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Offline Peterbennetive

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Lithium batteries
on: 24 Nov 20, 10:02:05
I'm thinking of replacing my lead acid battery with a nice Lithium one on my 1990 ZXR750H2. The bike only gets started in summer when I ride it a couple of times. it has a Meta alarm/immobilizer so is always plugged into an battery optimator. I have no knowledge of the lithium batteries so my question is. what's the best way to store it? can it be plugged in all the time like the acid battery and would I need a different charger? I currently use an optimate 900G.

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Offline whyhaveone

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Re: Lithium batteries
Reply #1 on: 24 Nov 20, 03:26:51
I had a Lithium battery on my 2016SX. It and the previous battery was being discharged by a tracker that I had - and later junked.

The Optimate is NOT OK for Lithium batteries. I got a NOCO Genius G3500UK 6V/12V 3.5A Smart Battery Charger that manages all types of battery. I've had it for almost four years now and it's great.

I did not leave it attached all the time - the battery I had, had a test button. I used to attach the charger every so often after I had diagnosed the fault with the tracker.

However, with your alarm/immobiliser you may have to leave it attached. Read what the battery suppliers info says re this.
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Re: Lithium batteries
Reply #2 on: 26 Nov 20, 01:20:37
I've had a Li-ion battery on the SX for a couple of years, and it does a lot better than lead acid batteries when not used for long periods (with just a cover on the bike), without any charging. You will need another charger, Optimate do one or you could just buy a cheap bench PSU that'll deliver up to 1A at a constant 14V and let the battery's internal charging circuit do its stuff.

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Re: Lithium batteries
Reply #3 on: 27 Nov 20, 08:50:28
I think that I might go for a Motobatt gel battery instead. Looks like it gives better turning amps than my lead acid and I should be able to leave my optimate on all times.

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Re: Lithium batteries
Reply #4 on: 27 Nov 20, 10:35:00
*Originally Posted by Peterbennetive [+]
I think that I might go for a Motobatt gel battery instead. Looks like it gives better turning amps than my lead acid and I should be able to leave my optimate on all times.
Motobatt are a good choice I have had 1 (only needed one and fitted it to two different bikes) cca's are good and the twin pole design is great for accessories that need direct battery connection.

When my current oem battery dies it will be a motobatt that goes in as a replacement.

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Re: Lithium batteries
Reply #5 on: 27 Nov 20, 11:41:51
*Originally Posted by Peterbennetive [+]
I think that I might go for a Motobatt gel battery instead. Looks like it gives better turning amps than my lead acid and I should be able to leave my optimate on all times.

Probably better for your use.  :028:
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