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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-16-2017, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Lithium battery suggestions?

I am considering getting a lightweight lithium battery for my '16 AT. I am having difficulty finding which one or size to get.

Most all of the parts retailers don't list a part number or a listing of a lithium battery for the AT. What have any of you used? Did you go with Ballistic, Shorai, or Antigravity? If so, what size did you get and did you need to do anything to make it fit?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-16-2017, 01:26 PM
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EarthX recommends their ETX24C battery for the Africa Twin...

https://earthxbatteries.com/shop/ETX24C
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or wait for a while and see what battery both 2018 models will get...
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or wait for a while and see what battery both 2018 models will get...


It will be interesting to see if they have modified the box for the 2018’s and if the battery will be the same physical size.


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Try here

This is for a Shorai brand.



And this is the Shorai website:
https://shoraipower.com/products?act...79&year=368479

I have mixed feelings about Shorai and lithium batteries in general. I had a Shorai for my Goldwing which broke when I dropped a wrench on it. Not a big wrench and not a long drop. I found the case to be VERY thin and brittle and the terminals broke from the case. It still worked but I was not comfortable with them just laying in the case.

Also, Lithium batteries don't work well in cold weather. Users say to turn on the headlights to warm it up and then they are OK but I have not tried that personally.

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Wait for the OEM lithium

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In France we can find this one:
Batterie lithium HJTZ14S YTZ14S Skyrich
Caractéristiques de la batterie HJTZ14S-FP-S
Brand : SKYRICH
Reference : HJTZ14S-FP-S
Voltage : 12V
Technologie : Lithium
Poids : 1,090 Kg
Longueur : 145mm
Largeur : 87mm
Hauteur : 94mm
Garantie : 1 an
Capacité : 11Ah
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Earthx and shorai both very popular with the enduro bikes before they came stock with lithium. Earthx has nanny protection circuitry that has left some stranded. They both have one listed for the AT.
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Don't wait for the OEM. Go with Alien Motion. http://www.alienmotion.com/am8.html


They make great LiFePo4 batteries.
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Go with Alien Motion.
That is the definite winner for being the lightest, but it is also the lowest capacity. Do you use one? Good in the cold too?

I hear lots of talk about lithium being bad in the cold, but I specifically go for lithium batteries in most electronic devices because they work night and day better than alkaline when it gets cold.
And as far as big batteries are concerned I have a LiFePO4 booster pack about half the size of an AT battery. I've been boosting dead batteries with it for 2 years in temps as low as -30°C and it's still going strong. It's boosted my girlfriends 4runner 6 times on the same charge this past week alone and it lives in the back so it is doing it from dead cold.

That being said I still don't have any experience to offer with actual LiFePO4 motorcycle batteries in the winter. My winter beater is still a kick start lol. Although the one bike I have with stock lithium battery has started fine in temps as low as 0°C.

Like any battery I believe they just have to have enough capacity to work in the cold. A little 300CCA battery will start a 4 cylinder car all summer just fine, but it's a paperweight in the winter. So a 600CCA is the standard.
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