Knowing when to replace your small motorbike battery is critical to maintaining your bike's performance. It also ensures that you stay safe as you travel. Remember that your battery powers almost everything on your motorbike, which means you're risking a severe breakdown if you don't replace your motorbike battery with a new one when needed.
The most common sign that you need a new battery is an engine that is sluggish to start. The moment you notice that your bike is getting difficult to start, grab a voltmeter, and check how much power your battery has left.
A small motorcycle battery, 12v, would usually register anywhere from 12.7 to 12.8 volts when it's not in use. If your battery reports anything below 12.4 volts, then you will start to notice it becomes tougher to start up your bike. Once it reaches 11.8 volts, your battery is likely useless and will need immediate replacement.
Recharging Your Small Motorbike Battery
Some might say that buying a new motorbike battery is unnecessary because you can always recharge it if it dies. Although this is true, note that this can only be done a few times. Your battery's ability to hold a charge reduces each time you let it run out of charge entirely. This means that if your battery has already died a few times, you should look to get a new one instead of charging it again.
It is also highly recommended that you use a battery charger instead of choosing to jump-start your bike by hooking it up to another bike or to a car. Additionally, if you have no other choice but to do a jump-start using a car, make sure that the engine is switched off. The car would have more current running from it into your bike, and if there's too much current coming in, then your bike's electrical system will be overwhelmed and likely damaged.
Make sure you avoid removing your battery before charging as well. Especially if your small motorbike is relatively new as it might have a fairly complicated electrical system. Removing your battery can mess things up, and repairs might not be as cheap as you think.
Preserving Your Small Motorbike Battery
Nobody likes repeatedly buying replacement batteries, even for the TV remote. This is why it's important to ensure that you help your bike battery to last for as long as possible.
If you're storing your batteries, make sure they're stored at full charge; leaving them partially charged is likely to lessen the battery's ability to recharge fully the next time you use it. Make sure to avoid undercharging to; regular undercharging will make your battery prone to breakdowns.
Make sure you store your batteries at the right temperature as well. The battery's manual usually gives recommendations on the perfect storage temperature for the specific kind of batteries you have.
Lastly, it's essential to get advice from car battery experts if you have any questions or need specific advice. Call Orius Batteries at 01772 348317 if you need expert help with your motorcycle batteries.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the smallest motorcycle battery?
It's probably the Antigravity 4-cell. It is about one inch thinner than the 8-Cell, though it offers twice half capacity and power. The 4-call can start 250cc bikes, and the 8-cell battery can start race/track motorbikes up to 1200cc or handle the street duty in motorbikes up to 800cc or replace the battery of 350-650cc dirt bikes.
How long should motorcycle batteries last?
Most battery manufacturers expect motorbike batteries to last up to 48 months. However, it is common for riders to only get half of that. Batteries that fail quickly often do so due to lack of maintenance and poor driving routines.
Can I put a smaller battery in my motorcycle?
Yes, But the small AGM motorcycle battery must be able to produce enough power to kick the engine, even during cold weather. By having a smaller battery fitted on your vehicle, you increase the likelihood of having trouble starting your engine in the future.
Are all motorcycle batteries the same?
No, not all small motorbike batteries are the same. There are a wide array of types, from lead-acid to lithium to AGM and more.
Batteries also differ in terms of size. Motorbike manufacturers create a space just large enough for a battery capable of starting the engine to be fitted, and this often depends on the size of the engine.
How do I check for a battery drain on my motorcycle?
You can check for the battery drain by removing the negative battery cable and put your volt-ohm meter in the current (amps) mode. With the key off, you can connect the meter's leads between the negative cable and terminal. You should get a current measurement of zero; however, a few milliamps drain is acceptable.
Motorcycle Battery Voltages
Understanding voltage is important in maintaining your motorbike battery's condition and ensuring peak performance. Below are the normal charging voltage ranges for a standard small scooter cell battery:
For charging a lead-acid battery cell, the standard voltage is 2.15v. 6v batteries should charge at around 6.45v. And 12v batteries, 12.90v.
Trickle charging a lead-acid battery should be done at 2.25 to 2.27v per cell-6v batteries at between 6.75 to 6.81v and 12v nominal batteries at around 13.50 — 13.62v.
How To Change A Motorcycle Battery Step By Step
If you are planning to replace your battery on your own, here is how:
Locate the battery. First, locate your small automobile power unit or battery. You can do this by checking your manual or searching online, but it should be reasonably obvious.
Remove the old one. Once you've found the battery, you can disconnect and remove the circuits, terminals, and cables.
Install the new one. After removing the old battery, install the new small vehicle dry-cell battery replacement.
Different Kinds Of Motorbike Battery
Here are the three main types of motorbike battery to be aware of:
Wet cell batteries. Also known as conventional motorbike batteries, these are usually distinguishable by a row of plastic stoppers in the top battery.
Dry cell batteries. Often referred to as maintenance-free batteries, these typically have a black case and have a stopper sunk into the top.
Gel motorbike batteries. These batteries are usually filled with gel state power acid; they are sealed and don't need any topping up.
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