autocraft lithium battery for 1500 gw


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autocraft lithium battery for 1500 gw

Postby CJsalzer » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:12 pm



I just bought a new autocraft lithium battery sunday and installed it and my bike cranked, it sat up till today wensday and now its dead, can anyone tell me why this would happen i spent alot of money on that battery so needless to say im pretty pissed :evil: and can a faulty ignition switch cause a battery to drain completly dead? thanks



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Re: autocraft lithium battery for 1500 gw

Postby Earl43P » Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:11 am

Good morning and sorry about your battery luck.
I read that those $$ batteries do not tolerate being drained below 8 volts, so yours may be toast.

For your problem, put these two words into your search engine, "parasitic drain" or "parasitic draw".
You'll find Wiki, Youtube videos, and many blog posts detailing how to test for this problem.

And yes, a bad contact in the ignition switch could certainly be the cause.
However, that should be evident such as the engine won't shut off with the key (ignition still powered) or the lights stay on. Depending on what (if anything) you have connected to the ACC terminal, that could be the problem too.

If you are inexperienced at using a voltmeter (ampmeter in this case) I have a tip to help you.
With a charged battery, simply connect the + battery lead securely and lightly touch the negative lead to the battery - post. If you see a tiny spark with the key off, that indicates there is a draw present. You can pull each fuse to determine which circuit that draw is on. When you pull a fuse and there is no tiny spark, YOU FOUND THE BAD CIRCUIT.

Good luck with your troubleshooting and please report back any result/questions.
When all else fails, RTFM!

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Re: autocraft lithium battery for 1500 gw

Postby CJsalzer » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:55 pm

Hello and thanks for replying. I have taken the battery back and they gave me a new one but have not been off yet to try it. I was also told when I do install this battery to charge for 2 hrs first to make sure it is fully charged which is a little confusing since it has the button to press which says its charged? Anyway my next day off I guess we will see what happens! I will let you know how it all goes, thanks for the info

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Re: autocraft lithium battery for 1500 gw

Postby redial » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:11 am

Most, if not all, new batteries should be charged before use. Make sure it is a small charge, and do not hit it with a 20 amp, thinking that more is better. In this case, less is best! A long slow charge, say overnight, is much better than a 30 minute quick charge. Good luck with your battery, and let us know how it goes. I am very interested in the LiFePo batteries, as they can be transported without any restrictions, and they will hold a charge for a very long time.
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Re: autocraft lithium battery for 1500 gw

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:07 am

Lithium batteries hold their charge for a very long time, and don't self-discharge like conventional lead-acid batteries. So they should have a fair charge in them when you receive them.




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