Increasingly popular as factory-fitment, particularly on dirt bikes, compact and light Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries are a popular choice for replacing lead acid batteries on road and track bikes too.
Considerably more expensive than the lead acid units they’re designed to replace, Li-ion batteries are particularly vulnerable to damage and failure if they’re not treated and maintained correctly.
OptiMate – battery charging experts and creators of a range of specific Lithium chargers – have produced a short video to explain four key facts about lithium batteries and how they differ from traditional lead acid units:
- They go flat quicker in a stored vehicle and need charging more frequently
- They deliver a higher voltage range
- They need a low current to recover safely, rather than a high current to start charging
- They need accurate charge control and suffer critical damage above 14.6V
See the video here: https://youtu.be/edM1KPThP4k