Cross section of a common maintenance motorcycle battery showing the basic parts and components that make the battery produce electricity.
Use the key in the table underneath the picture to find out what the different motorcycle battery components are. Continue reading
A few common (and not so common!) questions that have been asked about scooter and motorbike battery care and maintenance.
Not sorted into any particular order, but covering many areas of battery care in including parts number questions, topping up questions, fault finding questions, battery charging questions and much more! Continue reading
There are a few common faults that can occur with motorcycle batteries and battery charging systems.
Below are some of the most frequent battery faults with information about what can cause could be and some possible fixes.
If you are thinking of doing your own battery fault finding or related problems on your bike, one of the handiest tools you can buy is a simple volt meter for checking the voltage. Continue reading
Checking your battery once a month & topping up the electrolyte levels (if required) will help to ensure you get the most from your motorbike battery. Below are a few battery maintenance checks that will help to prolong the life of a motorbike battery
Any checks that involve removing the battery caps can only be performed on a conventional or lead acid battery as maintenance free & gel batteries shouldn’t need topping up or removal of the caps. Continue reading
A few slightly interesting motorbike battery facts relating to gel acid, maintenance free and conventional motorcycle batteries…..
- Although most automotive batteries are referred to as either 6 volt or 12 volt, these numbers are only assigned to batteries to make it easier to distinguish between the 2 types of electrical systems & don’t represent the true voltage of a motorbike battery (the actual voltage is higher due to the battery cells producing around 2.2 volts each).
Charging method for 12v gel filled motorcycle batteries.
Gel filled batteries normally have have black, dark blue or grey cases and come completely sealed, so there’s no opening in the battery or acid to fill the battery with.
Like maintenance free batteries, these batteries don’t need the acid levels monitored or topped up.
The batteries usually start with the code YT, CT, GT, DT, ET (e.g. YT9B-4, CT12B-BS etc) or YTZ, CTZ, GTZ, DTZ (e.g. YTZ10-S, CTZ12-S). Continue reading
Maintenance free motorcycle battery charging method.
Sealed/maintenance free (also know as dry cell) batteries normally have have black cases and a plastic strip to cover the 6 filling holes in the top of the battery.
Unlike conventional batteries, once these batteries have been filled and the cap is placed in the top, the battery is ‘sealed for life’ and doesn’t need to be removed or the acid levels monitored or topped up.
The batteries usually start with the code YTX, CTX, GTX, DTX or ETX (e.g. YTX9-BS, CTX12-BS etc). Continue reading