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    Best replacement battery recommendation-light weight and long lasting?

    The TW is one of 3 bikes and the one I ride least...so keeping things going is an issue. I have had the bike since April, and usually I ride it a few times a week and that has been fine. I got busy and did not ride it for 3 weeks and I can not bring the battery back from the dead (in this case I ran extension cord from my unit and connected to battery tender for several hours to try and charge-the light eventually turned green but the bike still won't start) I do not have electricity in my condo garage so a regular battery tender is not an option. Although the bike is new it sat on the show room floor for a year and I am sure the battery just discharged.

    Anyway, I need a new battery and found, then lost, a thread about a light weight (a half pound!!!) long lasting option. I really need something just lasts as long as you are riding...which has always been the case with my other bikes, no need to tender them (except when I lived in the Midwest, but in S.Cal now).

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    Sounds like you are interested in a modern lightweight Li battery. I have both the Shorie and the Battery Tender models for the TWs. Both are excellent in my opinion. The Shorie has been very popular for years but the Battery tender can be had for ~$30 to $40 less, ~$80. I like the multiple terminals of the Battery Tender model. Cold temperature operation won’t be an issue in Southern California, your riding season is longer, these batteries hold their charge for years...thus any float charging during periods of non-operation should not be neccessary.images-4.jpeg
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    I have the BT battery in all my bikes. So far, no problems and they hold a charge for a long time if the bike isn't ridden.
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    If you don’t mind gambling there is this option from Alibaba. I was going to buy two of these to try. I have lithium cells to make my own so I didn’t purchase these. I think these are the same as WPS lithium’s not sure though.

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    I could go into a long paper on the differences between shorai (LI-ION) vs battery tender (LI-IRON) (I am using both) and the preference of using the special shorai cell balancing charger....(another $85.00) ,but i suggest doing some research on both. I will just give you my recommendation: get the battery tender LI-IRON battery, and use your standard battery tender charger. As most bikes now days have computers, and drain the battery constantly; keep it on all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynlee View Post
    Although the bike is new it sat on the show room floor for a year and I am sure the battery just discharged.
    No doubt!! And not only did it discharge, it was probably killed right out of the box by high current charging.
    Either an AGM or a Lithium-Ion battery will fit your bill, but the Li batteries are about twice as much. However, they will keep their charge for most of a year unless frozen.
    I use an AGM, since I'm cheap and I have to overwinter the battery in 20 degree temps. Mine has lasted four years, but I do make sure it gets a trickle charge once a month.
    There isn't much difference in weight between an AGM and a Li, both are about 1/4 the weight of the OEM.

    Do buy a reputable brand whatever you do, there are an astounding number of crap batteries out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweaker View Post
    If you don’t mind gambling there is this option from Alibaba. I was going to buy two of these to try. I have lithium cells to make my own so I didn’t purchase these. I think these are the same as WPS lithium’s not sure though.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/12V-...204.8.4.WPQRiS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal View Post
    I could go into a long paper on the differences between shorai (LI-ION) vs battery tender (LI-IRON) (I am using both) and the preference of using the special shorai cell balancing charger....(another $85.00) ,but i suggest doing some research on both. I will just give you my recommendation: get the battery tender LI-IRON battery, and use your standard battery tender charger. As most bikes now days have computers, and drain the battery constantly; keep it on all the time.
    thanks! Unfortunately regular battery tender or charger use is not an option, I have a shared garage and there is no power outlet. So in an emergency I can run an extension cord from my unit or the laundry room. Neither is appropriate on a regular basis though (an eye sore and trip hazard for my neighbors). I didn't know battery tender made batteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynlee View Post
    thanks! Unfortunately regular battery tender or charger use is not an option, I have a shared garage and there is no power outlet. So in an emergency I can run an extension cord from my unit or the laundry room. Neither is appropriate on a regular basis though (an eye sore and trip hazard for my neighbors). I didn't know battery tender made batteries.
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    Maybe gambling is too strong a word. More like being a guinea pig as I don’t know anyone who has tried one of these and you have to deal with China for the warranty. Personally I will problebly end up buying at least one of these batteries because at that price it can’t really be any worse than the stock Lead acid battery. The benefits of the Lifepo4 cells out weight any risks in my mind. This is a safe battery that will do all the requirements you were asking about. The Battery Tender brand Lifepo4 motorcycle batteries are likely made in China with their brand on them.

    If you want to pay 40% more and get an easier warranty here is a link on EBay for an $80 BT battery.



    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F162656995164


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