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Walt_M.

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LiFePo battery
« on: October 14, 2021, 04:16:58 PM »
I finally bit the bullet on a Shorai battery. I haven't ridden the Vision in over 2 years. I just replaced the 2019 registration sticker so I know. The old cheapo battery is long dead so I've been jump starting it and, due to 'life' I probably hadn't started it in 6 months. Got the Shorai, charged it for 30 minutes, took it to the bike and the bike was running in 2 minutes. A testament to the Shorai battery, FZ carbs, electric fuel pump and non-ethanol gas. That was last week. I'll see it again in a week and report. FYI, this was not my first LiFePo battery. I put one in my RZ350 probably 6 years ago and it's still there. Granted, no electric start but it hasn't burst into flames and it still cycles the power valves on start-up.
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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2021, 11:12:40 AM »
... but it hasn't burst into flames...

Not yet anyway. LOL

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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2021, 06:06:32 PM »
Well, today it didn't start. The starter turned it over very well but no fire. I didn't have time to investigate so I don't know why, harumph!
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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2021, 07:45:53 PM »
Finally got back to the Vision today, it was around 60 out. Turned the key and hit the starter, it turned over easily. The oil pressure light went out but no start. Looked at the battery voltmeter and it was less than 10V, aha. We need 10.6 volts to get spark from the TCI. Put the battery charger on it and worked on other projects. Came back to it later and got a few pops and bangs. Finally jump started it and got it to run but I think I'm a no on the LiFePo.
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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2021, 08:26:23 PM »
Walt, was there any electrical draw on the battery while you were 'away'?  It doesn't take much of a draw if a long enough time elapses.  I recall the BMWs and their clocks.  Nice feature, but if parked for a couple weeks they will sap the energy from the battery.  Just a thought.
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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2021, 09:48:01 AM »
Don't think there is any switch off draw. The battery had plenty of energy to run the starter but the voltage drop was too much to fire. It might be ok for more frequent use but it isn't what I was looking for. FWIW, the LiFePo I put in my RZ350 is still working fine after 5+ years. Of course there's no electric starter but it cycles the power valves on startup and the lights and turn signals work.
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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2021, 01:58:18 AM »
Dang, that sounds like an expensive adventure.  I have a AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) type battery in my KLR and it still fires the starter after sitting out in the weather for 6 months or so since last use.  It is 5 years or more old. 

I think the LiFePo batteries are better if used more often, but that goes for most all batteries.  One thought regarding starting with a LifePo battery is to turn the headlight on for a minute or so before trying to start the motor.  This is supposed to cause the battery to warm internally from the steady draw from the headlight, THEN try the starter.
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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2021, 10:09:15 AM »
I was really looking for a longer lasting battery that will start the bike when I want it to. I have a NoCo charger that is supposed to be for the lithium batteries. I got it when I got the battery for the RZ but I haven't needed it. But, where is it? As for AGM, I've had a couple and not had enough better luck to get another one.
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Re: LiFePo battery
« Reply #8 on: Today at 01:23:11 AM »
I am not trying to 'sell' anyone on the idea of a AGM battery, just reporting my experience with a neglected bike and it's battery.  My KLR sits out in the weather year round.  So, the journey continues in the search for answers and insight.

Having spent a decade in the parts departments of several dealerships (that was 40 years ago) I have learned that not all batteries are created equal.  By that I mean there are specific tolerances within the manufacture  process, and consequently some are better than others.  Once in a while there will be a dud, but for the money charged for the part we expect the Quality Control folks have done their job and prevented any duds from entering the market.  Reality being what it is, a dud can happen.
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