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Old 07-11-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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went lithium....thanks Houston Batteries Plus!/jredford

Rod had to push start my bike every session I attended at MSRH last time we went. Bruce told us about Shorai lithium batteries, that he has one...even wrecked with it and it still worked. Granted, more expensive (~$160) but...it is said to last at least five years, and that is an estimate based on non-ideal conditions. Ideally, they can last upwards of 10 years! Compare that to my Yuasa that was maybe a year and a half old, I was interested.

One way or the other I found out "jredford" is in the business of batteries, Houston Batteries Plus. I called, it was in stock, got to the store today, paid, brought it home, stuck it on (they come precharged) and voila...bike started, without any hesitation, less if I dare say so.

Here are the FAQs on the battery, which is Shorai: http://www.shoraipower.com/FAQ.html

And here is the info on jredford's (John) store: http://www.batteriesplus.com/store_details/417.aspx
Note that they are even open on Sundays as well so if this is a planned purchase or you think that you are going to miss valuable seat time, you won't. If your acid battery is more than a year old, well...you may want to make the purchase planned in case it's not in stock and so you don't have to worry for another five years, or so.
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ive got one cranking the TL. works pretty good and weighs next to nothing.
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Oh yeah, I didn't even mention the weight: it's way lighter, ideal for racers who care about that! The box included foam to fit it securely in the battery area.
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Be very cautious of them. Charging rates and discharging rates can cause the battery to overheat and catch fire. Just a warning. They aren't as forgiving as lead acid batteries.
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Be very cautious of them. Charging rates and discharging rates can cause the battery to overheat and catch fire. Just a warning. They aren't as forgiving as lead acid batteries.
True, will read up on that. Thanks!

edit: it's lithium iron, in the clear. Or at least, safer than the ones you read about in the news.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery

I'm glad I did use the foam padding, the battery is already under pressure, no need to make it worse by shaking it around, LOL.

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Thanks for the write up Myla, glad we could help!!

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Rod had to push start my bike every session I attended at MSRH last time we went. Bruce told us about Shorai lithium batteries, that he has one...even wrecked with it and it still worked. Granted, more expensive (~$160) but...it is said to last at least five years, and that is an estimate based on non-ideal conditions. Ideally, they can last upwards of 10 years! Compare that to my Yuasa that was maybe a year and a half old, I was interested.

One way or the other I found out "jredford" is in the business of batteries, Houston Batteries Plus. I called, it was in stock, got to the store today, paid, brought it home, stuck it on (they come precharged) and voila...bike started, without any hesitation, less if I dare say so.

Here are the FAQs on the battery, which is Shorai: http://www.shoraipower.com/FAQ.html

And here is the info on jredford's (John) store: http://www.batteriesplus.com/store_details/417.aspx
Note that they are even open on Sundays as well so if this is a planned purchase or you think that you are going to miss valuable seat time, you won't. If your acid battery is more than a year old, well...you may want to make the purchase planned in case it's not in stock and so you don't have to worry for another five years, or so.
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173.xx for mine. Also at batteries plus. I needed it in a hurry...
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good customer service too, and they honor their warranty with no issues at all...
my wife was bragging on the store in the heights last night about how well they treated her when she went in for a warranty exchange on her computer battery.
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Be very cautious of them. Charging rates and discharging rates can cause the battery to overheat and catch fire. Just a warning. They aren't as forgiving as lead acid batteries.
lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) is not exactly the same chemistry as the typical LiPo and LiIon batts in your smarkphones and laptops. See here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium...sphate_battery

Mine has been on two bikes now, first RSVR Factory and now VFR1200, with no problems. The bike's own charging system is no different than most plug-in chargers. As long as the charging voltage is not over 14.4V, you are fine. The charge/discharge rates are not a problem. I've hooked up batt load tester to it, which draws a whole lot of amps, with no problem. There are video on youtube that show discharge rate of over 100A. Starting a bike will not see that much. You do have to make sure not to discharge it below 20% capacity. For FAQ, see here:

http://www.shoraipower.com/FAQ.html
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good customer service too, and they honor their warranty with no issues at all...
my wife was bragging on the store in the heights last night about how well they treated her when she went in for a warranty exchange on her computer battery.
You cannot believe how good this makes me feel. Customer service is soooooo important!
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Battteries plus to the rescue again.... saved me $24 on batteries for my diesel truck. Guys behind the counter were a blast to deal with too.
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I go to the 1 in hwy 6. Close to lil york. Always good place to go. You are dping your homework
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