Battery life expectancy.....

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  1. IROQUOIS

    IROQUOIS Silver Member

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    I'm going on my fourth riding season with the original battery on my 2016 Springfield. This is directed at 2014, 15 and 16 bike owners for the most part.
    What have you guys experienced with battery life?
    Seems to be strong as of now.
     
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    I heard Indian had a bad run on some batteries. I keep mine on a tender hoping to get extended life out of it. Have heard some lasting less that 2 years. Whats a good replacement?











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    IROQUOIS Silver Member

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    I've doubled that at least.
     
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    Perhaps, it would be a good time to remove the battery and have it load tested at your local automotive parts counter. Around here Napa and AutoZone will test for free. You don't want to be the guy stranded on the side of the road, what a pain that would be.
     
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    IROQUOIS Silver Member

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    Good point...both parts stores are near.
     
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    This was my Replacement and Quite Happy with it well over a Year Later ..





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    I got three years out of my stock battery, two years so far on the replacement.
     
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    I change my battery every 2 years. Went to an agm.
     
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    Aren't all of stock Indian batteries AGM? Perhaps, I was misinformed.
     
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    No. They come with lead acid batteries from factory. At least my Springfield did. The factory will always go with the least expensive. Mine lasted 2 years before started losing power. Now, I bought an agm for my shovelhead. It lasted 3 years and I barely rode it.
     
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    My bike was delivered on 4/15/15. I'm still on the original battery and headlight.
     
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    My original lasted 3 on a tender, and damn those things are small!
     
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    Two years for me.
     
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    You know you're supposed to take it out for a ride every so often?,.....Yeah????:oops::rolleyes:o_O:confused::cool::p;)
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    My new (ish) 2014 Scout is still on the original Battery BUT I have noticed that first start up every morning with Winter coming on down here ( Burtland ) it is getting sluggish. That's a warning bell for me but luckily I have a new battery on the tender ready and waiting for it's call up for duty.
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    Battery life will vary greatly due to things like how many months a yr the bike sits in winter, how many short trips you do where the battery may not be fully recovered from the starting drain, engine tune that requires more starting effort, but perhaps most importantly, how the battery is cared for.
    I recently heard about smart chargers that have desulfator. I hadn't heard of that/them, so I googled.
    The reviews say they're esp. good for batts that are unused seasonally; bikes, boats, pwc, golf carts, classic cars... Multiple reviews say they double the life of the battery!
    A couple even said they 'bring back' weak batteries!
    Google shows there are a few of these chargers on the market.
    I got this one: BatteryMINDer® Plus Charger Model 12117: 12V 1.33 AMP Charger-Maintainer-Desulfator
    It "automatically dissolves harmful power-robbing sulfation using safe, low voltage, patented, high-frequency pulse technology".
    It has a temp. sensor and adjusts the output for hot and cold.
    It goes into 'maintenance mode' when the batt is fully charged, and the charge LED blinks to show you.
    5 yr warranty; 1 yr 100% money back, 4 yr repair or replace (you pay to ship it to them).
    It's about the same size as my battery tender jr.
    It's only $25 at Northern Tool.
    It's $25 on Amazon, but has $7 shipping. I don't know what Northern Tool shipping is as I'm in a good size city with a Northern Tool store.

    BTW, I heard on another forum that https://www.batterysharks.com is a great place to buy batteries. Their prices are great!
     
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    My first couple of batteries only got about 2 years each on them. I believe part of that was due to the cheap Harbor Freight tenders I was using. Don't get me wrong, I have used them for years and they do work but I had a couple of batteries on these tenders this year that did not hold up. I did a voltage check on the tender and one was only at 9 volts and the other at 11. They should be at 14 volts minimum to keep the battery topped off. I threw both of them in the trash and I now use a battery tender jr on the bike and now have a Energizer AGM battery for the bike. We will see how long this one holds up. Dean
     
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    I am still on my original battery, and haven't had any issues whatsoever yet. I ride mine often, and it very rarely goes more than a few days at a time without at least an hour ride. I have a battery jr tender that i honestly don't use unless it is going to get very cold for an extended amount of time. My garage is insulated, so it stays fairly warm most of time. I may have just been lucky. I do listen closely when I start it so that I will know when it starts to sound weak or drag some. When it does that, it will get a new battery for sure.
     
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    Had a 17 RM I traded for my present 18. Had just put in a new Wicked Start battery in the 17 beforthe trade because the original battery in the 17 crapped out with 850 miles on the bike. I had the dealer swap the batteries because the 18 was a floor model that had been there close to a year. Heard good things about the Wicked Start battery. Has more CCA's than original. Seems to fire off easier.
     
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    Things are beginning to happen battery-wise I reckon,........have had two instances in recent days where the Scout WILL NOT START if in gear,.....It sounds like the battery is 90% flat and barely moves the motor,....BUT!,....as soon as I pull it into neutral and hit the starter again? Brrrrrmmmm!!!!!,......Sounds as good as new and bursts into life,........but yeah,....I think that spare battery will be going in soon,....
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