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Old 12-16-2015, 04:15 AM
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tiny battery

I ordered a battery for my XS11 from Amazon. I entered the year and model and there was one for $25. I ordered it and when it arrived find it looks like a toy battery. Dimensions are 4" high, 4 3/8" wide and 2 3/8" deep. So I went back and checked dimensions of other batteries and they're huge compared to this tiny one. I have not yet removed the old battery to compare. But before I do, anyone know about this battery? Brand is EBC CTZ72.
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:08 AM
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It sounds suspect. Do you have a link to the product on Amazon? A search for CTZ72 doesn't bring up any results anywhere for that model number on Amazon or otherwise.

Whats the CCA and amp-hour (Ah) rating? The AGM batteries I use are around $100 and are rated for 350 CCA and 21 Ah. You seem to get the level of quality-control you pay for, not to say you should overpay

As far as I'm aware, the only way these batteries can really have smaller dimensions and provide the necessary output is by changing the technology to something other than lead-acid, but with that the price goes up significantly.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:25 AM
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Lithium ion batteries are small and lightweight,,,,,but expensive.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:42 AM
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Lithium Ion batteries require a very controlled charge system and though the technology is progressing you have to look at history. Then ask yourself am I the one, the one it goes boom with. I like the battery in several applications but I'd not stick a 25 dollar bomb between my legs. I use the AGM mainly because I need the CCA power and I have seen a cheap lithium battery blow in a drill and I don't like it.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:47 PM
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It sounds suspect. Do you have a link to the product on Amazon? A search for CTZ72 doesn't bring up any results anywhere for that model number on Amazon or otherwise.

Whats the CCA and amp-hour (Ah) rating? The AGM batteries I use are around $100 and are rated for 350 CCA and 21 Ah. You seem to get the level of quality-control you pay for, not to say you should overpay

As far as I'm aware, the only way these batteries can really have smaller dimensions and provide the necessary output is by changing the technology to something other than lead-acid, but with that the price goes up significantly.
Here it is:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o09_s00
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:10 PM
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That is a 6Amp battery you need a 17 amp battery or larger there is the difference. If your engine is weak it may start the bike but may not handle lights etc for a long period of time. This is not the battery you need and I would not go far on one that size even if you get the bike started. It would not turn mine over the first time.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:29 PM
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Hi Eddie,
As usual when it sounds too good to be true...it is not good.
While some have experimented with the newer technology available for batteries most of us are still using lead acid batteries. The bike is 35 years old just give it what it's always had I have had reasonable service (3 years) from Wall Mart batteries but they can be a bit hit or miss.
NAPA or similar. will have one. If you have to add the acid yourself at least you know when it was done and done right. Be sure to read the FIRST TIME charging instructions as this has a huge influence on the life of the battery.
You will need a 2 amp charger.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:34 PM
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On the bright side, it shows shipped and sold by Amazon. Chances are if you contact them and complain that it was recommended for your application, Amazon will likely just refund and not ask for it back.
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:50 PM
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On the bright side, it shows shipped and sold by Amazon. Chances are if you contact them and complain that it was recommended for your application, Amazon will likely just refund and not ask for it back.
"05:41 PM PST Amazon: As I can see this item is not returnable so in this case you can keep the item with you and I am crediting you full refund for this item."

"05:43 PM PST Amazon: Refund issued successfully to your credit card."

Thanks Pro. As you can see, this is a reason why I shop at Amazon. Now going back and ordering the correct size. Gonna be more, I know, but happy to know that it will be the right battery. Thanks everyone, for all your comments.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:00 PM
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Ron says go with AGM, Phil, with lead acid. I've decided to go with this AGM battery. Reg. $90.00, on sale for $65, less my $29 credit for the tiny one = $36. And it has 21amp service. I'm a happy camper now.
Thanks again
EL

ps, hey Ron, went to your photobucket album to check out your bike. That is one nice looking bike!
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:03 PM
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I get my AGM batteries from Batterystuff.com. If you're looking for traditional wet-cell batteries that are a little cheaper, I've only ever picked them up locally. I feel I've easily gotten my money's worth out of AGM, but as you could guess there's a bit of differing opinions about them.

http://www.batterystuff.com/powerspo...TX24HL-BS.html

What I don't like about marketplaces like Amazon for "universal" parts like this is that every foreign and domestic reseller can stick their label on their own model of an unknown manufacturer's part and sell it saying it's compatible. It's hard to weed out what's actually good from the masses of available parts.
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:20 PM
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Lithium Ion batteries require a very controlled charge system and though the technology is progressing you have to look at history. Then ask yourself am I the one, the one it goes boom with. I like the battery in several applications but I'd not stick a 25 dollar bomb between my legs. I use the AGM mainly because I need the CCA power and I have seen a cheap lithium battery blow in a drill and I don't like it.
Some may remember a member here some yrs. back in Montana that almost melted his crotch-rocket to the ground using a lithium-ion battey.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:56 AM
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I have an AGM battery...maintenence free...I like that...never need to add fluids... and Yes to buying through Amazon...great customer support...
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:34 AM
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Lithium

I've had a lithium battery in my XjR1300 for two years now. It is small, weighs 900g instead of 4.5kg like the lead acid one, and it's given no trouble whatsoever. I've never had to charge it up and, although it's very small, about 1/3 the size of oem, it never fails to start the engine. However, it was very expensive. The link you posted is for a small lead acid battery which is far too small for the bike in terms of amps...
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:41 AM
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For automotive and power tools, the Lithium technology is usually LiFePo4 rather than Li-ion. LiFePo4 are the kind considered safe compared to the Li-ion you always hear about catching fire, bursting, etc.

http://www.batterystuff.com/kb/artic...-overview.html

If you've ever heard of A123 cells, those are a brand of LiFePo4 cell and revolutionized battery powered tools.
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