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Lithium Ion Batteries?

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' at netrider.net.au started by Havachat, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the above batteries and any opinions on whether they are worth the extra money.

    Thanks in advance


     
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  2. havent tried them but they're a LOT smaller and lighter... i know on the RSV4 Carbon edition the weight saving in the L-ion battery was more than all the carbon panels combined.

    meant to hold charge better and be less prone to vibration damage so last better too....
     
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  3. I had one on my GS. Heaps better that the acid one.
     
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  5. About 10 months ago I needed a new battery for my BMW, and I got the Shorai Li recommendation for my BM.

    It wasn't too expensive, due to exchange rates and internet buying.

    It was SO much lighter than standard, that I then bought one for my Triumph, too.

    They haven't given me a moments trouble so far, including a three month break when I was O/S.

    I disconnected the batteries before leaving, reconnected then when I got home and everything just fired up sweet as.

    Obviously, I can't speak to longevity, but... so far, so good.
     
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  6. I've started using a Shorai for my BSA. Only about 2 months so far. At under half the size of the old one, it gives me a nice little space for more tools, and it always seems to have a great charge. Mind you, it gets ridden daily, so I'd expect that of any battery. But lights are brighter from when I start the bike each time, and if I need to leave the bike for a couple of weeks it's good to know it won't have lost any noticable charge. This is really handy on a bike that doesn't like charging under 4000 rpm. It also means that I can use lower revs (but not lugging) when I want to be quieter at night and not worry about a thing.

    It's a quality product. Time will of course tell if it's worth it, but so far I'm very happy.
     
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  7. Thanks to all who have replied - I'll have to do more research and see how it goes.
    As those who have an R bike know, the ABS computer does not like any voltage drop during startup.
     
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  8. I was going to get lithium polymer, which I suspect is what you meant. Doing the research same as you I saw a few reviews and a good tube vid that showed it just can't handle big power draw - ie starting - for more than a few turns before they are boiling off electrolyte.
    I stuck with a good AGM from Motorbatt.

    Found the kinky to tube.
     
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  9. I'm guessing not. Li-polymer batteries are based on the same Lithium-Manganese/Cobalt chemistry as your standard laptop/mobile phone batteries.

    The lithium batteries for bikes however are based on a Lithium-Iron-Phosphate chemistry, and are a very different thing. Only real downside is cost, and the fact they don't like low temperatures.
     
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  10. I stand corrected, most times I've seen them referenced was as LiPe lol. Still leaves the same issue I referenced though, which several reviews spoke of in real world use.
     
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