After going through two motorcycle batteries and having the experience of having to push-start a fully loaded bike on several occasions, I have learned to never skimp in this department. A gel battery is a lot better than your standard acid filled cell battery. But this new technology is by far the best-built motorcycle (or for any power vehicle) battery money can buy.
BM Part# LFX14L5-BS12
Voltage: 12 Volt
Capacity: 14 Ah
Cold Cranking Amps: 210 CCA
Type: Lithium Iron
Warranty: 3-year factory direct
Weight 2.35 Pounds (1.07 kg.)
Dimensions: 5.28” x 3.15” x 6.30”
Pros: About 1/3 of the weight of conventional batteries, last from 2 to 4 times longer and is maintenance free.
Cons: Priced at about twice the cost of the conventional acid battery and is not recommended to be recharged with a standard charger.
Lithium Ion batteries from Shorai are manufactured through the fusion of light weight and power technologies. Shorai LFX14L5-BS12 has a weight of 2.35 pounds weight and provides a cold cranking amp of 210 CCA. The battery does not require you to change or modify your charging system. It is a drop-in replacement for the original and it comes with spacers that may be used during installation.
All batteries from Shorai are manufactured in a unique way and the LFX14L5-BS12 contains Shorai-proprietary Extreme-Rate Lithium Iron prismatic cells (chemistry LiFEPO4). These cells do not have any toxic lead or lethargic acid. The battery does not produce any explosive gasses during charge, compared to the conventional Lead-Acid batteries. The LFX14L5-BS12 lithium battery is extremely lightweight, unlike the traditional lead batteries. Its rate of self-discharge is very low and does not sulfate-making it friendly to the environment.
Charging the Battery
The LFX14L5-BS12 model can be charged through the use of Lead-Acid battery chargers and even charger/tenders. The only exception is when you have a charger/tender, which contains an automatic desulfation mode that cannot be switched off. Additionally, Battery Tenders from Deltran can be used to charge the LFX14L5-BS12 model since they do not contain a desulfation mode.
The battery can hold the charge for more than one year without the need for maintenance. The LFX14L5-BS12 model has between two and four times the normal service life of conventional lead-acid batteries.
The battery comes with stickers and a user manual to guide you through the installation process. It can be used in a number of motor machines that include street-touring-motorcycles, street-sport-motorcycles, street-cruiser-motorcycles, all-terrain-vehicles, off-road-motorcycles, street-motor-scooters, marine-personal-craft, as well as utility vehicles.
The installation process is very simple and fast. The terminals contain a threaded nut that is built-in. you don’t have to keep fumbling when installing it. Since the battery is lightweight and smaller in size, the spacers can be used to fill in the gap left during replacement of the conventional lead-acid battery. The LFX14L5-BS12 model can be mounted in any position because it does not contain any liquid.
This battery can be used to replace several popular models of batteries. These include SYB14L-B2, YB12AL-A, 12N14-3A, SYB14L-A2, YB12AL-A2, YB14L-B2, YB14L-A1, YB14L-A2, and YTX14AHL-BS. Therefore, regardless of whether you are using a motorcycle, jetski or a snowmobile, the LFX14L5-BS12 battery works for you.
This is the ultimate battery that gets rid of a few pounds of your motorcycle (8.7 lbs. to be exact!) hence saving on fuel. Although small in size, it still gives you an extra charge to boost your motorcycle when riding for your personal use or racing events. You don’t have to worry anymore about leakages since it does not contain any liquid. Considering the warranty, the weight and the reputation of lasting three times as long, the price is well worth it.