A 12V lead-acid motorcycle battery consists of a plastic case, six ‘cells’, and an electrolyte solution. Lead is the negative plate and lead-oxide is the positive plate. These ‘plates’ are immersed in a solution of sulphuric acid to provide the electrical current. The electrolyte is neutralised by a special chemical in the battery. As a result, the acid is completely neutralized and the cell remains fully functional.
Maintenance-free lead-acid batteries are generally sealed and do not require venting during normal use, but contain a safety vent in case of overcharging. ABSORBED GLASS MATS are common in motorcycle OEM applications today. The ABSORBED GLASS MATS absorb the acid while retaining the oxygen from the charging process. This allows the oxygen to recombine with the active material, forming water.
There are several types of motorcycle batteries. Understanding their characteristics can make choosing the right one easy. Wet cell batteries, also known as lead-acid batteries, are the most affordable. Gel cell batteries, on the other hand, are the most expensive, but they have many advantages. AGM and lithium-ion batteries are also the safest options. Lithium-ion batteries are the newest and most expensive types of batteries, but they may be difficult to find.
AGM and Gel motorcycle batteries are similar in design, and they both feature pressure-relief valves. Gel batteries are smaller than AGM and do not leak even in cracked cases. However, they are not compatible with older motorcycles. They may also take a long time to charge, and can be permanently damaged if overcharged. The battery also loses its charge in high-heat conditions. If the biker is looking for a battery that won’t leak, lithium-ion batteries are an excellent choice.
When buying a motorcycle battery, be sure to consider the CCA of the cell. It is essential that you get enough CCA to start the engine even in cold weather. However, some motorcycle batteries are better than others in this area. You should also consider the type of motorcycle battery that is right for your bike. AGM and Gel cell batteries are designed to deliver a high CCA, which is useful for cold starts. These batteries use fiberglass mats to hold the electrolyte solution.
AGM batteries are better for long trips, as they will last longer than lead-acid batteries. AGM batteries are lighter and will react to changes in voltage and temperature much better than traditional lead-acid batteries. Lithium batteries should be charged daily to keep them running at their best. Batteries Plus Bulbs carries a variety of battery chargers, maintainers, and more. If your motorcycle battery is already damaged, consider upgrading to a lithium battery.
A new motorcycle battery requires careful installation. Always check the specifications of a new battery online and use the appropriate bracket for your motorcycle. Don’t let the battery move around. Be sure to fit the positive terminals first. Fit the terminal cover tightly. Connect the vinyl exhaust tubes to the battery’s exhaust elbow. Be careful not to leak electrolyte into other components or on the rider’s leg. After ensuring that the battery is securely installed, you can start modifying your motorcycle and enjoying it.