How to Charge an ATV Battery in 4 Easy Steps

Many riders do not know how to charge their ATV battery properly.

In fact, if you do not charge your ATV battery properly, you can do very significant damage to it.

If you too are confused, then this is your lucky day because I’m going to show you, step by step, how to recharge your ATV battery properly.

But before you start reading this post, you need to understand the basics about your ATV battery, therefore, I highly recommend you go and read the post I wrote on the subject, which explains all the basic things you need to know before you start charging your ATV battery. Click here to view.

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How to charge your ATV battery in 4 easy steps

Step 1. Put your ATV near a power outlet

Before I show you the main steps in charging your ATV battery, you will need to first prepare your ATV for charging mode.

First, you will need to plug your ATV up to a power outlet in order for it to be ready to recharge the battery.

If you don’t have a power outlet in the yard and you don’t want to put your ATV in the house, I highly recommend you charge your ATV inside your garage. If you don’t have any sockets in your garage you will need to make sure you buy some.

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Step 2. Undo the screws that secure the seat

After you put your ATV near a socket, you will need to open the seat of your ATV so that you have access to the battery.

To remove the seat of the ATV, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the seat, and then you need to start loosening all the screws that secure the ATV’s battery.

It is important to make sure that the screwdriver you are using is suitable for the screws that hold the seat so that it does not destroy the screws, which can become very difficult to remove once broken.

Step 3. Remove the battery mount covers

Once you have finished removing your ATV seat and have access to your battery, you will need to remove the battery covers.

After that, you have to place the corresponding charge clamps and make sure the positive and negative ones are properly fitted to prepare them for charging.

Step 4. Charge the battery

After you’ve done all the hard work, the only thing you’ll need to do is just connect the ATV charger to a power outlet and set the charger to a 4-volt output setting. Allow the battery to charge for between 45 minutes to an hour.

It is very important not to overcharge the battery because it can overheat the battery and damage it.

How do I charge a dead ATV battery?

There are several different ways you can recharge a dead battery.

Jump start with an ATV

The best way in my opinion that you can charge a dead ATV battery is to jump start your ATV.

The idea behind ​​this method is to use an ATV to run your battery in the same way as a car requires.

The only thing you need is an extra ATV, an extra battery and cable jumper, and you’re ready to get started.

The first thing you will need to do is simply remove the seat of the ATV to access the battery. Then take the jumper cables and simply connect the working battery and the dead battery. After they are connected, you need to turn on your ATV for between 2 to 3 minutes and then try and operate your ATV.

If this works, you need to disconnect the batteries by removing the red and black cable.

Try charging it with a car battery.

Another very simple and recommended way to recharge your dead ATV battery is to charge it through your car battery.

For those who do not know, your car can also charge your ATV battery, and the steps to do so are very simple.

You need to understand that the loading system of your car is very powerful and strong. Because of this, you must not start the car in the jumping process. Starting your car isn’t necessary because your car’s charging system is strong enough to charge your ATV battery without having to operate your vehicle.

First, you need to take the jumper cables and connect to the good battery. Make sure that the black is connected with the negative terminal and the red with the positive terminal.

After that, you need to connect the end of the jumper cable to the dead battery.

And that’s it. If you’re lucky your battery will need a few minutes to recharge and will start to work.

Use a standalone battery charger.

The last way you can try to recharge your dead ATV battery is to charge the battery with batteries in external chargers like boats, dirt bikes, UTVs and any battery of other vehicles.

First, you need to connect the red cable to the positive terminal and the black cable to the negative terminal.

After that, you have to set your battery to the slow charge mode setting so that there is not too much of a power surge that could damage your battery.

And that’s it if you’re lucky. Your dead battery will charge in a few minutes.

What different types of ATV batteries are there?

There are currently two types of ATV batteries on the market called lead-acid batteries and Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.

These two types of batteries have their drawbacks and advantages, both of which I will show you now.

Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) – these type of batteries are by far my favorite because I think that they are the best option for ATV riders.

In fact, these batteries were used in the 1980s for tanks and military vehicles and to this day are used for ATVs.

Also, these batteries have a much longer life expectancy than lead-acid batteries and are more resistant to cold weather. The manufacturer recommends to stop charging when the core reaches a temperature of 120 degrees.

Lead-acid batteries – these batteries are by far the most common type used by ATV riders.

The significant disadvantage of these batteries is that they are not designed to ride on rough and unpaved surfaces. This makes them unsuitable for riders who want to ride on rougher terrain, which can be very restrictive for some riders.


To summarize today, I have shown you all the things you need to know about charging your ATV battery.

I also strongly recommend you go and read the post will you charging your ATV battery what make the process easier

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Thanks for riding. Until next time.


I’m Rob, the owner of RX Riders Place. My family and I have a long history of riding dirt bikes and ATVs and want to share what we have learned.

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