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post #1 of 3 Old 11-27-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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New Battery Time, comments on Lithium??

I have been stranded twice now on a sealed AGM battery I put in my 2004 KLR in 2005. I don't ride much! Only about 3000 miles since I bought it on eBay!

I almost have a heart attack pushing the 410 lb Pig back to the driveway!

I have it on a trickle charger a lot. I think the battery is sulphated up, it charges enough to say it is OK, but if it doesn't start the first second, I am dead in the water. It fools the charger by taking a surface charge, but
nothing is there when you need it?

Shorai Lithium Battery is what I am thinking. Holds charge supposedly longer without tender? About $143$$$$????

Weighs ONLY 3 Lbs. I a leery that the funky charging system in the KLR could charge a modern chemistry battery. It is real primitive!

Does any one have experience with this Miracle?

Thanks for any HELP!

Mike, Crestline, Ca. 68 Years Old and still riding a little!

Old Red 2004 KLR, in the San Bernardino Mountains, So. Calif
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-27-2013, 06:10 PM
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You got the AGM in 2005?

Not bad service life for a battery!

Men say the new lithium batteries work great; don't doubt it.

Since electrons have no conscience, I'd expect the on-board charging system to work o.k. I'd think, 12 volts is 12 volts, but . . . others may know specific requirements for the care and feeding of a lithium battery.

Whatever battery you buy, even a lead-acid one from Wal-Mart, seems better than the one you have; good luck!
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-27-2013, 06:43 PM
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I have had a LiFe battery from Anti Gravity batteries for a little over a year now. The owner warned of overcharging, I think he said anything over 14.4 volts will kill it, it needs a special charger but I have never needed one. Bike cranks up immediately every time AND it is turning it over without a KACR. The battery is 2"x3"x4", weighs just over 1 lb. and is hidden up under the seat and have basically forgotten about it..... Battery technology has come a long way and continues to improve exponentially. There are many choices out there and it is yours to make but I would look into the Lithium Iron batteries before making a decision. More expensive for sure, but worth it!
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