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Old Jun 25th 2019, 06:17 PM   #1
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Li-Ion batteries,is it worth extra $

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Original battery on my Panigale 1299S is about to die shortly. I have to make a decision to buy new one or go for more expensive option:Li-Ion battery.
What do you guys think-is it worth extra $ for weight reduction?
I do not have charger for any of battery type so I believe that going forward Li-Ion battery it would be even more expensive investment compare to old style battery.
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Old Jun 25th 2019, 06:45 PM   #2
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Lithium batteries can be cheaper and you can leave it uncharged for months. Buying a stock battery is a waste unless you get it for damn near free. I have an earthX battery in mine. It was like $130. Works great. Even almost after 3 months of no use, started right up. No trickle charger.
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Old Jun 25th 2019, 09:35 PM   #3
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Lithium batteries can be cheaper and you can leave it uncharged for months. Even almost after 3 months of no use, started right up. No trickle charger.
That is the biggest pro for me. Mine came with a Skyrich lithium ion and trickle charger. I never use the charger though. Even after months of no use I would plug the charger into the bike and the LED light on the charger would immediately turn green. So now I don't worry about it. Totally worth it knowing it's going to start no problem. I have an EarthX on the Hyper and same thing. No charger needed.
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Old Jun 25th 2019, 09:36 PM   #4
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I've just replaced my stock battery with a Li-ion battery on my 2015 1299 stock as it died on me on the track (and nearly threw me off).

A major difference in weight and maintenance with a cost of 130 Euro. However, I needed to get a suitable charger for it as not all trickle chargers are the same.

In terms of 'weight reduction to cost benefit' - spending less on Chipotle and losing body fat into the bargain would be my preferred route (if it were a one to one swap and you didn't have a dead battery to replace).

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Old Jun 25th 2019, 10:03 PM   #5
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I have a Shorai in my R1M and my Lotus Exige S. My Lotus battery has been in use for over 4 years. If you're going to get a pricey battery, get the proper charger. The Shorai charger conditions the individual cells, and has charge and storage modes.

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Old Jun 26th 2019, 12:18 AM   #6
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it is also the cheapest weight gain!
A lot of guys buy expensive carbon parts, to gain a few grams, but keep the stock battery. If you are into dieting, this is a must
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Old Jun 26th 2019, 12:48 AM   #7
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I run them on all my bikes. Like the others said I have never used a trickle charger since I have had them.
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Old Jun 26th 2019, 01:11 AM   #8
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I run them on all my bikes. Like the others said I have never used a trickle charger since I have had them.
For bikes that is usually true. For a car, with parasitic losses, its better to have an intelligent charger with charge and storage modes.

I've completely drained my Shorai LFX36 battery at least 3 times (my fault) and the charger has brought the battery back to life.

Shorai has outstanding customer service. I called to ask some questions that weren't on their website, as I was looking to replace my Shorai battery that was way past the warranty period. Right as I about to hang up, the representative asked how old my battery was. I told him it was out of the warranty period and he asked me to fill out a warranty form anyway. He said he'd replace it with a new or refurbished battery, but wanted the old one back to do testing on it. Sure enough he sent me a refurbished battery that I couldn't tell wasn't new. Instead of the smaller battery I bought to save a few ounces, they replaced it with the larger-capacity more-expensive battery they recommended for my bike. A full compliment of adhesive-backed foam and a sticker too. I paid to ship the old one back to them and I didn't pay a penny for the refurbished battery they sent to me. That is truly great customer service, and I'll be a customer for life.

I recommended it to a friend, who has a C6 Corvette daily driver, and it has performed flawlessly for him for ~3 years.

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Is it worth it? shit yeah!

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Old Jun 26th 2019, 04:55 PM   #10
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Thanks guys for all feedback.
Which manufacturer/model should I go then for my Panigale 1299?Thanks
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