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post #1 of 27 Old 06-16-2017, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Can anyone recommend light weight battery?

I have a 2016 ZX10R ABS and want to put a light weight battery in my bike. I'm thinking Lithium. Has anyone installed one you can recommend? I also have an alarm and LED lights. The LED lights draw very very little so I'm not worried about them but I have to have a battery that can handle the drain from the alarm.
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I've been on a search as well, just haven't decided. Right now the Ballistic Performance Evo3 lightweight Li-Ion battery is top of my list from the positives I read on it (reviews) and its weight comparisons to the competition weighing in at 1.8lbs and OEM fitment.
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I have a three year old Shorai that works very well....However...

My bike is dead when I shut the key off. No current draw.

These batteries are awesome. I dont suspect there is much difference in any of them.

What they say you cant do is ever let them run completely flat. That could be a problem, in your situation if you parked your bike, and left it for.....

And thats the issue.

Not sure how long you could go with that alarm drawing juice from the battery before it ran so low it became a problem.

If you were to get the battery, and the companies charger, that should work well. The alarm can do its thing, and drain the battery, but as soon as it runs low enough, the charger kicks in and tops up the battery.

I chose the shorai for two reasons. One, it comes in a nice, heavy duty , plastic box. Its easy to mount in a battery box.

Two, there was not as many to choose from, back then.

The shorai brand has an optional charger that would work well for what you are doing. Also, it hooks up and balances the individual cells of the pack.

I imagine they all have this feature, but back then, it was harder to find.
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Shorai seems like a good company.

I would install a quick connect battery tender for the battery and connect it only if I didn't ride it for 4 days or more. That should take care of the drain issue. I know I have to get a special charger too for battery specific type.
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Ive had a Anti-Gravity in my 636 for about 4 years now and its been a great little battery. I hate to say it but i never put it on a charger - i really need to get one soon! But even still, it starts up every time even after sitting for 6-7 months in winter. Plan on getting one for the 10R soon.

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I've been using these Battery Tender batteries for about the last 4 years and haven't had any issues with them. Have one in each of the '08 ZX6Rs, the '14 ZX10R, and the '16 ZX10R. I run the 120 which I would say is the minimum you would want to run. m

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I really like my Antigravity battery and really can't beat the price either:

SC-1 XPS model is my perference

I also run the quick disconnect kit (link below) so it makes it easy to unplug it when I have to work on the bike

I think Amazon has better pricing too.
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ABS bikes need different batteries than non abs bikes... take that into account.

never had a lightweight battery, since I get batteries for 50usd.

but never heard a bad thing about the shorai.
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I have a Shorai. Bought it a while back from Mike at Riders Discount. Bought the Battery Tender Jr for lithium batteries along with it. Been great. Zero issues and super light.

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