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Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:34 am
by Doug B.
Likely in need of a new battery for my 1998 GL1500SE battery and was wondering if anybody has had any experience with Mighty Max gel batteries? I have heard that gel batteries are the way to go and I thought $74.99 shipped wasn't too bad a deal..........

http://www.amazon.com/YTX24HL-BS-Batter ... ingdocs-20

Good enough deal or should I consider a different product?

Thanks!

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:27 am
by WingAdmin
I've never heard of this brand before. You'd be better off with an AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery than a gel cell.

Because of the physical properties of the Thixotropic gelled electrolyte in Gel batteries, Gel batteries tend to lose power faster than AGM batteries in temperatures below freezing. AGM batteries, on the other hand, excel in high current and high power applications (of which your GL1500 definitely qualifies) as well as extremely cold environments, making them ideal for cold weather riding, and also for running juice-drawing aftermarket accessories. GL1500's require very high current for starting, and AGM's are the best for this.

Another key difference between AGM and Gel batteries is depth of discharge. Gel batteries are more acid starved than AGM batteries, which better protects Gel batteries' plates, making these types of batteries best suited for deep discharge applications. Deep discharge is rarely necessary in motorcycles, however, and Gel batteries have drawbacks for motorcycle starting applications. Gel batteries typically are a bit more expensive, have a shorter life span and less size compatibility than their AGM counterparts.

In the spectrum of conventional lead acid, AGM and Gel batteries, AGM batteries typically offer the best starting power, durability and value for motorcycle applications.

After reading through this comparison, the next battery in my GL1500 will be a Motobatt MBTX24U AGM battery.

Oh, and if you don't have one already, buy a Battery Tender Jr. and keep it connected whenever your bike is parked. Your battery will last for many, many years as a result.

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:27 pm
by guitarzan
I'm looking at this battery: Battery Tender BTL35A480C Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Does anyone know what the LCA 480 means? I have a 1994 Goldwing SE 1500 . I looked it up on Amazon and I found that there are are a lot of battery's with the same number but the LCA 480 is not the only code, they have CCA codes for example. I just wanted to know if anyone out here would know. I just want to get a real good battery.

Thanks
Frank

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:07 am
by Fiberthree
guitarzan wrote:I'm looking at this battery: Battery Tender BTL35A480C Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Does anyone know what the LCA 480 means? I have a 1994 Goldwing SE 1500 . I looked it up on Amazon and I found that there are are a lot of battery's with the same number but the LCA 480 is not the only code, they have CCA codes for example. I just wanted to know if anyone out here would know. I just want to get a real good battery.

Thanks
Frank
For one explanation of LCA check this site...
https://www.lithiumpros.com/crank-amp-r ... batteries/

It is a little lengthy but informative. I passed on the lithium because the benefits of the lithium battery did not really fit the way the bike uses a battery. I don't park and entertain the general public with a motorcycle sound or light show, I pretty much just use it to start the engine. With the engine running the alternator handles the electrical needs.

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:13 am
by guitarzan
Thank you Fiberthree. I just want a good battery for the Midwest area.

Thanks again
Frank

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:27 am
by Fiberthree
It might seem odd, but the AGM battery I now have was purchased at Oreilly Auto Parts. They had it in stock so I didn't have to wait. The price was around $102. The last one I had was over six years old when it quit. A decent run for a battery.

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:28 am
by bohdan
Yeah, interestingly enough, my wife's bike had a gel battery and it failed overnight. I usually listen to the slower starting before I consider another battery.......

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:21 am
by guitarzan
Hi WingAdmin ,
Will this MotoBatt MBTX24U (12V 25 Amp) 285CCA fit my Goldwing to. I have a 1994 Goldwing SE 1500. I looked on Amazon and it doesn't say that it's compatible with my bike. It says: no results found.

Thanks
Frank

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:22 pm
by detdrbuzzard
i paid either $108 or $112 for the odyssey pc 680 that's in my 1500 wing that was purchased in 2008. the other pc680 went in my 1200 wing. i sold my 1200 wing to my niece and we are still using those pc 680's

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:11 pm
by WingAdmin
guitarzan wrote:Hi WingAdmin ,
Will this MotoBatt MBTX24U (12V 25 Amp) 285CCA fit my Goldwing to. I have a 1994 Goldwing SE 1500. I looked on Amazon and it doesn't say that it's compatible with my bike. It says: no results found.

Thanks
Frank
The MotoBatt that fits the GL1500 is the MBTX24U. I'd highly recommend the MotoBatt as a replacement battery.

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:28 pm
by Fiberthree
bohdan wrote:Yeah, interestingly enough, my wife's bike had a gel battery and it failed overnight. I usually listen to the slower starting before I consider another battery.......
The battery that lasted six years was the second one from the same manufacturer. Their first one shorted a cell after 32 days! When I took it back to CycleGear the manager told me they were only warranted for 30 days. With an icy stare I said "Even Pep Boys pro-rates their worst batteries. Call the manufacturer." He reluctantly did and they told him to give me a new battery. After putting the new one through some hoops with a hand held tester that flashed lights, emitted beeps, and displayed numbers on a screen, he turned it around to show me the display and said "See, this one's good". I replied "Yeah, the other one did the same thing when I bought it." He tried further to blame me by saying if the new one failed that there was something wrong with my bike. So I said if the new one failed, I would surely purchase one somewhere else and spread the word about his customer service.
I would have bought another "six year" battery if it wasn't for the stellar service from that manager.

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:48 am
by harvey01
I have always had good luck with the Yuasa battery. They make one for just about anything and if properly initialized and maintained they last a long time. They may cost more but you get it back over time. Yuasa also offers a great tech manual that can be downloaded at: http://www.yuasabatteries.com/pdfs/TechManual_2014.pdf

Their website is: www.yuasabatteries.com and you can go there an find the correct battery for your bike, atv, or whatever and then contact one of this boards vendors to order such as Cyclemax.

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:19 am
by minimac
I had purchased Max Gel battery for one of my bikes. It didn't last 1 1/2 years. One day I came out to ride and it was dead. I couldn't get it to take a charge even with another battery hooked in series, which was recommended. I'll stick to AGMs until something that's proven to be better.

Re: Mighty Max Gel batteries

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:34 pm
by guitarzan
Yep, thank you all. The UPS guy just delivered my new battery. MotoBatt MBTX24U (12V 25 Amp) 285CCA Factory Activated Maintenance Free QuadFlex AGM Battery