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Your motorcycle’s performance is largely related to the battery it’s running on, so understanding how to properly maintain it is paramount. In order to do this, you first need to know just what types of batteries exist for motorcycles, as well as what the differences are between them.

There are three main types of motorcycle batteries: Conventional, Maintenance Free, and Maintenance Free Dry Charge. Each is built differently with certain unique advantages and each is to be maintained in its own way.

Conventional Motorcycle Batteries- Conventional batteries are typically the least expensive of the group. However, there is a reason for that. These batteries require more attention than the others in the way of careful and constant maintenance. Due to the high operating temperature and the process of electrolysis and evaporation, they require regularly adding water and battery acid (electrolyte). Conventional batteries also discharge faster than maintenance free and maintenance free dry charge batteries.


Maintenance Free Motorcycle Batteries- The name pretty much says it all. Maintenance Free motorcycle batteries are just that- maintenance free. Whereas conventional batteries require constant care and adding water, maintenance free batteries are perfectly sealed so the acid can't escape. While the initial cost of maintenance free batteries is typically higher than that of conventional batteries, you will be saving yourself a lot of time and effort by using them.


Maintenance Free Dry Charge Motorcycle Batteries- Think of Maintenance Free Dry Charge batteries as a cousin to Maintenance Free batteries. The main difference here is that they require you to add battery acid before they can be used. Once the acid is filled, however, these batteries are completely maintenance free and spill-proof.


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Regardless of the motorcycle you ride, it is essential to know the type of battery you want and the duration of the charge. Three types of batteries are lead-acid, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), and lithium-ion.
 

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Regardless of the motorcycle you ride, it is essential to know the type of battery you want and the duration of the charge. Three types of batteries are lead-acid, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), and lithium-ion.
Li-ion is rapidly being superseded with Li-Iron or LFP batteries. LFP is still a Li-ion but without cobalt or nickel, so they should become less expensive. They also have a longer in service lifespan. LFP is more adaptable to charging systems used on motor vehicles equipped with lead acid batteries, and it has a much lower incidence of catching fire in automotive applications because of that.

The down side is that they hold their base voltage across a wide range of charge. So in automotive use the volt meter no long is a good indication of state of charge. A 60% charged Li-Iron battery will have the same static voltage as a 100% charged battery. And this make it incompatible with some chargers that rely on voltage to control rate of charge.
 
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