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Offline Smartv11

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Lithium batteries
« on: June 09, 2019, 18:12 »
I know they have been around a while, but WOW they are small and unbelievable light ;D

I bought a JMT off ebay only £60 !

Incredible considering the monster of a battery originally fitted to the SF, this is a quarter of the size.

Just hope it lasts

Paul

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2019, 21:43 »
Hi Paul,
 As long as the lithium is of the LifePo4 type which mirror lead acid type batteries with regards to charging requirements and you have a modern voltage regulator you shouldn't have any problems.

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2019, 23:40 »
Ye I've been running Shorai with no problems (after I sorted my electrics). Worth investing in a compatible charger and trickle charge cable. Also, don't believe the bullshit about them being dead if they ever get run down, in the event you do have some problems, if you have the right charger you can bring them back from the dead - I've brought two back to life using the 'Store' charge mode on the charger.
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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 08:13 »
Good evening,
I bought three Shorai batteries within about a year for my Triumphs (Daytona 1200 and Sprint 900).  I also bought the zoot suit charger.  Two of them failed in less than a year ~~ would not recharge to more than about six volts.  My dealer said it's because the elctronic ignition draws enough of a load to discharge the battery if the bike isn't ridden for hree weeks or so.  I like the small size and the ability to mount them in any position but I'm not convinced they are worth the extra $$.  I now have lead~acid battery in the Sprint and the remaining Shorai is in the D12. We'll see...
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Offline darty1200

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2019, 08:51 »
I've had a shorai in the 1200 for five years and also in the 750 and can't fault them , just make sure your regulator is not putting out anymore than 14.2 volts and they work fine ,never had a flat battery but I ride them often.
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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2019, 12:10 »
I know you ride them often Darty .........and bloody quick too!

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 01:44 »
Have a SSB in the GS BM for 5 years now and never had a problem.
The SSB in the Motodd is probably too small [220CCA] and sometimes struggles to turn the H/C motor over even with 13.5 volts when it's cold.
Also I think it could be the cable from the relay to starter motor being on the small side as, after cranking for a few seconds it get quite warm.
Plan is to replace the cable and we'll see what happens then. That battery is also 5 years old.
For size and weight Lithiums are the way to go in my opinion.
The SSB doesn't need any special charger either.
After sitting on the shelf for about 15months waiting for the Motodd to be put back together it still had full charge and fire up the Motodd.
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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 03:14 »
Same as Rob. No problems at all. Bought a SSB LHZ10 and the 400CCA would crank over a D10.

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2019, 05:50 »
I just checked my D12, which has been sitting for at least four weeks.  It cranked and started with no problem.  That is what I expected when I bought the lithium batteries.  I have no idea why the other two failed but a 66% failure rate is enough to put me off the product.
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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2019, 11:29 »
I just checked my D12, which has been sitting for at least four weeks.  It cranked and started with no problem.  That is what I expected when I bought the lithium batteries.  I have no idea why the other two failed but a 66% failure rate is enough to put me off the product.

Wow, a tiny battery starting a stonking great D12 Bulldozer diesel engine!! That is incredible!  ;D :-*
What ... leave it standard??!!

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2019, 11:34 »
I just checked my D12, which has been sitting for at least four weeks.  It cranked and started with no problem.  That is what I expected when I bought the lithium batteries.  I have no idea why the other two failed but a 66% failure rate is enough to put me off the product.

When I find the mythical D12 I will give it a try.  :laugh:

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2019, 02:55 »
Don't they go up to 12? I was sure there were monster bulldozers with elevated numbers like that ... must have heard about it from the guitarist in Spinal Tap ... er, that would be a D11  :laugh: :-*
What ... leave it standard??!!

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2019, 02:59 »
Does this link work? Can't post pics - not familiar with the work 'puter.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenredding/9462213355
What ... leave it standard??!!

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Re: Lithium batteries
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2019, 14:42 »
Don't they go up to 12? I was sure there were monster bulldozers with elevated numbers like that ... must have heard about it from the guitarist in Spinal Tap ... er, that would be a D11  :laugh: :-*

Biggest I have worked with was a D9 putting in turkey nest dam, and that was huge. The D10 and D11 are something else again.