Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
New battery for Beryl Beemer
Ahhh how mundane this is going to be you all say....welllllllllllllllll
After having a zapp from the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to get over Beryl's biological parent's replacement battery at a cost of $369 I thought I may spend some time trying to see if I could get an alternative organ donor.
Beryl, over the past winter has been starting to send me signs that her life support system was needing to be replaced.
Beryl was on her third pacemaker, which I bought on 08 Mar 2005 for $159, being a genuine replacement maintenance free unit. Got sick of the wet cell systems, having to check electrolyte each month. So that one has lasted 4.5 years at $159, which equates to $2.94/month. Hmmm seems reasonable.
ok, time to find an alternate donor.
Phoned Yuasa help desk, who gave me a local supplier in Top Ryde, called Battery World. They stocked a wet cell unit 51913 for $159...Same cost as installed unit but wet cell, nahhhh what else do you have, they could get an Odessy high cranking unit 24a/h for $345....huh?????, or a Pulse unit (installed in small chinese cars) for $255...hmmmmmm still expensive.
Shane T in Rocky had already done some leg work in finding an alternate supplier called Ritar for his K12LT and only paid $85, but was specific for Queensland (slightly demented Aussy state to the north of the real world for those outside of the Aussy coastline).....
Eventually found a supplier here in Sydney, but out at Penrith (Sydney outer suburb 45kms away from home). He was waiting on stock to arrive but could get a "Fullriver AGM" 20a/h maintenance free sealed unit for $100. Wooohoooooo this sounds better.
Discovered that there is also a supplier much closer to home (10kms) that gets a delivery from the Penrith company each day...wayyyyyyyyyy better.
Okkkkkkkkkkkkk yeahhhh ........getting tired writing all this stuff....
The company is called Alco Batteries, Penrith if you live out that way addy is 15-17 David Road, ph 4722 2588.
The closer Alco Battery to me is at 8 Robert Street Holroyd ph 9637 1544 guys name here is Dominic. Extremely helpful. Dominic also contacted the Port Macquarie depot as I was planning to ride to Port Mac on the weekend to get my watch fixed. Port Mac depot at 5 Jindalee Road, ph 6581 4455 (Robert or Michael)....and the best thing is that Dominic gave me a price of $75 for a sealed maint free Ritar 20a/h battery, which has a 12 month warranty.
Working back to the cost per month scenario, this Ritar would need to last 25.5 months (at 2005 prices), or at todays prices 10.9 months.
The battery is the same dimensions at the BMW version, same battery post config, it does have some plastic sleeving around the posts, which you need to slip off, and the overall battery post cover needs amending, but for $75.....????????????
If you are not in the areas I have listed, call Dominic who will i am sure help you to find a closest supplier. Dominic will also need to phone through to your local supplier to say the cost he has advised you of should the local depot price be higher.....
Hope this helps those that do not have an AED close by...
19XX BSA 125cc "racing" Bantam
1950 Sunbeam 500cc S7 Combo
19XX Royal Enfield 500 J2 combo
19XX BSA 500cc single B33
1960 Triumph 650cc Tiger 110
1970 Honda 750cc four K1
1975 Triumph Trident 750 triple
1978 XS1100E 1100cc "The Tardis" (ret)
1999 K1200LT "Beryl Beemer"
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