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Looking to shed a few pounds with a lightweight Lithium battery, just started reading about them, I'm reading mixed reviews so far.

Anyone running one?
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There's a number of us running them now. I've been running a Shorai since 2012. Cold weather starting can take a bit more effort/time (but I haven't been stranded or anything). Otherwise, I don't notice much difference.

I only have experience with my Shorai, but as I understand there can be a significant difference between brands.
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I've been running them on both my bikes for about seven years now. I originally had Ballistic on the Sporty and a Shorai on the Guzzi. But, wasn't overly impressed with the Ballistic and it went tits up fairly soon. Was very impressed with the Shorai so I replaced the Ballistic with the Shorai. I couldn't be happier. The Shorai in the Guzzi has been running for about seven years now. Highly recommend the Shorai.

Most problems with these occur when they are allowed to go dead. You must be careful when charging them and be sure to NOT use a charger that has automatic "desulfation mode". It's also very easy to overcharge these batteries. Some come with a built in "battery management system", others can come with special chargers designed specifically for these batteries, others don't come with anything and don't tell you anything.
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I've been running them on both my bikes for about seven years now. I originally had Ballistic on the Sporty and a Shorai on the Guzzi. But, wasn't overly impressed with the Ballistic and it went tits up fairly soon. Was very impressed with the Shorai so I replaced the Ballistic with the Shorai. I couldn't be happier. The Shorai in the Guzzi has been running for about seven years now. Highly recommend the Shorai.

Most problems with these occur when they are allowed to go dead. You must be careful when charging them and be sure to NOT use a charger that has automatic "desulfation mode". It's also very easy to overcharge these batteries. Some come with a built in "battery management system", others can come with special chargers designed specifically for these batteries, others don't come with anything and don't tell you anything.


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I have a Shorai for almost two years. I love it. Took 10 pounds off my battery tray, have no need of buying a tender, much better cranking power than my old lead/acid batteries.

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I could save that much weight if my wife left her purse at home!
But then I'd be without backup ammo.
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Indeed.

Every once in awhile, I'm glad she is carrying a floor jack, jumper cables, and radiation detector in her purse.

From what I read so far, the Shorai is the "recommended" battery, and the Ballistic is not too hot. Of course, the Shorai needs its own battery charger, (sold separately kids, only $85 additional + tax and shipping).

I can see the considerable expense if there is a savings in space, perhaps for relocating the ECM. Otherwise, if a pound or two is the goal, then go to the gym.
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I've got an EarthX lithium battery in one Sportster. Love it. It was so light I couldn't believe it was a battery and it has worked flawlessly. It's been at least three years in service.
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... Of course, the Shorai needs its own battery charger, (sold separately kids, only $85 additional + tax and shipping).
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I've owned my Shorai since 2012 without owning their battery charger. No extra expense needed, IMO. I have on occasion topped off the charge with a regular battery tender (but don't leave it hooked up). No problems so far, but I am careful and know how to check voltages.

And, there's not a chance of seeing me in a gym...so I'll take off the pounds where I can!
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Indeed.

Of course, the Shorai needs its own battery charger, (sold separately kids, only $85 additional + tax and shipping).
Actually, my Shorai arrived almost fully charged, I checked it with my multimeter. The bike's charging system can easily top it up from there. I have not bought a charger, and my battery can sit for at least a month (longest so far) and show no sign of being weakened. Try that with my old lead/acid. I would have to take it out tender or not and check the fluids, what a pain.

I primarily bought mine for the weight savings on the battery tray (expensive fix), and the fact it needs no maintenance, nor tendering. Of course, my 1991 has no parasitic drain when turned off like the new bikes. Another great reason for the lithium in my case.

The price difference now seems a real bargain, no more battery worries. Dead Batteries Suck!

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