- Please leave this here for a while so that everyone will see it, a lot of time when into compiling this info and it will get lost in the "battery" section!
Well, since my 2nd
Odyssey PC680 left me rideless on a fine Christmas Day I decided to do some shopping for a new battery - and thought I would share some current pricing and resources. I did this based soley on price and specifications called for in the repair manual. Discussions of which battery is "best"
has been covered many times before in many threads, and like oil, everyone has their favorite.
It's a battery, not a chunk of gold. About $120.00, or more.
I've given up on this battery and have tried hard to like them for the past several years - but it just did not work well for me. Sure, they have a flashy red case and marketing hype to go with it, but at only 16ah instead of the specified 19ah for our LT's it ain't gonna happen again. The prices seem to be hovering around $100.00 or more currently.
This one is 20ah so it fits the bill and a solid brand. The least expensive price I found was at "U batteries" for $53.19 - BUT - it appears their web site is not working properly - even on Christmas you would think it would be functional....
* This is the same battery as the WestCo 12V 20P
, (WestCo slaps their sticker on it) but it appears that since the WestCo is "specifically"
for motorcycles they feel compelled to charge a MUCH
higher price for it. More marketing hype.
Werker WKA 12-18NB
At 18ah it should werk
, and it is made by Exide in the USA. This is carried by Batteries Plus but I've found their prices are ALWAYS high, either at the store or on the web. A big plus is that it comes with a 2 year warranty. Best price I found was $42.95 at www.replacementupsbattery.com/Product_pages/wka12-18NB.html
Universal Battery UB 12180
18ah, but right on the cover it says made in China, and at only $33.92 a smoking bargain, but I figure it probably WOULD be smoking in short time... You pays your money and you takes your chances. Not for me.
18ah, a respected brand that I've had good luck with over the years. It's probably made in China
instead of Japan these days, hopefully in an ISO Certified facility. I found it for $24.99 on Flea bay, item no. 220166181378 from a 99.7% supplier. Ding, Ding,
a winner! Add $9.50 Priority Mail shipping and it has a new home for the grand total of $34.49. Maybe in time for a New Years Day ride!
Almost all of the batteries had a shipping charge of $10.00, but I didn't spend much time looking at that. Freshness is an important consideration when buying batteries - and you are probably more likely to get a newer one from the big suppliers, but unfortunately there is no way to tell in advance. I sure do wish they were required to put a date on them that was not buried in some arcane manufacturer's "code."
I did find several other brands that I had never heard of before - and they were dirt cheap - they were probably just rebranded Chinese stuff like the UB mentioned above - they looked
My take on batteries is that proper care and charging routines are critically important in gettting max life from them, once again fodder for another thread.
May all your Christmases be BRIGHT!