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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-06-2014, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a Deltran LiFe battery

My Yuasa battery was occasionally dying and cranking the engine slowly, so I upgraded my battery this weekend. I was going to get a Shorai but decided to try a Deltran Battery Tender Lithium Ferrous battery, size BTL14A240C. I found it on Amazon for about $105 shipped.

The battery is much smaller and weighs less than 2lbs. It has Cold Cranking Amps of 240, which was more than the Yuasa's 215. It's also much smaller than the Yuasa, so it came with the foam spacers that other LiFe batteries have. I've attached an image that shows its dimensions. A cool feature is that it has +/- posts on both sides of the battery. Also, the screw bases have little foam pads on them so you don't have to fool with trying to catch them as you're trying to screw on the battery cables (pic included).

It came charged at 13.2V, although the box said it came charged at 70%. I tried charging it more, but my charger charges at a rate of 13.2 Volts, so I couldn't give it any more. My Yuasa had 12.8 V, but would sometimes die after a few attempts at turning the bike on. My bike has no draining issues, btw. I've included a few pics after installing it.

So far, it still cranks the motor over pretty slowly, which is an issue some have had with the EVO, but at least it turns on, and I at least don't have to worry about the battery dying as this one keeps a steady charge.
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Deltran says that a regular charging tender can be used to recharge the battery but to not overcharge it so a maintainer would be the best kind of charger to use long term.
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Ha a friend of mine just bought this same battery last week. As you said it's by far the cheapest. I as well really liked the multi tap posts. Only draw back I see is that it does not have the adapter port for smart cell charging, not that I float any of mine.

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I considered that as well, but I'll just charge mine normally with my old maintainer. That's how the bike charges the battery so I don't see it being a bad thing. Plus, these Li batteries are only supposed to be charged about once a year if you ride regularly, which I do anyway.

Honestly, I think that's just a bunch of hype to sell their own chargers. I've not read any studies/tests that their chargers really do prolong the battery's life. All we have to go on is the manufacturers' literature, which could just be a sales tactic. Time and experience will tell.

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Looking at the pic with all the foam spacers stuck on it kinda reminds me of minecraft or this little character

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Just curious since I'm needing a new battery - are you still liking the Deltran after a couple of years?

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I used it for just over 3 years due to the bike not starting. This may have been due to issues I have in the winter with my bike, which are unrelated to the battery. I still have it and it still holds a charge over 12V, so it would probably still work in another bike that doesn't have this problem.

I still recommend them but for this bike I've decided to use a cheap battery until I can figure out the cold weather start issue.

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Appreciate your long term review. I like the idea of saving weight up high on the bike.
Surprisingly, the best price I could find as of today was from Wal-Mart @ $107 with in-store pick up. I went ahead and ordered one, takes a week to get which will give me time pull off plastic and empty the tank, etc.
Thanks for the info.

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update after 11 months. my deltran lithium battery appears to have died, it won't take a charge even with their tender. noticed deltran website doesn't offer this item anymore. it is 34 degrees out so maybe that's a problem but shouldn't be - i warmed the battery by turning on the bike for a few minutes. i liked the weight savings, am thinking about going back to agm batteries for reliability or is this deltran item a POS?

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Wow, that's crazy; it was either faulty or maybe your bike is overcharging it. I've used the battery in 26 degree weather, so the cold isn't an issue. My cold weather starting issue was always the bike itself.

I took my old Deltran (bought it October 2014) and put it in my CB500X after sitting for 6 months, not on a charger, and it still had enough juice to turn the bike on. In fact, I'm still riding around with it.

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