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maintenence free battery to acid

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:39 pm
by wonderjana
I'm replacing my battery for the first time and the original for the bike is maintenence free. The parts dept. at motorcycle shop sold me a standard (acid) battery and said that was what was listed for my bike, (hyosung gv250 aquila). I am dying to charge it so I can ride tomorrow, but need to know if you can interchange these two types of batteries?

Thanks in advance
wonderjana

Re: maintenence free battery to acid

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:52 am
by mgdavis
Yep, 12v is 12v.

Re: maintenence free battery to acid

Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:43 pm
by totalmotorcycle
A maintenance free batter is generally a "gel" battery, you never need to open the cells and check the fluid levels of each chamber. The one you got, you'll have to do that with. BOTH work the same, the non-maintenance free ones are more money and less hassle.

The "gel" battery is the next step in battery technology, the other the good ol' standby.

If you stick with the acid one, get yourself

- a bottle of deionized water
- eye protection (lab goggles)
- rubber gloves
- small flashlight
- eye dropper (or straw)
- paper towels, screw driver, work bench, etc

You'll need to check the levels of each cell every year by removing the battery and using a small flashlight shine it from the back of the battery threw the battery and see where they are. If low you'll unscrew each cell cap and top up each cell with deionized water as needed.

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OR forget all the work and get yourself a maintenance free battery.

Mike

Re: maintenence free battery to acid

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:56 am
by wonderjana
Thanks for the help on this one! It rained like crazy yesterday so couldn't take her out anyway, now I'm just gonna charge her up and learn to check the levels once a year!

Re: maintenence free battery to acid

Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:44 pm
by erbgottie
Also, GEL batteries (spill free) can be put in sideways or at awkward angles , the one on my RC is put in tilted a bit. A lot of people will relocate their batteries with a gel one since it can be put in different ways.

Re: maintenence free battery to acid

Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:58 pm
by PeterTrocewicz
Did they look it up in an aftermarket catalogue? It is not unknown for those to contain errors. However, as long as it sits properly in the battery holder, the amp/hour rating is the same and the posts are in the same spot so that the cables hook up properly, it will work.this type of battery does need to set upright, or acid will trickle out.