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post #1 of 5 Old 12-15-2010, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting Battery

We're usually a couple of years behind tech here and there are few "real"motorcycles...although there are 1,800,000 motos under 125cc's.

It's tour season again, so in doing maintenance we needed two batteries.

I look around and no one is stocking the standard Yusua battery. All that's being stocked in the major parts stores are these gel mat batteries:





Sorta odd looking at a see-through battery.

Anyone have much experience with these?

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The technology is not new we sell tonnes of gel matt batteries per month. The original Yuasa will have used the same technology. It's really unusual to see a gel matt battery that is not sealed though part of the reason for using the matting is so the battery can be sealed. It points to very low tech to me. All you have there is a manufacturer who has decided to use a clear plastic lid for marketing reasons.
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The technology is not new we sell tonnes of gel matt batteries per month. The original Yuasa will have used the same technology. It's really unusual to see a gel matt battery that is not sealed though part of the reason for using the matting is so the battery can be sealed. It points to very low tech to me. All you have there is a manufacturer who has decided to use a clear plastic lid for marketing reasons.
It is sealed. The clear case in permanent and can't be opened conventionally.

That's one downside of living here. There are some items you can't get withour paying way too much. It costs about US$4.50 a pound to ship things here, so a motorcycle battery would cost more than $25 just in shipping.

We'll see how it holds up.
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I think it's pretty cool. As noted, the clear top is just a gimmick, but why not?

Let us know how these work out! They appear to be high-quality pieces.

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We're usually a couple of years behind tech here and there are few "real"motorcycles...although there are 1,800,000 motos under 125cc's.

It's tour season again, so in doing maintenance we needed two batteries.

I look around and no one is stocking the standard Yusua battery. All that's being stocked in the major parts stores are these gel mat batteries:





Sorta odd looking at a see-through battery.

Anyone have much experience with these?

EDIT:

Link to non approved vendor commercial web site removed.
First of all I doubt that this is a GEL battery. I believe it is a Glass Mat battery. Some manufacturers use the terms incorrectly/interchangeably. A glass mat battery is one that the acid (usually higher specific gravity than older non glass mat wet batteries) is absorbed by fiber glass matting, and then sealed. It is designed to be a starter battery. (short high current cycle) Gel batteries have silica added to the electrolyte to gel it. They too are sealed. They are generally designed for deep cycle use. The most important thing about these batteries is the introduction of the acid, and first charge. The acid must be allowed time to soak into the glass mat. Perhaps they have a clear top to allow you to watch for bubbles rising from the mat. When the bubbles stop rising during the fill, you have filled all the spaces in the glass mats. Then the battery must be charged by a smart charger like Optimate or battery minder plus. This can take 12hours. An ordinary charger will probably take 2-3 years off the life of these batteries. They must have a smart charger. The advantages of the glass mat batteries are; no maintenance, hold a charge much longer than old tech. wet batteries, wont spill acid unless broken, terminals don't corrode. Please don't believe any of that caca written on the top of the battery.

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