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Kree 3 review – a motorcycle battery charger/conditioner

This is seemingly too obvious to state, but your battery key to using your bike. The reliability of ‘modern’ batteries whilst very good, they do degrade and indeed fail – there’s little to help you predict it without some additional science.
I’ve negated (I hope) the possibility of total failure by keeping a portable starter on the bike but with all the various gadgets I have attached now, all requiring power it has become noticeable the slight delay in starting the bike. It’s a very slight delay, a half second maybe, but you can hear the pause from thumbing the button to the start motor actually spinning fast enough to turn the engine over.
It makes me nervous, with a penchant for long distance, I cannot tell where I’ll be and it’ll be Sod’s Law that gets me when it’s least convenient (if there is such a thing).

So when I saw the KREE 3 battery charger/conditioner for sale at BykeBitz at half price (£29.99) I resolved to get myself an early Christmas present and buy one.

Features:
•For 12V Batteries with capacity of 2 – 40 Ah
•Tests, Recovers and Charges even ‘Dead’ Batteries [not damaged]
•Maintains Batteries all year long – Just connect and forget!
•Simple to use – Cheap to run
•Complete with SAE Croc clip and SAE Eyelet connection options

Kree 3 review what's-in-the-box
What’s in the box

I particularly liked the idea of the SAE Eyelets so connecting/disconnecting wouldn’t be a chore – I figured if it’s not a chore, then I’m likely to not forget (or decide I couldn’t be bothered) to use it.
They even detail the 9 stages that the electronics go through to keep your battery in tiptop condition:
Kree 3 review 9 stages of charging

Fitting is easy enough. Since I was going to use the fixed SAE Eyelets, all I had to do was get them under the existing screws on the battery and decide which side I was going to zip-tie the waterproof outlet.

Kree-3-review--battery-fitting
Getting a bit crowded in there…
Kree 3 review external connector fitted
zip-tied securely

That’s it. You could use the supplied wall mount to secure the charger out of the way to a wall, but sadly that doesn’t work for me given the way the garage is (ahem) ‘organised‘.
So plug it in and let the box work its magic… there’s a small delay whilst it checks itself then the LCD shows that no battery is found:
Kree 3 review plugged in
Given that the battery (indeed the whole bike) is less than a year old it was interesting and gratifying, to see that the volts were being measured at 13.2V; so not terrible. Now please remember that the title “12v battery” is purely for convenience!

If you come across a battery that shows a ‘resting’ voltage of 12 or under it means that it’s about 80% depleted.

A fully charged ‘average’ multi-cell (not gel) battery at full charge is around 12.6-12.75v, anything above that then it’s considered charged – but that doesn’t mean that is not capable of taking some conditioning and that is where the KREE 3 really comes into its own.
I left it overnight and saw in the morning that it was showing 13.69V – and that all important “smiley face” on the front. Great! But is there any discernable difference?
Kree 3 review -after-conditioningWell, yes there is. The action of thumbing the starter to the engine catching is noticeably faster, a fraction of a second for sure but you can hear the urgency in the starter motor with the newly conditioned battery. Feeling confident!

Overall then, a right result. At £29.99 plus postage and the easy plugging via the SAE EyeLet connectors puts the KREE 3 high on the #musthave list.

 

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