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Re: for the experts: motorcycle battery dead?

I always thought that leaving a battery to go flat in winter can cause sulphation, which is not always reversible. I have a fairly good charger and have recovered bike batteries after winter but in some cases, although still usable, they no longer hold the same charge as a new one.
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Old 22.03.2015, 19:07
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Re: for the experts: motorcycle battery dead?

Update: another day on the charger and again not enough power to start.
Conclusion: RIP battery

Searched in the German BMW owners forums and found a new one at Reichelt in Germany for 42 CHF I can't imagine that the BMW's rates can compete with that. Even Polo and Louis are much more expensive.
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Update: another day on the charger and again not enough power to start.
Conclusion: RIP battery

Searched in the German BMW owners forums and found a new one at Reichelt in Germany for 42 CHF I can't imagine that the BMW's rates can compete with that. Even Polo and Louis are much more expensive.
Post a link - that's an unbelievable price (CHF or €?). Although, that'll be for 19Ah for your bike, I would be interested to see if similar prices are available for the 30Ah one I would need.
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. . . I use LiIon batteries for my RC planes and always charge them in a fireproof pouch in case of explosion.
. . . and doesn't your smartphone (assuming you are with us in the 21st century) also have "LiIon" batteries ? I have heard of some horror stories, but these have, with hardly an exception, been blamed on poor quality "counterfeit" goods.
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Post a link - that's an unbelievable price (CHF or ?). Although, that'll be for 19Ah for your bike, I would be interested to see if similar prices are available for the 30Ah one I would need.
http://www.reichelt.de/Blei-Vlies-Ak...7c5bc3f47c40e0
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Re: for the experts: motorcycle battery dead?

battery is maintenance free, fits perfectly and the bike runs again.
not bad for 42.50 euro
even replacing was not as bad as expected. removing the tank and body work, and building back, went all pretty well.
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Re: for the experts: motorcycle battery dead?

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Update: another day on the charger and again not enough power to start.
Conclusion: RIP battery

Searched in the German BMW owners forums and found a new one at Reichelt in Germany for 42 CHF I can't imagine that the BMW's rates can compete with that. Even Polo and Louis are much more expensive.
Before winter starts I usually make a reminder in Google Calendar to send me a monthly SMS to tell to charge the battery. Usually it takes around 2 hours to charge it every month, so I assume that if you do not do this at all during the winter it will completely discharge the battery and may kill it.
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Another question for the experts, my scooter's lead-acid battery is as dead as a dodo and needs replacing. One site suggests lithium ion as a replacement, would this be advised??



I'm more thinking about having a potential bomb under my jacksie I use LiIon batteries for my RC planes and always charge them in a fireproof pouch in case of explosion.
Don't bother getting a Li-Ion/LiFePo4 battery. It's not worth the money for the weight savings and extra complications (cold weather starts, charge finickyness, etc) over a good batter. Get an AGM battery and you'll have the low discharge of a lithium battery without the hassle (and save $$$).

Or just get some cheap Yuasa battery and a trickle charger (as mentioned a hundred times in the thread) and simply keep your battery on a charge over the winter. Save even more money, and hassle free.
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