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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 10:43 am   #21 (permalink)
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i have had the LiFePo connected for a few months without any issues. The bike starts right up. I assume the anti-theft is putting some drain on the battery and will probably get around to disconnecting the battery when not riding for long periods.

So far, so good.
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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 11:24 am   #22 (permalink)
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Which, if any, of these type battery packs have built in balancing circuits?
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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 11:36 am   #23 (permalink)
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The SpeedCell claims that no balancing is needed - perhaps that is why they seem to have a cost premium. Don't know enough about the other LiFePO4s...
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Old Apr 1st, 2011, 1:38 am   #24 (permalink)
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seems to me that many LiFePo batteries have been out of stock at retailers as of late. anyone had any luck finding one recently?

was hoping for a speedcell or a shorai but havent been able to track one down.
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sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but do these new batteries get charged the same way as a lead acid in the bike? I was always under the impression that these batteries needed a different charging system... I've seen the phrases, constant voltage or constant current bandied about the place....

Are these batts simply plug and play?
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sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but do these new batteries get charged the same way as a lead acid in the bike? I was always under the impression that these batteries needed a different charging system... I've seen the phrases, constant voltage or constant current bandied about the place....

Are these batts simply plug and play?
Mine has been on the bike for 9 months, and regularly sits for 2+ months while I'm out of the country. Starts up every time (unless it's under 40F/4C out).
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sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but do these new batteries get charged the same way as a lead acid in the bike? I was always under the impression that these batteries needed a different charging system... I've seen the phrases, constant voltage or constant current bandied about the place....

Are these batts simply plug and play?
They are pretty much plug n' play and yes, they get charged as part of the electrical system on the bike without modification. The only difference I am aware of is if you want to charge the battery on it's own, you would use a 6amp charger like the Odyssey rather than a more typical lower amp-rated charger for a lead acid.

Mine is still doing well after the 6 months it has been on the bike.
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Old Jul 29th, 2011, 11:54 pm   #28 (permalink)
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Update

Just an update here: I bought the larger of the two Shorai units offered by Motowheels, the LFX18A1 because I wanted the higher cranking amps and didn't care about a few more ounces or size.

My original battery is 5 years old now, and has performed admirably with only inconsistent attachments to a battery tender, but I just figured it was time to change it out. It's currently fully charged on the battery tender in the garage.

The Shorai is just impressive out of the box. Super light weight, very nicely finished. The packaging in the box consists of various thickness foam pads you use to shim the new battery into your existing battery box. Clever & effective. The new battery cranked the bike up no problem right out of the box, and has given me zero trouble for a month now. The weight savings are real, check the attached photos. If anything, I think the bike starts a little quicker now.

Wait until I get those Motolectric Hi-Cap cables installed...
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Old Jul 30th, 2011, 6:09 pm   #29 (permalink)
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Wait until I get those Motolectric Hi-Cap cables installed...
I installed my hi-cap cables, but did not notice any differences. It could be my battery. Please do an update after the cables are in.

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Just an update here: I bought the larger of the two Shorai units offered by Motowheels, the LFX18A1 because I wanted the higher cranking amps and didn't care about a few more ounces or size.

My original battery is 5 years old now, and has performed admirably with only inconsistent attachments to a battery tender, but I just figured it was time to change it out. It's currently fully charged on the battery tender in the garage.

The Shorai is just impressive out of the box. Super light weight, very nicely finished. The packaging in the box consists of various thickness foam pads you use to shim the new battery into your existing battery box. Clever & effective. The new battery cranked the bike up no problem right out of the box, and has given me zero trouble for a month now. The weight savings are real, check the attached photos. If anything, I think the bike starts a little quicker now.

Wait until I get those Motolectric Hi-Cap cables installed...
Jeff,

I have that same Shorai with the Motolectric cables. had them since feb and no issues. prior to the PUK setup, it would start on the first pump from the starter. the PUK seems to take a bit more to crank over.

i only wish the shorai and the terminal nuts locked in. they were a pia.

the motolectric is high quality stuff for sure. not confident on the cost-benefit overall.

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