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post #1 of 10 Old 09-17-2015, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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New Battery Suggestions...

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm LAZY! I didn't want to "search" through the forums to find recommendations for a new battery. I figured I'd do the lazy thing and just ask the question in a new thread.

The last couple times I've tried to start my bike, the battery seems to be lagging quite a bit. I'm still running the original OEM battery that was in the bike when I purchased it three years ago, so I decided that instead of milking the old one for another several months, I'd just buy a new one.

So hit me up with your recommendations!

I'm intrigued with the lithium batteries and how they're far lighter than the lead acid batteries, but I also know they're much more expensive.

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I'd like to try a Lithium, too, but I'm confused about which one to buy and what kind of charger it needs and whether or not my Battery Tender will work with them. Every time I think I get it sorted out I read something else that confuses me.

Being a cheap sumbitch, I bought


for $16.46 in April, 2014. Works fine, but I see they are not currently available. It has a fancy name, "Fabriqué en Chine". Not sure what that means...

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I've had this one for LONG time. Never think about it.







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The HD gelmat unit hands down.

The thing is designed to shake itself apart and still work.
When I was on the Harley tech site it was the universal choice.
No one in the aftermarket could match the reliability.

One of the members of the site worked at Deka in PA where they are made and told
us that the quality and quality control were very much top notch and well worth the 55 bucks.

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I've had this one for LONG time. Never think about it.

Amazon.com: Big Crank ETX15L Battery: Automotive
Ended up ordering the one you suggested. Hopefully the OEM battery lasts through this weekend...
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I've had this one for LONG time. Never think about it.

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Crank-ETX1.../dp/B002ZER9P8
I have had one for about a year....works great. It is so good that I swapped it into my new 2015 KLR650 and installed the OEM battery in the 2010 KLR that I sold.
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I have LiFePo batteries in both my KLR's and I won't be going back; 2 lbs compared to 11 lbs and they hold their charge very well. My 2001 sat for 7 months and cranked and fired like a champ with no battery tender/trickle charge all winter.....other than cost, I can't find a single negative.

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Dave,

Can you explain a bit about the LiFePo battery you chose? I'm interested in what brand and capacity it is and whether or not a special charger/maintainer is used.

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I was going to buy a Shorai based on some recommendations but my local dealer switched to Antigravity HOME • Antigravity BatteriesAntigravity Batteries | Lithium Ion Motorcycle Batteries

...he said they've had really good feedback and so far mine have been flawless. I believe mine are AG1201's. So far I haven't used a charger as one of their "claims to fame" is that they maintain a charge almost indefinitely; i.e. unless there is a parasitic draw, they will last for months without a maintenance charge. As I said, I left my 2001 all winter with no charger at all and it cranked over like I just got off it. I also have two KLR's so I often go for a week or three without starting one....no issues.

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Thanks Dave!

When my current battery rolls over dead I will be getting one of those.

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