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Question New MF battery--???

Well before too long I am going to replace my 3yr old Orig. battery, and will go the MF route, so my question is...
Which MF battery is the best and or with the most CCAs, I always did like to use the strongest batteries I could get in my cars, trucks, mowers & whatever... I see the Big Crank ETX15L advertised @ $71.17 with shipping to my zip code, is that a good one at a good price and the right one...?????
Need a bit of help on the cycle battery as I have never bought a MF cycle battery...TIA
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Well before too long I am going to replace my 3yr old Orig. battery, and will go the MF route, so my question is...
Which MF battery is the best and or with the most CCAs, I always did like to use the strongest batteries I could get in my cars, trucks, mowers & whatever... I see the Big Crank ETX15L advertised @ $71.17 with shipping to my zip code, is that a good one at a good price and the right one...?????
Need a bit of help on the cycle battery as I have never bought a MF cycle battery...TIA
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That is a great battery, you will be very happy with it.


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I worked at advance auto and bought a sealed battery there...its on its second year...no problems...dont have to screw with filling or charging...its ready to go and was only 65 retail price. My bike sat in a unheated garage all winter and fired up with no problems...
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It seems by the every present battery threads that the concesus on this forum is clear. Buy a modern, high quality AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) maintenance free battery and you will be a very happy rider. Expect to pay $70-ish, which is a good investment considering you never have to worry about starting power again.

I found a Yuasa YTX14AHL-BS (another good name in batteries) locally for $65, freshly mixed and sealed on site, but not fully charged and I don't own a charger. So, I spent 10 minutes on the Internet and got it for $80 delivered and fully charged. Now I'm one of those happy riders!


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I see the Big Crank ETX15L advertised @ $71.17 with shipping to my zip code, is that a good one at a good price and the right one...?????
I bought here: http://xrl.us/beipab $57.95


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It seems by the every present battery threads that the concesus on this forum is clear. Buy a modern, high quality AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) maintenance free battery and you will be a very happy rider. Expect to pay $70-ish, which is a good investment considering you never have to worry about starting power again.

I found a Yuasa YTX14AHL-BS (another good name in batteries) locally for $65, freshly mixed and sealed on site, but not fully charged and I don't own a charger. So, I spent 10 minutes on the Internet and got it for $80 delivered and fully charged. Now I'm one of those happy riders!
FWIW, I would have bought the $65 local battery and picked up a small charger or tender for $30-40 and charged it myself. I`ve had a little 2-4 amp self regulating charger, with a gauge, for close to 35 years. It has saved the day many times when my auto battery was weak and probably wouldn`t have cranked the beast over on a cold Alberta morning to go to work. Just having it to put on overnight saved me a lot of trouble, until I could put a new battery in. If you have a charger, you don`t worry about running the battery down so much when doing repairs, etc., if you are constantly trying to start it, as you have the means at hand, and don`t have to take it to a garage to be recharged.

I guess what it boils down to, is that having the charger, and other tools, makes me feel a sense of independance and self sufficiency.

However if the $80 battery makes you a happy rider, more power to ya. Enjoy the ride.

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AGM...thats what I was trying to remember...great battery
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FWIW, I would have bought the $65 local battery and picked up a small charger or tender for $30-40 and charged it myself. I`ve had a little 2-4 amp self regulating charger, with a gauge, for close to 35 years. It has saved the day many times when my auto battery was weak and probably wouldn`t have cranked the beast over on a cold Alberta morning to go to work. Just having it to put on overnight saved me a lot of trouble, until I could put a new battery in. If you have a charger, you don`t worry about running the battery down so much when doing repairs, etc., if you are constantly trying to start it, as you have the means at hand, and don`t have to take it to a garage to be recharged.

I guess what it boils down to, is that having the charger, and other tools, makes me feel a sense of independance and self sufficiency.

However if the $80 battery makes you a happy rider, more power to ya. Enjoy the ride.
Sorry, I should have added that I moved from a house with 2 bay garage (outside of Boston, MA), where I did all my own auto/mechanical maintenance to an apartment building (in Portland, OR). My wife and I downsided and as part of that I sold all my shop equipment. Now my vehicles are parked in an underground garage complex where working on them and access to electrical outlet is not possible. So, I would have to remove the battery and haul it up to my apartment every time I wanted to apply the charger. Therefore, a top quality battery, in my situation, becomes a necessity.

By the way the Yuasa AGM battery will self charge to about 60%-70% power level when first mixed, without any external input. I'm sure other AGM's self charging characteristics are similar. So, I could have purchased the fresh mixed battery, let it self charge, prayed that it starts the bike (or jumped it using the old battery) and gone for a long ride to charge the new battery. However, the purpose of buying a new AGM battery was to reduce the load on the charging system, not introduce it (even for a short while).


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I bought here: http://xrl.us/beipab $57.95
Yep, Hiker thats the place I was speaking of, $57.95+$13.22 shippingto 37398 zip = $71.17...
That will probably be where I get mine also...
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