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Old 22nd June 2016, 23:51   #61
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Default Re: Battery for Bullet Electra with self start

I can't say which companies batteries are better but I can give a few thoughts about batteries.

Look for a sealed, maintenance free battery rather than the old fashioned type with the filler caps.

As you may know, the batteries with filler caps lose water as they charge or discharge. If the electrolyte level drops below the low level mark the battery will rapidly fail.
One of the primary reasons for the unsealed batteries failures is the owner does not keep an eye on the fluid level and refill the battery to the proper level with DISTILLED water. (The minerals in regular water will rapidly destroy the lead plates).

These unsealed batteries also can spill the acid they contain if they are not kept upright so in the case of a fallen motorcycle, the acid can cause great damage to anything it gets on.

The sealed or maintenance free batteries are designed so there is no fluid loss during their life. Also, being sealed, they won't spill acid if they fall on their sides or even upside down. Definitely a safety feature that can protect both you and your motorcycle.

The sealed batteries also use the latest technology such as Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) or gel rather than water/acid electrolytes.
The plates in these new style batteries which basically store the electrical power are made using the latest material technology and for this reason, they often have longer warranties than the 100+ year old unsealed lead/acid designs.

Yes, the sealed batteries do cost more but their superior design, longer warranties and safety, in my mind, offset this problem.

While mentioning long life, even the best of the modern batteries will fail if they are allowed to remain in a "run down" (partially charged) condition.

Short rides at low speeds will not keep a battery fully charged. Likewise, letting a battery sit unused for long periods of time will discharge them unless a special low power "battery tender", "trickle charger" or "battery float charger" is connected and plugged in.
(If the battery needs recharging without riding the motorcycle remember: Never use a higher charging rate of over 2 amperes. Motorcycle batteries cannot take high amounts of charging current without being severely damaged.)

I urge people who need to make only short trips to let their engine run at fairly high speeds by using lower gears while riding.
Only when the engine is running fast does it produce the electrical power to recharge the battery.

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