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Lithium batteries

  • RicB
    RicB
    16 days ago
    My battery just died and I was told by someone where I work to buy a lithium battery. Is it worth buying for my 2016 wide glide?
  • tussuck
    tussuck
    16 days ago
    Lithium is the way of the future... Lighter and way smaller for the same cranking amps with a lot longer life expectancy.  Key thing is to make sure the regulator is right for the battery as I think they have specific charging needs.
  • RicB
    RicB
    16 days ago
    Thanks, I'm doing a bit of net research on it now especially related to Harley bikes. I wish to be 99% satisfied before I buy 
  • tussuck
    tussuck
    16 days ago
    Im the same atm researching an off grid setup for my shed/office.  Enough to power my computers and reverse cycle etc.

  • GGUser408
    GGUser408
    15 days ago
    Quoting RicB on 18 Jun 2022 02:35 AM

    Thanks, I'm doing a bit of net research on it now especially related to Harley bikes. I wish to be 99% satisfied before I buy 

    few years old now but this thread covers a lot of stuff
    no problems with oem or aftermarket charging system in the bike, do require a specific trickle charger
    remedies for hard starting in cold conditions

    lithium batteries can be a problem when run down with parasitic draw when left for long periods, sometimes they come back, sometimes not; some top of the line lithium batteries now have a 'restart' or 'recharge' feature which keeps a reserve charge for starts in this situation
  • RicB
    RicB
    15 days ago
    Thanks GG. 
  • Ohio HD
    Ohio HD
    yesterday
    I've been running an Anti-Gravity ATX-30 dual start lithium batter in my 2008 SG, and have a 124" motor. The bike starts instantly with the higher amperage lithium battery. The reason this one is called a dual start is because if you run it down, for what ever reason. You can press the button on top of the battery to restore enough charge from a reserve inside the battery. 

    These are pricey, $399 here in the states. I imagine a lot more expensive in OZ. 

    You'll read on their web site that the re-start battery fits HD models. Then later you'll read they don't recommend it for large or modified motors. They're just cover their ass by saying that. Myself and everyone else that I know using this battery has them in a Twin Cam 124" bikes. 

    Also, your bike will charge the battery just fine. And you can use a standard battery charger to charge these, as long as you watch and don't let them cook. Then they will be damaged. Also they make specific tender style chargers that know when to shut off, and not keep floating the charge like lead acid style batteries tolerate. In reality you shouldn't need to watch it. They won't drain down unless you have some parasitic charge pulling from the battery. Or it's just been a very long time since it's been used. 

    They also just came out with a plug in switch to activate the re-start feature if you can't access the top of the battery easily. 





  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    yesterday
    Thanks Ohio, good info as always.

    Edit, $669-$979 in Oz.