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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2018, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow AGM Battery Deal

$41.88 for a VN750 battery. https://www.bigtimebattery.com/store...batteries.html Punch VN750 into the search window.

Time will tell, since I've only had the battery on my atv for a month. The warranty is a lot longer than the one year you get with most batteries, at half the price.

This is the one I put on the atv, it starts QUICK. https://www.sears.com/powerstar-ps14...FVk5TwodHe0OcQ

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That certainly seems like a good deal. I paid around $100 with tax for mine, at AutoZone. Mine had only a three-month warranty, and actually went bad a month later and was replaced (the guy at the store said he had never seen one go bad before. Take that however you want).

This seems to be the same as this Yuasa, sold by Amazon: http://a.co/d/aIdH0KM -- but at half the price or so.

Spockster, did this come ready to ride? Or did you have to put in the electrolytes? Oh wait... you didn't buy this one, right? You bought the one from Sears, but are pointing out the deal you saw on the other one?

Speaking of deals, I also found these (looks like the same basic model underneath), though they look a little too good to be true:

https://www.batterysharks.com/Yuasa-...MaAqN0EALw_wcB

https://www.apexbattery.com/intersta...YaAjQsEALw_wcB

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^ Noticed that apex battery had caps for cells, so not sure it's an AGM.
I've seen imported "replacements" for cheap, but also heard of problems with them....like terminals breaking off, and the battery only lasting a month.
So, to some extent I think you get what you pay for here, and I try to stick with well known names, but there seem to be more companies on the market these days.
80 bucks for a battery that likely will last five years works out to less than $20 a year.

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Yeah, I noticed the caps also, so I double checked the description to make sure they are describing an AGM. It’s probably not worth the risk on that particular one, or the other super cheap one. The battery that Spockster posted does look like a good deal, but I continue to wonder if you have to add the electrolyte yourself.

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Yeah, I noticed the caps also, so I double checked the description to make sure they are describing an AGM. Itís probably not worth the risk on that particular one, or the other super cheap one. The battery that Spockster posted does look like a good deal, but I continue to wonder if you have to add the electrolyte yourself.
I didn't add electrolyte to the PowerStar just purchased, and I don't recall it having caps, but I'll look today. It had 12.7v out of the box.

Didn't check the cart to see if Big Time charges shipping, the deal through Sears was free shipping and it was delivered in about 3 days..

In Nov. 2012, I paid $80 with a discount at Advance Auto for the Magnapower on my 750, it's still going.

As I said, it's a bit early to judge, but the Honda will be hitting the trails soon. Shoulda seen how wasted the starter was, the brushes were pointy nubs, and the armature was worn in a U-shape. Don't even hear it roll over now, just touch the button and it's idling. I suppose cleaning the carb three times, replacing the starter, and a new battery will do that.

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I didn't add electrolyte to the PowerStar just purchased, and I don't recall it having caps, but I'll look today. It had 12.7v out of the box.

Didn't check the cart to see if Big Time charges shipping, the deal through Sears was free shipping and it was delivered in about 3 days..

In Nov. 2012, I paid $80 with a discount at Advance Auto for the Magnapower on my 750, it's still going.

As I said, it's a bit early to judge, but the Honda will be hitting the trails soon. Shoulda seen how wasted the starter was, the brushes were pointy nubs, and the armature was worn in a U-shape. Don't even hear it roll over now, just touch the button and it's idling. I suppose cleaning the carb three times, replacing the starter, and a new battery will do that.
If it was mailed to you and you didn't add acid it is a sealed battery as they can't ship a wet cell full of acid,as it would spill during shipping,so my bet is it's an AGM

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If it was mailed to you and you didn't add acid it is a sealed battery as they can't ship a wet cell full of acid,as it would spill during shipping,so my bet is it's an AGM

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Yeah, they're described as AGM on the pages, not sure if it's printed on the battery, but I'll look. There's no vent either.

I guess the one downer is the bolts for the cables, I like the captive nut type, these just have a nut/bolt and you have to fidget with it to get them threaded. But the lead cages on the batt. terminals are identical to the Magnapower on my bike.

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I'm cheap, but not when it comes to batteries, especially when the vehicle won't run without a good one. My experience with AGM batteries is when they die, they die fast and hard without warning, unlike wet cells that die slowly, providing plenty of warning. I hate being stuck on the side of the road waiting for AAA and also hate being forced to buy something (anything) immediately at full price due to a failure. Yuasa batteries usually last about 7 years, but that last year can be a gamble. So, I always purchase a Yuasa and replace it every 6 years (from the date of the initial fill and charge), regardless of condition (same for my cars). Replacing the battery when it is near end of life, but not dead, allows me to wait (I'm also lazy) for battery sales and promotions. I can usually find a genuine Yuasa battery (shipped dry with electrolyte) for $60-$70 delivered. I fill, charge, and date the battery myself, then make a note in my maintenance log to replace it in 6 years. Near the 6 year mark I start looking for sales and deals. January seems like the best time to buy batteries. I paid $65 for the current Yuasa battery. That's less than $11 per year for worry free riding.
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Just pointing it out for anyone needing a battery on a budget. Will it last five years? I'll see, it's only been a month. This one will see a lot use year round and not just be snuggled in with a tender for the winter.

Hell, the warranty is 2-4 times longer than batteries at twice the price and higher.
https://www.bigtimebattery.com/store...batteries.html


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Yeah, the claimed warranty period is impressive.

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