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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Time for a battery

My battery is finally testing weak on the load tester. The other day it started really slow on a colder morning after sitting for only a week. I know the charging system is A-OK now, but the battery is due.

My question is; where can I find the best deal on a replacement? My current battery is a Yuasa YTX14H-BS. I'd like the same or another with comparable quality at a great price. Thanks!
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Upgrade to a glass mat battery AutoZone sell's East Penn. Just call them up or go into the store with your part number.
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My question is; where can I find the best deal on a replacement? My current battery is a Yuasa YTX14H-BS. I'd like the same or another with comparable quality at a great price. Thanks!
The Wal-Mart ES14BS is an AGM battery that has worked quite well in three different motorcycles. They're made by Johnson Controls. Surprising what you find when you need a battery when nothing else is open and it's good. My '98's is now about two years old.

Brad

Battery acid is installed by the consumer, I like that.

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Thanks guys I'll check those out.

Do you think I need the 240 CCA of the high performance battery (like the Yuasa), or is a 200 CCA battery sufficient?
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Thanks guys I'll check those out.

Do you think I need the 240 CCA of the high performance battery (like the Yuasa), or is a 200 CCA battery sufficient?
I like the idea of the additional 40 CCA, but a battery rated at 200 CCA is plenty.

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PS The Shorai LI battery seems to be popular choice lately in my area. Pricey and long term reliability still iffy, but likely good.
http://www.batterymart.com/p-shorai-...n-battery.html

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I like the idea of the additional 40 CCA, but a battery rated at 200 CCA is plenty.

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PS The Shorai LI battery seems to be popular choice lately in my area. Pricey and long term reliability still iffy, but likely good.
http://www.batterymart.com/p-shorai-...n-battery.html
Whoa! That battery is sweet! Just over 3 lbs and 315 CCA! The $$$ makes me go too! lol
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I have one of those Deka Gelmatt jobs in my Daytona and had one in my old 04 Sprint ST.
Seemed like a good unit.
But I like the look of these new lightweight Shorai things.

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What did you end up buying?

I bought a Ballistics Performance battery:





Had it in for about a month now, no issues starting, even in 49f weather. Better quality than Shorai as well.
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Just wondering what you are basing your statement on quality differences between Shorai and Ballistic. Did you own a Shorai and not like?
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I base it on a multiple reviews concerning the two and owning a Ballistics the following points are what I have found. I will say however, that the Shorai batteries in reviews I have read put out "slightly" higher voltage, like .1-.2, however both are far better than lead-acid batteries.

First and the biggest strike is against the Shorai terminals that were terrible and flimsy, they broke, and bent, and did all kinds of nasty things. Shorai did however fix this with a revised terminal design, so props to them.

Second, the internals of the Shorai are essentially the same thing as the Ballistic, however, it is a significantly larger and heavier package, raising the question of why are Shorais so big? Neither has an over discharge curcuit so it's clearly not that.

Third, and most important to the life span of the battery, as of last time I looked, Shorai does not have a balancing terminal on their batteries. Without this you cannot refresh the battery to new and extend it's life and accurate power delivery. Ballistic batteries have this terminal.

Either way, I think both would suite well, however the Ballistics 8 cell is significantly smaller and lighter than the Shorai, while providing the same function at similar price point with the potential for longer life.
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