery is in one line.

The size of the battery shell is also different: 6V battery has a smaller diameter than that of 12V battery, but it is often longer than that of 12V battery.

The thickness of the terminal plate on each pole is different: the positive plate for 6V batteries is thicker than that for 12V batteries, while on the negative plate, they are equal thicknesses.

The battery charger for a 6V battery is more practical than the 12V battery because it can charge two batteries, while the 12V charger is only able to charge a single one.

The distance between both plates of the positive pole and negative pole of the 6V battery is longer than that of the 12V battery, which provides better insulation.

The location of the positive pole for 6V batteries is different from that for 12V batteries: 6-cell / 90 degrees and 7-cell / 90 degrees, while 12-cell / 180 degrees.

The current of the 6V battery is higher than that of the 12V battery.

The voltage of a 6V battery is lower than that of a 12V battery: 12V = 11.4 ~ 13.2V, 7-cell / 10A; 3-cell / 30A, however, 6-cell / 30A.

The discharge time of 6V batteries is shorter than that of 12v batteries: 50 minutes for a 5-hour rotation.

The 6V car battery has a smaller discharge current than that of 12V car battery, which means that in parallel connection, the working voltage is low and the working time is short;

12V car batteries have a discharge time of 35 to 40 minutes with 1.5A power consumption;

The current for 6V car batteries is 0.8-1A with a discharge time of 20 to 30 minutes;

The price for 6V car batteries is lower than that for 12V car batteries due to its relatively small capacity.

Is Motorcycle Battery 6V Or 12V? (Solved! With Examples)

You are not sure what voltage specification your motorcycle has. And you are confused whether the battery is of 6 Volts or 12 Volts. Or even 24 Volts.

Modern motorcycles have uniform battery voltage specification across different manufactures and models.

So, what voltage does a motorcycle battery has?

Most modern motorcycles will have their battery voltage as 12 Volts. Rarely you will find a 6 Volt battery in a motorcycle. Only exception where the battery will be of 6 Volts will be in old vintage motorcycles and in dirt bikes.

Let us dig in and deep dive into motorcycle battery voltages.

What Voltage Is A Motorcycle Battery

Almost invariably, all modern motorcycles have 12 Volt batteries.

Although the battery capacities – the amp-hour rating of the battery will vary across motorcycle manufacturers and the models, the voltage specification will be the same at 12 Volts.

6 Volt batteries are a thing of past. The modern electrical accessories and the circuits operate on 12 Volt batteries in the motorcycles.

You can find 6 Volt batteries only in old vintage motorcycles and dirt bikes.

Old motorcycles have primitive electric systems and hence, do not require 12 Volt batteries for operation. A 6 Volt battery was the norm back then.

Dirt bikes, on the other hand, do not have much electric accessories and circuits in them when compared to motorcycles and as a result, operate on 6 Volt batteries.

So, a motorcycle battery will typically have a 12 Voltage specification.

Motorcycle Battery Voltage Examples

Here are some of the battery specifications used in different motorcycle make and models.

As you will see, all these bike models invariably use a 12 Volts battery in them.

The battery capacity (amp-hour rating) may vary, but the voltage specification is same across all these motorcycles.

  • Harley Davidson – Sportster XLH 883: Battery 12 V – 18 Ah
  • Honda – Monkey 125/A: Battery 12 V – 3.5 Ah
  • Yamaha – YZF models: Battery 12 V – 6 Ah
  • Kawasaki – Ninja H2: Battery 12 V – 8.6 Ah
  • Triumph – Thunderbird: Battery 12 V – 18 Ah

Here are the battery specifications in the owner manuals of these motorcycle models.

Can We Use 6V Battery In Place Of A 12V Battery?

Since modern motorcycles use 12 Volt batteries in them, using a 6 Volt battery in place of a 12 Volt battery is not advisable.

A 6 Volt battery should not be used in a 12 Volt motorcycle.

Using a 6 Volt battery in place of a 12 Volt battery in a motorcycle will not power the electric accessories and circuits enough. As a result, the motorcycle will be underpowered and might not run at all.

So, do not ever use a 6 Volt battery in place of 2 Volts in your motorcycle.

How Long Does It Take To Charge A 12V Battery?

Typically, a 12V motorcycle battery can take anywhere between 4 hours to 24 hours to get charged completely.

The charging time entirely depends on:

  • type of battery
  • type of charger
  • battery specifications
  • battery age and condition

For a more detailed description, check out our post on battery charging time here.

A lithium-ion battery and an AGM battery will charge at a much faster rate. A lead acid battery will charge at a medium pace, whereas a gel battery will charge at a much slower pace and takes more time to charge.

Similarly, the type of charger and the current at which you are charging matters as well.

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A trickle charger will take too many hours to charge the battery. On the other hand, a float or a Smart charger will charge a battery much more quickly and takes far less time.

Charging a battery at a higher current will charge faster and takes less time, whereas charging at a lower ampere will take more time.

Lastly, a new battery will charge much faster and at lower time than an old and poorly maintained battery.

On an average, a motorcycle battery should take anywhere between 4 to 24 hours to charge completely.

How To Tell Your Motorcycle Battery Is A 6V Or 12V

Now, how do you tell whether your motorcycle has a 6 Volt battery or a 12 Volt battery?

There are mainly two ways to check the battery voltage.

To manually check the battery specifications of your bike, you need to remove the bike seat first.

Before that, turn the ignition switch to the OFF position in your motorcycle.

Next, you have to remove the bike seat. You need to start by removing the bolts and then pull the seat up and backward to take out the seat from motorcycle.

Once you have removed the seat out, you can now see the batter Look out for its specifications where the voltage and amp-hour rating will be mentioned.

In some motorcycles, you won’t be able to see the specifications easily, you might have to remove the battery from the bike to read it.

This is a laborious process. The second alternative is much easier.

All you need to do is check your bike owner’s manual.

Within the owner’s manual, look into the Specifications section and you will easily find the battery voltage specification after some scrolling.

Related Questions

Can Your Motorcycle Run Without A Battery?

Most modern motorcycles cannot run without a battery. If the battery is at marginal health and some life still left in it, motorcycle can be started with a push/bump start.

The only exception where battery is not needed to run are motorcycles with magneto ignition, which can be seen in old motorcycles, small dirt bikes and scooters.

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Will A Motorcycle Charger Charge A Car Battery?

Usually, you can use a motorcycle charger to charge a car battery since both the charger and the car battery’s voltage specification will be around 12V.

However, it is better to check whether your car battery amp-hour rating falls within the specified capacity range of the charger before you start charging.

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