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Old 10-04-2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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Thoughts/Opinions on NAPA batteries?

Hi all,

Just wondering some thoughts/opinions on NAPA batteries... are they hit or miss?

About a year ago I replaced the battery in my SV650 with a NAPA and parked the bike a day or two later and havent rode it since.

While I was whipping out the trickle charger to try and revive a dead battery in another bike I went ahead and voltage tested the SV650 battery and it was still at....14.5+ v ... I thought that was odd, roughly 1 year without so much as even a single ride or warm-up to "try" and charge the battery.

That said, I have also read that NAPA as well as other parts houses put their label on other major battery makers...they take rejects from these manufacturers and sell them to the public. (think QA rejects not defective)

Reason I am asking is because the battery was reasonably priced at around half the cost of OEM or yuasa,

But if the second battery im planning on buying is only within 10 dollars or so of OEM i'll go ahead and get OEM.

Just curious.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:10 AM   #2
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I bought a Napa battery for my Kawasaki and it only lasted one year before crapping out. Probably just got a rare lemon but I won't buy another.
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I never expect to get more than a year out of a motorcycle battery. 2 out of a car battery. This is houston Texas after all.
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:58 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by hondarider77 View Post
I never expect to get more than a year out of a motorcycle battery. 2 out of a car battery. This is houston Texas after all.
I normally saw 3 years plus or minus for automotive battery.

I've got an almost 4 year old shorai that still cranks a big twin.
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:01 PM   #5
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For automotive batteries, go with Northstar. Made in the USA.
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Old 10-04-2016, 03:18 PM   #6
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:47 PM   #7
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Not sure how a 6 cell lead acid has over 14.5 volts. Might want to check your meter.

I think battery life has to do with how they are initially charged. My last battery I took my time, made sure it was pretty good then initially charged it with my hobby charger. 3 years and still strong.
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