Lithium batteries

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by sam.guncler, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. sam.guncler

    sam.guncler Guest

    It's been a few years since anybody talked about Shorai or any other lithium batteries. Any good things to say yet? I'm a little disappointed in my new gel MotoBatt after a great experience with the last one, so thinking about lithium either as a replacement or as a jumpstarter.
    '83 CB650sc Nighthawk
    sam.guncler, Nov 11, 2014
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    User Bp Guest

    Have a pair of Shorais for a couple of years now. No problems, but they'll have
    to go many more before they pay for themselves.


    bob prohaska
    User Bp, Nov 12, 2014
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    Ryan Guest

    We sell a lot of the Shorai at MX South with no complaints. I actually puta gel battery in my VTX-1800 and wish I hadn't. I got 6 years out of my original Honda battery and not even a year out of the gel. I wish I would have put a Shorai in it. I will be putting one in next for sure.

    MX South
    Ryan, Nov 12, 2014
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    Mark Olson Guest

    I have yet to see a compelling case for the extra expense of the
    Shorai or other Lithium-Iron-Phosphate batteries, except in cases
    where the weight saving outweighs all other considerations.

    Normal VRLA / AGM sealed batteries have a demonstrated track record
    of good service life and reasonable cost with essentially zero
    maintenance, while needing little to no attention when stored fully
    charged in a cold garage.

    I will say I have been disappointed by a bargain AGM battery for my
    FJR1300 that was significantly cheaper than the equivalent Yuasa
    brand battery, so I am going to stick with Yuasa (or another well
    known premium brand) AGMs from now on.
    Mark Olson, Nov 13, 2014
  5. sam.guncler

    sam.guncler Guest

    I was very happy with my last MotoBatt AGM (not gel--sorry), but I don't think the ol' Nighthawk puts out enough to keep this new one charged. I thinkI'd still recommend them. That said, I think my next one will be a LiFe ifI can figure out how to pack the cranking power I need into the little battery box. Most of those units are thicker than I can use.
    I just ordered a set of quick-release pigtails so I can keep the battery inthe apartment between rides. We'll see how that goes.
    Thanks for the responses--
    sam.guncler, Nov 13, 2014
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