Ultra Light Batteries

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by herrhelmet, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    I installed one in my DRZ lastspring and used it all summer with no troubles. It installs fairly easily in the existng battery box and is quite a bit lighter than the stock battery. It always made good power, even after a few cool nights when I did the tour of Idaho in September. I bought one for my CB350 project as well, as it's a lot smaller than the stock battery and hides really easily. The bike sat for some time during rides and I never felt the battery lost any charge and it always turned the engine over easily.

    I'm happy with the purchase and service.

    Garrett
  2. Brad S.

    Brad S. Sr. noob

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    Got my Ballastic one installed in my F650 a few days ago.

    Its awesome! Bike starts up so much better than before, and the battery is so much lighter.

    Thanks!

    I'll be putting one of these in all my bikes as they need them.
  3. BogeyMan

    BogeyMan Been here awhile

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    Just placed an order for my Husaberg FE 570. thanks for supporting ADVRider - used the discount code mentioned above. I went for the 8-cell ballistic as insurance, since unlike the KTM's there's no kick starter as a backup on my bike.
  4. Samurai

    Samurai Adventurer

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    Ordered an 8 cell for the KLX 650. No kick starter so it needs all the insurance it can get! Thanks for the discount.
  5. DDT Rider

    DDT Rider Been here awhile

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    How about the 12-cell battery...any sale on that one...? :D
  6. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    There may be a sale next year, but I have a hard time keeping the 12 cell in stock because they sell out.

    Thanks!

    BTW the 8 Cell sales ends 1 week from today!
  7. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    The Ballistic batt's are all the same height and 103 mm is just a few mm's too tall for my side access battery box in my BMW G650 XCountry as far as I can measure. So I just ordered an 8 cell Sycl with quick disconnects and a 4 cell Sycl for a backup. Kinda extra security since I have a Rekluse clutch and can't bump start my bike if I kill the battery doing something stupid. Thanks for answering all my email questions Jim!
  8. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    Thanks everyone! $10 coupon discount lives on, but the sale ends on Black Friday...
  9. rm_pt

    rm_pt Adventurer

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    Hi, i've saw the video on the site where show installation on a F650GS. I've got a '06 650GS, standard configuration. How does those batteries run on a 'not so frequent' - unfortunnatly :(: - usage? Do they discharge faster that regular batteries, are they specific to race usage? How long can it be uncharged and still fire up on startup?

    tks
  10. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    I did 6 months betweens rides fired up with absolutely no problems I'm sure its good for way way more than that

    also 1 trip right after I got it I did a bonehead move and left my ignition and lights on while we did a 1 hour hike when I got back totally dead bump started it and rode for about a 1/2 hour parked on a downhill spot anticipating having to bump start again but it fired right up and never had another problem with it
    these batteries are awesome :clap
  11. DiscoDino

    DiscoDino Long timer

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    Jim - can't thank you enough for the prompt service (ordered Saturday, got it today), and the FANTASTIC quality...installed the battery 3 hours ago, and it starts the bike up MUCH better than the Odyssey it replaced!
  12. KWayne406

    KWayne406 Adventurer

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    I have the 4cell balistic batteries in a crf250x and in a drz400sm and could not be more pleased. When the agm battery gives uo on my xr650l it will get the larger one. I recomend theese to all and will probably try them on my street bikes as the old school batteries die.
  13. DDT Rider

    DDT Rider Been here awhile

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    ...just received the 12-cell for my 1150GS...won't have time to install for a week or two...updates then...
  14. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Just installed my 8 cell Sycl and it works great in my BMW G650 XCountry. At 40 degrees F there was no delay in starting. At 20 degrees for 2 hours it took about a minute to warmup with the headlight first. At 20 degrees F overnight soak (with frost all over the bike) it took a total of about 10 minutes, mostly with the key and headlight on for 1 minute then off for 30 seconds before cranking. This new LiFePO4 technology takes getting used to after being so used to lead based batteries (as when really cold if you just try cranking without any warmup using the headlight it does not crank but appears dead by lead acid standards).... but sure enough the more I left the light on, the more cranking amps it would put out! In the end it cranked quickly just like when warmer temps.

    I'm happy with this and don't expect it to be an issue as I've read it has been at least for some Shorai LiFePO4 batteries for the same bike, (I know one person who personally told me about issues he has at 40 degrees).

    I also bought the 4 cell Sycl and tried it out and it also was able to start my bike at 40 degrees F with no problem. I trust A123 batteries as they have a good track record, and the manufacturing quality of the connections to high current connectors on this Sycl battery appeared to be top notch. I wish it was a sealed case but the Ballistic battery would not fit in my battery case or I would have purchased it instead.

    Great service, value, and attention to customers, thanks!
  15. DDT Rider

    DDT Rider Been here awhile

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    Wow, 10 mins is a long time to wait for a start...
  16. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    YMMV but that was my first attempt. Perhaps there is a better (faster) way to do it (like don't turn off the key to get the voltage back up). Read up on the LiFePO4 technology as this is definitely a consideration, and only at lower temps and only the first time you start it not every time. If I had to park outside in a cold climate and was using this as a commuter bike (in a hurry) I might not have got this battery type.

    On the plus side, it cranks more and more the longer it warms up and so it has a lot of reserve capacity and even in cold temps it WILL crank once the chemistry has "warmed up". I got the Sycl over the Shorai because one guy with the same bike as mine takes 15 minutes to start his at 40 degrees F. It may be a defective Shorai or not, dunno, but others have not reported this problem. I trust the A123 battery cells that are in the Sycl and the Ballistic, whereas Shorai use their own technology and IMHO it and their manufacturing is still evolving (quickly though!).
  17. DDT Rider

    DDT Rider Been here awhile

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    I'll find out next week...
  18. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    I do. The 12 Cell is the ticket. PM me if you want to come by since you're just down the street.

    Jim
  19. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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    Hi Jim,

    Please, could you advice me if your battery will work for my needs.
    I have KTM LC4 640 Adv and Im mostly using it for long journeys, I have a loaded panniers, crashbars and side-stand so they add up some weight, right now Im trying to make my bike as light as possible to compensate extra load.
    Which LiFePO4 battery can substitute my current YUASA YTZ10S MF?
    From electrical stuff Im using from battery Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX/charging iPhone + VIO POV.HD recorder.

    Thanks!
  20. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    8 Cell will be perfect for you. Thanks!