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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-28-2016, 11:39 AM
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lithium XS model
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-28-2016, 12:08 PM
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Thanks.

I read their operating manual for the lithium sx model and saw that their battery connection cabling does not allow for individual cell connections, nor does their literature include/describe cell balancing capability.

The Shorai battery has a cell balance port and their cabling connects to it. Their literature does not describe it in detail but it does include cell balancing as one of their charge process steps.

That may, or may not, be a consideration for some. Just one more decision to make and then wonder about.
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Put a Shori in my 620. OEM weighed 8.9lbs, Shori 2.3. Even @ $189.00 it's the cheapest weight loss purchase yet by far. Since it's high on the bike you can really feel the difference.

If you use their charger (or another brand with the proper cables) you can cell balance. I haven't bothered yet, but will check it and if needed use my iCharger I have for my R/C stuff.

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Put a Shori in my 620. OEM weighed 8.9lbs, Shori 2.3. Even @ $189.00 it's the cheapest weight loss purchase yet by far. Since it's high on the bike you can really feel the difference.

If you use their charger (or another brand with the proper cables) you can cell balance. I haven't bothered yet, but will check it and if needed use my iCharger I have for my R/C stuff.
And there lies the rub. It's not high on the M1200/821. If fact it's about as mass centralized as you can get. I'll go with a lithium once the stock one dies but am in no hurry since the change to riding dynamics will be negligible.
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And there lies the rub. It's not high on the M1200/821. If fact it's about as mass centralized as you can get. I'll go with a lithium once the stock one dies but am in no hurry since the change to riding dynamics will be negligible.


That's the type of information I was looking for.


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Been using a Shorai in my 2002 750ie for a little over a year now. Been super happy with it. I ride the bike almost daily unless it is raining so I have not had the battery on a charge yet and most likely never will. Lithium batts store better then lead acid. I just lift the tank and pull the neg cable whenever I will not be riding for a while. Simple and it works. Battery location is similar to the 620, high up under the gas tank.

Only problem was a few days ago. It did not want to turn over in the morning due to cold weather (31F). Turned the head light for a min or so to warm/prime the battery and it fired up second try. Has no problems in the low 40F range.

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That's all you have to do. Li batteries don't like high current draw when cold. Just turn the key on and gear up, buy the time you're done the bike will be fine. Trying to start when they are cold will eventually kill them.
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If you have the money and WANT to spend it, shorai is the most common and may be the best in lithium. I rather spend less on a good product that has proven itself to me. The deltran runs around $110 on amazon. I've had it on 2 bikes and never had any issues. I've never had to charge it either, but if I did, I'd just use the regular battery tender charger. It charges the battery the same way that your bike charges it, so I don't see a need to have an expensive charger that's battery specific. But again, if you have the money and you feel it will bring you peace of mind, shorai is a good pick.
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So...Shorai or battery tender? wich one is better?
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My 1200S came with a bad battery, the dealer probably had it in storage for too long and killed the battery. I replaced it with a W Standard lithium battery, they make great lithium batteries for Ducati.

http://www.wstandardusa.com/

Other than weight, one major difference between regular and lithium battery is the cold start performance. With regular battery, you have to hold the start button for a few seconds before the engine would start. But with the lithium, one short press and the engine will fire right up.

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