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post #1 of 16 Old 08-25-2019, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Lithium style battery recommendations

As you may have noticed in my Dead KLR post my battery is shot. I want to go with a lightweight lithium style construction. I read other posts but many are old and some confusing. What brand/model lithium style batteries do you suggest? Thanks.
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-26-2019, 09:59 AM
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-26-2019, 10:25 AM
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I use Anti-gravity because that's what my dealer carries. Heard good things about Shorai too.

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I have the Scorpion SSTX14AHQ-FP. It is my second Scorpion; somehow I managed to kill the first one which was a Scorpion SSTX12Q-FP.

You can read my tale of woe here, the first of three articles. https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th.../battery-kaput

I have been really happy with the second Scorpion and am quite satisfied (as the articles will attest) with my dealings with BatteryStuff.

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you do have to get a special charger correct?
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I do have the Optimate LI charger but I haven't needed to use it. The LI battery doesn't self-discharge very quickly, so I find I don't even need to put it on maintenance. Of course, I ride it quite often, so that's not surprising and I don't have to put it up for the winter.

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you do have to get a special charger correct?
you would if you wanted to charge them but I haven't charged mine yet and they're 3 years old (sit for up to 6 months at a time). Unless you have a parasitic draw, you shouldn't need a charger.....and if you do have a parasitic draw, it will likely kill an LiFePo battery

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My bike is in its 3 year of usage on a WPS Featherweight Lithium Battery. 250CCA / HJTX14AH-FP-Q / 12V48WH. WPS part # 490-2524.

It will maintain 13.1+ V for over 3 months of storage.

To the best of my knowledge, all lithium capable chargers are also maintainers.

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I ask. Why do I need a special charger for lithium batteries, if the motorcycle's alternator is the same and gives the same type of charge as a normal acid / lead battery charger?

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I ask. Why do I need a special charger for lithium batteries, if the motorcycle's alternator is the same and gives the same type of charge as a normal acid / lead battery charger?
Good question! I've read a plausible answer, but . . . forgot the essence of the response. A warning sticker on a Shorai battery may hold a clue; says to avoid at all costs a battery charger with a high-voltage, "de-sulfation" setting. The "special" lithium chargers may be strictly voltage-limited.

I think, just possibly . . . a special charger is nice to have (maybe extends battery service life), but not essential.

One thing about lithium batteries, in my experience (lithium-powered drills, impact drivers, vacuum cleaners, chain saws, and MOTORCYCLES), these power sources seem rather BINARY: The batteries are either capable of delivering full power, or they're effectively shut down totally--there's no graceful degradation, batteries are essentially ON, or OFF.

True story. KLR650 with Shorai lithium battery, in storage for over 2 years. Rolled out of the storage factility (2 + year-old gasoline; don't know if stabilized or not), and . . . started immediately! After a while, started again. Then . . . wouldn't do ANYTHING. Hardly a glow from headlight, hardly a buzz from the starter solenoid. Battery later charged with an ordinary, garden-variety charger, on the, "2 amp" circuit; now appears to hold a charge as when new.

Oh, yeah. Some tell horror stories of lithium batteries failing in severely cold environments; on the Internet, must be true!

Lots of sources for motorcycle lithium batteries; Cycle Gear carries Shorai, from whence the anecdotal battery came.
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