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post #1 of 4 Old Feb 12th, 2011, 8:55 am Thread Starter
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Question power consumption & batterys

my battery still works ok but is coming up on five years old.with the lt,s large # of accessories and high output alternator what kind of battery should i be looking at
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post #2 of 4 Old Feb 12th, 2011, 9:17 am
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Re: power consumption & batterys

i am on my second westco battery and i am very staisfied. beemerboneyard sells this. a lot of guys like the odessey, also a very good battery
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post #3 of 4 Old Feb 12th, 2011, 9:28 am
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Re: power consumption & batterys

My preference was always an AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery. I do NOT like the Gel batteries. AGM batteries are sealed, maintenance free batteries, will hold charge for a LONG time just sitting with no load (The LT does put a little load on the battery when just sitting though), and best of all, does not need a special charger like the Gel batteries do. It will work fine with a standard lead acid battery charger (if you use one).

My bikes never sat long enough to ever need a charger.

AGM batteries are made by Odyssey (what I used), Westco, and I think the Panasonic is AGM. Check before you buy. Odyssey has become very proud of their batteries though, considerably more expensive now than when I was using them.

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post #4 of 4 Old Feb 13th, 2011, 3:48 pm
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Re: power consumption & batterys

After 6+ years, I just purchased a new Panasonic battery from Polar Batteries on Boundary Rd (Vancouver/Burnaby). Fits perfect but you need a negative side extension so the cable from the bike can screw into it. Ask them for one. They gave me one when I showed them what I needed. Polar Batteries is on the Burnaby side of Boundary just three or four blocks North of 1st Avenue. It cost me $68.00. BMW wanted $272.

Try them out or maybe you have a battery store closer to you.

Good luck!

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