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Lithium Iron Battery (Shorai) on 2001 Bonnie and multimeter readings

I have a 2001 Bonnie and I just added a Shorai Lithium Iron (not Ion) battery.
I was curious about multimeter readings--maybe they run different when the LiFE Battery is introduced.

Resting (engine not running) the battery tests out at 12.89 UPDATE. Resting Battery was, with key not in ignition, 13.25.
Engine Running , revving 2000 the battery tests at about 13.5 to 13.8

Are these readings showing everything to be working properly? Another user had similar readings with LiFE Shorai battery. I've run the test 2x and gotten the same readings on different days. This leads me to believe that everything's working fine.

Part of me wants to see something higher with engine running (14?) If something's abnormal, I'm guessing I'm into R and R problems. My bikes 18 years old......that said perhaps the readings I gave are perfectly fine for a 2001 w/ LiFE.

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With OEM Stator and VR your numbers are correct. If Your running RICKS STATOR and VR your numbers will be higher at 14.5.

Battery Type is IRRELVANT to charge rate Depending on condition of the battery...a good Battery will be between 12.00 and 13.25 at rest

Your charging system is designed around a lead acid battery...there are special VR for many applications running lithium ION. I have no experience with Lithium Iron. Having seen a Lithium something go up in flames...I won't touch them with a 10 foot pole

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Your good to go and about 4 lbs lighter now. I have very good luck with the Shoria battery. Never have had to trickle charge it regardless of how long it has sat dormant. Pricey little bugger though.

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With OEM Stator and VR your numbers are correct. If Your running RICKS STATOR and VR your numbers will be higher at 14.5.

Battery Type is IRRELVANT to charge rate Depending on condition of the battery...a good Battery will be between 12.00 and 13.25 at rest

Your charging system is designed around a lead acid battery...there are special VR for many applications running lithium ION. I have no experience with Lithium Iron. Having seen a Lithium something go up in flames...I won't touch them with a 10 foot pole
Lithium Iron does not behave the same way as Lithium Ion battery. They use different cathode materials. The Iron does not have the same propensity for temp overrun, over heating and possible fire hazard.
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Thanks. I updated the original post because the battery with all power off, no key in ignition was at 13.25. The voltage when choke was out, later warmed up revving would at best go to about 13.8 maximum.

I'm glad to hear everything's fine.
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It cost me about $160 for the Shorai via Amazon Prime. Shorai's been really solid on picking up the phone as well. The extra few dollars for something that's doing ok for cold starts around 50 degrees has been well worth it.

I do need to do some reading on cold starts and enhancing performance. I have to start choke out and the engine stalls 2 or 3 times before it catches and idles and then idles fast. Just the way it is for the cold blooded beast.
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It cost me about $160 for the Shorai via Amazon Prime. Shorai's been really solid on picking up the phone as well. The extra few dollars for something that's doing ok for cold starts around 50 degrees has been well worth it.

I do need to do some reading on cold starts and enhancing performance. I have to start choke out and the engine stalls 2 or 3 times before it catches and idles and then idles fast. Just the way it is for the cold blooded beast.
Going to a 42 pilot jets really fixed my bike on cold starts. Mine use to be very "cold blooded" and was exactly as you described. The 42's also really improved the off idle acceleration.

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I'll look at rejetting shortly. Are you starting at 38 to 50 degrees? With choke out, the bike fires right up and goes into the fast choke idle......no stalls. Great to know!
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HI Duckman. Some are saying that 13.80 is too low and that with stock Regulator Rectifier, the bike should be charging at 14.25 /14.5

I think the writing's on the wall for me regardless, time to get one of these Mosfet units. Any suggestions (from anyone) on which units are easiest to install? Saves me a great deal of forum searching--though I love all the cool info. I get raking through Rat Net.

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In 18 plus years I never had a reading over 13.5 volts until I upgraded to Ricks Electric ...know I have 14.5 volts. Interesting reading
https://www.triumphrat.net/speed-tri...r-upgrade.html

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