Shorai LFX Lithium-Iron Powersports Battery

Jun 02, 2013 View Comments by

Shorai LFX Lithium-Iron Powersports BatteryIn a motorcycle, as in other vehicles powered by petroleum products, the battery serves one primary purpose, to get the internal combustion engine going. After that, it’s pretty much dead weight until the next time you need to start the motor. One way to reduce that weight penalty is a Shorai lithium-iron battery. Depending on your application, most Shorai LFX batteries will save you around five pounds compared to a traditional lead-acid battery (some LFX models weigh less than a pound), and on a motorcycle, five pounds are considerable.

Weight isn’t the only advantage of a lithium-iron battery; they also don’t sulfate and will retain a charge longer, meaning that if you’re storing your bike for up to a month or so, you don’t have to worry about hooking up a tender. Unless, that is, you ride a Goldwing or other modern bike that has a high electrical draw even when it’s off. In that case, you’ll need to use a Shorai specific charger. Tenders designed for lead-acid batteries will not maintain a sufficient charge.

Lithium-iron batteries are also less dangerous as they don’t contain any poisonous lead or corrosive acid. They last longer too. Given similar operating conditions, the Shorai LFX should last up to twice as long as a lead-acid battery, which goes a long way to make up for the Shorai’s higher entry price. The Shorai LFX is available with either right or left polarity and comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and capacities.

Price: $99.95-$349.95, depending on application

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There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.