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Looking at replacing the battery in the TW (2015). It's working okay, and doesn't NEED to be replaced right now, but I'd like to get something better and sealed/gel/lithium.
I'd just like the peace of mind since I'll be out by myself most of the time.

The big issue is that I'm in Canada, so 99% of anything y'all have talked about in all the battery threads will not ship to me. I WAS able to find a WPS lithium option on eBay and Amazon that will.

So, it looks like (apples to apples) the lithium is way lighter, way smaller, and has a 120 CCA rating versus the 80 CCA of the AGM and GEL options I have available. (Stay tuned)

So...there's a couple battery places here in town, both have nothing but the factory Yuasa battery..no AGM, GEL, nothing. So if I want to go the factory route, it's $50-$55 pretty much anywhere I want.
Online bike shops are few and far between, and there are several that appear Canadian but then switch you over to a US site and the free shipping is out the window.
One good Canadian outfit is FortNine....I've bought a few things from fortnine (.ca) and they're great...Canadian company, free shipping over $50, etc. And I stress Canadian company because their prices are in Canadian funds, and there are no hang-ups at the border, and no surprise (hefty) duty/brokerage fees.....and I'll get my items in days rather than weeks or months as the case can be via eBay sellers.

So.....Here's my options:

All prices adjusted to CAD (and are all inclusive)
$55 for a 'stock' battery from wherever I want.
$78.78 for a BikeMaster Platinum II AGM from fortnine in my own country so no surprise fees.
$104.97 for a BikeMaster TruGel from fortnine in my own country so no surprise fees.
$125.24 for a FeatherWeight Lithium Battery WPS HJB7BL-FP-IL from either eBay or Amazon(.com) and who knows if I'll get nailed for duty and/or brokerage fees and it goes to $200....

The way I see it, a battery is an essential item and if it fails out there, I'm screwed. But, using that thinking, nearly every piece of the bike is also essential, so...and if I'm fortunate with terrain, bump starting is always an option.
I'm big on bringing along little survival kits and tools, so I could put that extra space in the battery box to good use...
Assuming a decide to save a few bucks, and avoid the potential fees by buying the AGM or Gel...is a gel battery really that much better than a sealed AGM? (Both are rated at 80 CCA)

Throw me your thoughts as far as which of the 3 (AGM/GEL/LITHIUM) options you'd go for in my shoes.
 

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Thanks..gave them a shot, but the shipping won't update...just shows $0 for all options, likely not liking my postal code. Emailed them via their "contact us" address...
"Address not found - Your message wasn't delivered to [email protected] because the address couldn't be found."
I'll give it a try again tomorrow and see what happens.

Edit: Found another address on their site, sent to that, hasn't bounced yet. We'll see what happens.
 

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Thanks a lot fishguy. Now I have to buy one of those batteries because thats so damn cheap.
 
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I have only one thing to say: stay the f**k away from the Shorai brand. I've never had more problems with my TW than when I tried putting a Shorai in it. I ordered three Shorai products and each was individually, uniquely defective.
 

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It's too bad that you're 2+ hours away from any Border crossing.
I'm ½ hr from Sumas, Washington and there are dozens of places there that will receive parcels for you, from the US. The most expensive one charges $5 and the cheapest is $3, but you get what you pay for, in terms of service and reliability.
Do you know anyone who lives close to a border-town that could pick up your parcels and re-mail them to you or meet you halfway?
 

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I have only one thing to say: stay the f**k away from the Shorai brand. I've never had more problems with my TW than when I tried putting a Shorai in it. I ordered three Shorai products and each was individually, uniquely defective.
I think it's important to remember that we can all have bad experiences with a manufacturer. You may want to explain why... Did they refund? Exchange? Did they treat you poorly.?

Not trying to be rude, but I've had no issues with my shorai products. Some context to your experiences can go a long way when you might possibly be taking an option off the table for someone.
 

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Im a big fan of Lithium Iron Phosphate... best battery Tech out there. Expensive but worth it IMO. Use them in my boat, plane, and car too. Leaves extra room in the battery box for tools and stuff

 

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I took the recommendations from the Forum in 2018 and bought a Shorai Lithium-Ion. Wasted the $75 on the Shorai charger/tender for it, which I used once when I first got the battery to make sure it was charged. I sold it for $60 last year! Several high-elevation Colorado winters now with times in the minus 20-degree Farenheit range - with the bike stored outside under a cover. Never tended it - never charged it! The only negative performance I have ever noticed was a slightly slower starter RPM when I went for a ride last winter in 10-degree weather. It's smaller and lighter and then a regular battery as well... What else can you ask for?
 
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Bought a BikeMaster AGM, which turned out to be defective, even at room temp storage with periodic charges, and got a free replacement just within the two-year warranty.

Keeping it as a spare as what I thought was a bad Yuasa wet cell that came with the 2003 bike in 2018 came back to life with a proper trickle charge. Adjusted the electrolyte level with distilled water and still going strong.
 

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Keeping it as a spare as what I thought was a bad Yuasa wet cell that came with the 2003 bike in 2018 came back to life with a proper trickle charge. Adjusted the electrolyte level with distilled water and still going strong.
Yep, and riding off-road bouncing around, and maybe an occasional drop they'll leak out, so good to check the levels periodically, especially if noticing it beginning to weaken. Refilled mine (small amounts, nothing major) twice since having battery (3 years end of this month), and keep on trickle charger if not riding often. Luckily we Floridians don't have to deal with extreme cold temps.
 
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BMS technology has been pretty much standard on LiFePo4 batteries for many years.
I like my reliable trouble-free Lithium batteries, one of which is a Shorie, no complaints.
My preference but I like models with 2 independent terminal connections per pole facilitating adding wiring for accessories.
 

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I bought and installed a Battery Tender BTL14A240C Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery. Paid $94 for it in 2014 and it's just as powerful today as it was then. Near as I can tell, it has more power than the others listed here. It is NOT the recommended battery for the TW200 according to Battery Tender though. But it is a lot more power and reserve capacity than the one they do recommend. I suppose they recommend the battery they make that is as close to the TW200 factory stock as they come. But that battery is so small, it requires foam packing to take up the battery compartment so it doesn't rattle around this battery, the 14A240C, fills the whole TW200 battery compartment and therefore provides more power than others.
Good luck with your search.
 

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i bought a shorai lithium. electricalicity-wise ive got a jns dot headlight with two stupidly bright light pods from walmart; theyre virtually always on (i mostly ride during the day so use them for visibility) and there have been no issues. i even park the bike in public with the viper alarm on and ive never had a problem with it.
 
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