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post #1 of 14 Old 11-11-2019, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Battery weight

Anyone change out their OEM battery for a lightweight one? If so, happy with the battery and especially....how much weight loss?

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Get a nice light lithium so I can carry more Craftsman sockets?
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My FZ1 had a Shorei lithium in it when I got it and it is super light. Not sure if it had been my money to spend I would have paid the extra $$ for it, but it is fine. You just need to make sure that your bikes charging system is OK with it and if you use a charger/maintainer you have to make sure it is compatible - some chargers have a desulfator cycle that'll kill a Lithium battery.
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I got a lithium for my V2 and it works just fine. I also have one in my CBR that has been in there for several years. No battery tender, I just ride it a few times a year and it still starts right up.

As for the weight; They are really light. I haven't weighed it but I can tell you that the battery weighs less than the box it came in. Lastly, they are considerably smaller than the OEM battery. The last one came with semi-rigid spacers to bring it up to original height. The stock mounting works with no fiddling. Got the last one from Battery Mart. Slow delivery but I knew to expect that from one of the members here in another thread.
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My FZ1 had a Shorei lithium in it when I got it and it is super light. Not sure if it had been my money to spend I would have paid the extra $$ for it, but it is fine. You just need to make sure that your bikes charging system is OK with it and if you use a charger/maintainer you have to make sure it is compatible - some chargers have a desulfator cycle that'll kill a Lithium battery.
I hope that when Revzilla says "it's compatible" with my 2018 Wee, then that would suffice? How else would I know if the bike's. charging system would prevent an issue?

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I'm looking at AntiGravity batteries. They have the "ReCharge" button. Seems it could be useful if I walked away with the &%$*&^*&. key on.

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I hope that when Revzilla says "it's compatible" with my 2018 Wee, then that would suffice? How else would I know if the bike's. charging system would prevent an issue?
Best bet is to read through the Shorai FAQ, as lithium batteries are their own weird thing and operate at a higher voltage than your normal Lead acid or AGM battery. The lithium batteries have a 14.4 voltage fully charged and some things either can't charge them that high or don't like having 14.4 volts where they expect a little over 12. If a lithium battery gets down around 12.5 it is junk
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I have lithium batteries in a number of my bikes, they are very light and being smaller has it's advantages too for making storage room under the seat.

With my Wee I had a full size replacement SSB lithium battery up in the tail, under the seat ready for the original battery to fail, (that original 09 battery is still working.)

The problem I had was the SSB lithium battery in my MT09 failed just outside the warranty period, it cost about 2x that of a lead acid and only lived about 14 months.

I could even live with that but I could not just jump start the bike and ride it when the battery failed.

Each time I started the bike all was good until I removed the jumper battery, I had to keep the RPM's above 3k to stop the motor stalling and then I could hear relays slamming open and shut.

The risk to my ECU was to high so I trailered the bike home.

Not a great position to be in here down under where I love to get off the well worn routes.

As said if a lithium battery gets low it is best to bring it back to life in a slow and controlled way and that is not under the seat of a bike at 14+ volts.

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Get a nice light lithium so I can carry more Craftsman sockets?
Or maybe: get a nice light lithium so I can eat more pie.

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