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3 December 2013

Types of motorbike Batteries in the market

Motor cycle technology has been changing very fast and same is being done on some of their most important components. Their batteries have been the center of innovation and this is why they have evolved to what we have today. From the old designed batteries that were used in many year back, they have been improved to the maintenance-free batteries that are dominating the market today. There are many brands out there but they can all be tow categories. Here are the two main categories of motorbike battery in the market today.

1. Unsealed motorbike battery
This is the old generation type of motorbike battery that have been in use for a very long time. They are commonly referred to as the lead acid accumulators/batteries to many. Although they are still being used today, their application is in small scale and only in special cases. They have an access cap to allow for the replacement of lost liquid. There is only one type of this battery but with very many brands circulating the market today.

2. Sealed Batteries
These are the most modern types of the batteries that we have today. Any battery that has no fill caps will be categorized in this group. They are specially made and compared to the unsealed battery, they very much advanced technologically. They are all in maintenance-free condition which is achieved by keeping the minimum content under a slight pressure. This helps any gas produced to condense back into liquid form back to the battery plates. This means that very little acid is used and thus there is no need to replenish the battery. Here are the two main groups of the sealed batteries

a) SLA
The abbreviation stands for ‘sealed lead acid’ battery. It almost like a flooded cell but it a little more advanced technologically to eliminate the use of vent hose. They are specifically designed to be used in the motor cycles with electric starter. If your motorbike is designed to use this type of a starter, this is the best motorbike battery to go for. It will start the bike without any fuss and muss of a leaking battery acid. It has a guaranteed lifespan of 2-3 years.

b) AGM
The abbreviation stands for ‘absorbed glass mat’. It is the latest type of the sealed battery designed for low release of power and over extended period of time. They are very good to be used in electric starter motorbikes due to their good ability of charge storage. This is a very big advantage to over the rest of the batteries in the market. It also has a longer lifespan of about 5 years making it a good choice for motorbike battery to go for.

These are the main categories of the motorbike batteries that you will find in the market today. Although they have been labeled differently by the many brands from different manufacturers all over the world, their principle of operation is no different. It is also very important to make the right choice of the motorbike battery by researching very well on the brand producer. This will cushion you from the rogue traders who sell low quality and counterfeit products.

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