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Hey Everyone -

My current OEM battery died and I've been lookin at all my options for replacement. I can't spring for Lithium battery at the moment and I rather not go old school Lead Acid, so I figured a AGM battery would be a great middle of the road option, that isn't too pricy.

Seems like there are many available options, so I wanted to check with you guys to see if there are any recommendations from TW owners before I buy one.

Thanks SO much for any info / insight

Regards, Todd
 

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Shorai Lithium Ion or Deltran Litium Iron both as light as a ping pong ball and 1/3 the size of standard flooded I have Shorais dated 2011 and older that still work perfectly and I once had a Shorai that started my personal TW for 4 years through harsh Seattle winters the bike started every time and never was on a battery charger in the 4 years I owned it ! I kept that battery when I sold that TW and I use that Shorai as my shop test battery starting dozens of bikes every year even full size street bikes
 

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Thanks Placer, I agree the Shorai seems like an amazing battery, just not in my "motorcycle budget" at the moment, so I'm looking for a AGM which seems like a good option at a 3rd of the price. Does anyone know if the YTZ7S mentioned above the best option? Seems like there are many AGM options when I was looking into it last night. I see the one available form Weize and also one available from Battery Mart. I read many if not all the battery threads here and still undecided on which one to get...
 

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Thanks Placer, I agree the Shorai seems like an amazing battery, just not in my "motorcycle budget" at the moment, so I'm looking for a AGM which seems like a good option at a 3rd of the price. Does anyone know if the YTZ7S mentioned above the best option? Seems like there are many AGM options when I was looking into it last night. I see the one available form Weize and also one available from Battery Mart. I read many if not all the battery threads here and still undecided on which one to get...
Hey Everyone -

My current OEM battery died and I've been lookin at all my options for replacement. I can't spring for Lithium battery at the moment and I rather not go old school Lead Acid, so I figured a AGM battery would be a great middle of the road option, that isn't too pricy.

Seems like there are many available options, so I wanted to check with you guys to see if there are any recommendations from TW owners before I buy one.

Thanks SO much for any info / insight

Regards, Todd
 

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Raffles, Big Thank You! Incredibly helpful, I was wondering about the size differences, so awesome you posted these pics! I'm a "visual" guy by trade so seeing this is exactly what I needed!
 

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The Shorai is the "X-chain" of batteries. I've had one for almost two years and have not had to maintain it in any way. I've even jump-started a few trucks with it to date. I would say that if you do not have a kick-starter installed on your TW, it would be a good idea to go with the Shorai.
 

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I bought a Deltran AGM from Amazon and it has been a great cheap battery for me. Deltran makes the battery tender jr. which is the only battery maintainer that I'll use. I'd recommend both.

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Understand the extra initial cost of a LiPo4 battery like the Shorai ( or one of its more affordable lithium competitors) is hard to justify when on a budget. However the long term value is there depending on how you value reliability and convenience.
Anecdotal Observations:
1) Like you my OEM battery eventually failed. So I bought an AGM battery that quickly failed so there is that risk if taking the cheaper option like me. Since the money spent was wasted it made the needed replacement seem that much more expensive.

2) Now with a pair of LiPo4 batteries for both bikes I do not need to buy nor use a battery charger, lithiums hold a charge much longer untended...just riding the bike a few times a year is more than enough to maintain a charge.

3) Lithium batteries do not suffer the same voltage drops under load as conventional batteries so your starter motor spins faster and longer. This helps a poorly tuned bike start easier and delay need to do what really is necessary maintenance.

4) This ability to crank longer and harder can mean the difference between getting bike running again out in the bush or walking home.
 

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I have a friend who worked for years for a company that installed off-grid scientific instruments and they swore by PowerSonic batteries since their batteries just had to work. Here's a picture of their lithium product for the TW. I've never seen anyone review them in this forum but someday when my budget allows I'm going to try this battery.

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Raffles, Big Thank You! Incredibly helpful, I was wondering about the size differences, so awesome you posted these pics! I'm a "visual" guy by trade so seeing this is exactly what I needed!
;)(y), no problems! , we are all here to help members , that’s what makes it a good forum , sorry for repeating some of pics , I went for the yuasa Agm ,beacause out of all the batteries I have had in bikes over the years , this make has always served me the best , only downside is they generally are more expensive, but battery technology has got better over the years , so cheaper alternatives may just be as good or even better now , you will notice a difference, especially cranking speed is faster with this battery , as compared to stock , even before it started to show its age etc, I did not go for li ion as I have another bike with agm battery on and would need to purchase another battery charger for li ion
 

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Thanks for all the info everyone. As far as I can tell is the stock Lead battery is 12V 8AH and 80CCA. After looking at all the options, I think I might try the Deltran AGM, It's a little less on the AH, 7 vs 8 and a lot higher on the CCA 120 vs 80. Any info both good or bad on these differences? I already have a Deltran charger so I should be good to go when I'm not riding as much. Glowspud, do you know if the battery you linked is the best option from Deltran? I looked at the Deltran website and they have SO many AGM batteries to choose form. Thanks again everyone for chiming in, Thumbs Up.
 

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I originally searched for an AGM battery that was the same size as the stock lead acid battery but I couldn't find anything that was a match. An AGM that was as large as the stock one should have much better specs in every way and still be cheaper than a lithium one.

Your search might yield better results than mine but the Amazon link I provided was the closest match I could find.

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Finding a battery locally for these bikes is very unlikely. I found a Duracell pro AGM at autozone that fits. A little smaller but works. I ordered the Shoria Lithium last week. Should be here this weekend. I had a batteries plus lead acid for a couple days till it lost a cell and pissed acid all over the bike. Such junk anymore. And I’ve never had an issue with batteries plus batteries in 15 years.


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Just took my OEM battery out and measured it:

Stock Battery Dimensions: 5 Inches Wide X 3 3/4 Inches Deep X 4 1/2 Inches Tall

Also, Spoke with someone at Deltran, they are going to get back to me with the best available option ( AGM Type ) for the TW. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
 

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It’s battery time for me as well. In my efforts to learn from those who have traveled this road before, what is the model number of the best li-ion battery out there, and does someone have a link to the best place to order it?
I’m not concerned about the weight, just long term reliability and proper fit. Thanks
 
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Hey Glowspud, Does the BTX7A battery you linked fit in the TW ok? When looking up the dimensions it's listed as 5.9" Long which is a little bigger than what I measured on my bike, which is 5" Long. Just want to double check before I order. TY - Todd
 
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