Batteries

Discussion in 'Bonneville' started by Malcolm Woods, Oct 8, 2019 at 4:48 PM.

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  1. Malcolm Woods

    Malcolm Woods Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2019
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    Hear we go again I hear you say, well us ol Norfolk boys can't help it. My new to me 2011 T100 is great except on a few occasions when the starter button is pressed she can be a bit hesitant despite the battery connected to a Optimate, So I thought to myself she's perfect in every way, she can have a new battery.
    Now the confusion, the main agent wants to sell be a battery £72 he said but I cannot just go get it. No!! no he said we have to fill the new battery with acid and that takes a bit of time. what's your card details? wait wait.
    Lead acid battery, that's not normally sealed for life, have an accident, lead acid all over the place.
    That's the reason bike batteries are Gell these days and are sealed for life. I don't know, I can't believe the main agent is wrong either, Can anyone show me the way?
    Thanks for reading that epic.
    Mallywoods again.
     
  2. Callumity

    Callumity Elite Member

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  3. Tigcraft

    Tigcraft Not Well Known Member
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    Doesn’t really matter I have both and it’s what’s cheapest as they never last long. They both have problems in different ways. Haven’t had a acid battery that I recall spueing it’s guts out in a long time and always spend less than £30
     
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  4. JerryBB

    JerryBB Member

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    I think it is to do with new regulations because of acid attacks, where some lovely people have taken to using it as a weapon
     
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  5. Malcolm Woods

    Malcolm Woods Well-Known Member

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    I see what you mean didn't think of that.
     
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  6. Callumity

    Callumity Elite Member

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    ......although most ‘acid’ attacks are strong alkaline cleaning products freely available.
     
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  7. freck

    freck Noble Member
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    Just get yourself a Motobatt, the biggest Ah capacity one you can fit in the space on the bike. :grinning:
     
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  8. Eldon

    Eldon Noble Member

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    A lot if not all of the AGM, absorbed glass matting batteries, come dry from the manufacturer. Once received the acid is inserted and sealed with a fixed for life plastic plate.
    The liquid chemically combines to create a gel. Spillage in the event of later accident would be minimised due to this gel creation.

    Shelf life wouldn't come into it due to the shop's stock being held dry.

    I personally would accept what the dealer said when understanding the aforementioned detail. If youre happy with the product and price then purchase without worry :p
     
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  9. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Malcolm,

    Look on Ebay & aim to spend no more than £55 inc delivery.

    Motobatt are excellent but others with a similar CCA (cold cranking amps) are available for less money.
     
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  10. Kenbro

    Kenbro Well-Known Member
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    9024F7AE-36D3-4FD6-9392-3E2E8E00663C.png Might be worth looking more into this.
    Ken.
     
  11. Eldon

    Eldon Noble Member

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    Interesting points about lithium.
    I am quite a technical and cynical person so the fact that they offer so much especially the weight saving is great but what's the downside?
    A few less pork pies on my behalf would give me the same weight saving and at a significantly reduced cost :p
     
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  12. Malcolm Woods

    Malcolm Woods Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks for all the replies, I went to Halfords and got an original OEM and all is now good.
    However it has to be said that a relative simple post can come up with lots of opinions, and I learn from each one of them, so thank you all.
    I am sure I will come up with another topic soon, ( stop yawning )
    Mallwoods
     
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  13. Eldon

    Eldon Noble Member

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    Did you use the forum discount?
    I dont use it but I'm sure others could clarify the detail (subscriptions etc) if you weren't aware and wanted to in the future.
     
  14. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    The discount on batteries with a trade card is 20% Eldon.
    Trouble is, Halfords batteries are at least 40% more expensive than the same item in a.n.other auto-factors.

    Handy if you urgently need one at 7:55pm on a weekday evening? Otherwise, they are as much of a rip off as they normally are mate.
     
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  15. Eldon

    Eldon Noble Member

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    Thanks, we are both DD obviously in the same camp of companies adding 50% then in a sale or with discount take 30% (or so) off as the bargain of the century
    :rolleyes::worried:
     
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  16. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Eurocarparts is a PRIME example of that mate! :rolleyes:
     
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  17. Malcolm Woods

    Malcolm Woods Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I do have a Halfords trade card.
     
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  18. 45Brit2017

    45Brit2017 Well-Known Member

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    The Bonneville definitely suffers from inadequate battery capacity. My Sportsters have 20Ah batteries and are much the better for it, especially in terms of CCA.
     
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  19. Scoop!

    Scoop! New Member

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    Norfolk calling! 'A bit hesitant' do you mean that the engine turns over and doesn't fire or there is no starter motor activity? There will always be a delay in the start sequence until the ECU check is complete, the clue on my T100 is watching for when the fuel gauge illuminates, presumable the last item on the check list. Who remembers when we just had a key and a kick-start?
     
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