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Lithium batteries
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s***@gmail.com
2014-11-11 19:47:39 UTC
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It's been a few years since anybody talked about Shorai or any other lithium batteries. Any good things to say yet? I'm a little disappointed in my new gel MotoBatt after a great experience with the last one, so thinking about lithium either as a replacement or as a jumpstarter.
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Sam
'83 CB650sc Nighthawk
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2014-11-12 02:28:09 UTC
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It's been a few years since anybody talked about Shorai or any other lithium batteries. Any good things to say yet? I'm a little disappointed in my new gel MotoBatt after a great experience with the last one, so thinking about lithium either as a replacement or as a jumpstarter.
Have a pair of Shorais for a couple of years now. No problems, but they'll have
to go many more before they pay for themselves.

hth,

bob prohaska
r***@mxsouth.com
2014-11-12 15:35:57 UTC
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It's been a few years since anybody talked about Shorai or any other lithium batteries. Any good things to say yet? I'm a little disappointed in my new gel MotoBatt after a great experience with the last one, so thinking about lithium either as a replacement or as a jumpstarter.
Thanks,
Sam
'83 CB650sc Nighthawk
We sell a lot of the Shorai at MX South with no complaints. I actually put a gel battery in my VTX-1800 and wish I hadn't. I got 6 years out of my original Honda battery and not even a year out of the gel. I wish I would have put a Shorai in it. I will be putting one in next for sure.

Jeff
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Mark Olson
2014-11-13 00:20:29 UTC
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It's been a few years since anybody talked about Shorai or any other lithium batteries. Any good things to say yet? I'm a little disappointed in my new gel MotoBatt after a great experience with the last one, so thinking about lithium either as a replacement or as a jumpstarter.
Thanks,
Sam
'83 CB650sc Nighthawk
I have yet to see a compelling case for the extra expense of the
Shorai or other Lithium-Iron-Phosphate batteries, except in cases
where the weight saving outweighs all other considerations.

Normal VRLA / AGM sealed batteries have a demonstrated track record
of good service life and reasonable cost with essentially zero
maintenance, while needing little to no attention when stored fully
charged in a cold garage.

I will say I have been disappointed by a bargain AGM battery for my
FJR1300 that was significantly cheaper than the equivalent Yuasa
brand battery, so I am going to stick with Yuasa (or another well
known premium brand) AGMs from now on.
s***@gmail.com
2014-11-13 05:08:23 UTC
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I was very happy with my last MotoBatt AGM (not gel--sorry), but I don't think the ol' Nighthawk puts out enough to keep this new one charged. I think I'd still recommend them. That said, I think my next one will be a LiFe if I can figure out how to pack the cranking power I need into the little battery box. Most of those units are thicker than I can use.
I just ordered a set of quick-release pigtails so I can keep the battery in the apartment between rides. We'll see how that goes.
Thanks for the responses--
Sam

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