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Old 12-17-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Lightweight batteries good?

I've heard about some issues with those fancy lightweight lithium whatcha calls it batteries (ballistic, alien, speedcell, etc). Has anyone had any issue with them or have seen any horror stories? Should I just stick to the acid battery?
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:21 AM   #3
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Ive always used wal-mart. I dont see the need to spend 150+ on a battery, plus it really doesnt make your pee pee bigger.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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Unless you're buying it for the weight savings I don't see the need either. I'll probably buy one for the dual sport when the stock battery dies. Dropping 8-9 lbs on an off road bike is a big deal. All my other bikes will be lead acid for best value. If they are cared for properly they easily last 4-5 years or longer.

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Originally Posted by crzy88 View Post
I've heard about some issues with those fancy lightweight lithium whatcha calls it batteries (ballistic, alien, speedcell, etc). Has anyone had any issue with them or have seen any horror stories? Should I just stick to the acid battery?
Stick with an regular battery. IMO the weight savings isn't worth the lack of longevity.
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Dont get ballistic 8 cell pos
This. I have a 4cell and love it but their customer service is .
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Patrick is right. The weight savingsmight make sense on a racebike but for everyday street use stick with a lead acid.
Get a glass mat non-spillable if you want to spend the extra money on something. They tend to last better than wet cell batteries.

The #1 most important thing you can do is get a Battery Tender Brand battery charger. The small wall plug type is fine for moto batts.
It will keep your battery fully charged, without overcharging and THAT"S what lead acid batteries like. They don't like to be left in a partially charged state ,like sitting in the garage for a couple weeks).
You r battery will last MUCH longer if you do.
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