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post #1 of 5 Old 10-31-2018, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Battery suggestion and batt blanket

Batt just went out on my 700 Griz and at this point I'm not familiar enough with batt brands to get what I'm after. Any suggestion for a specific batt or batt brand that's decent but not high priced?


Also, couple years ago I remember seeing a warmer blanket or pad made for small 4 wheeler sized batts, but I lost track of who was selling it. Anyone know where I could find something like this?
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Yuasa makes very good batteries and they are OEM in many machines. I have a 08 Honda TRX700XX, a 07 KFX700, and a 07 TRX250EX and all had the oem Yuasa battery. They finally failed back in 2015, within 3 months of each other (dammit!). But 7 and 8 years out of a battery? I think that is pretty good. I will add that I did not go back with oem. I chose to install Deltran lithium batteries instead. They claim 5 times longer life then regular lead/acid type batteries. I seriously have my doubts about this claim. I decided to take a risk and buy one for my TRX. When it arrived, I was blown away at how much smaller and lighter it was. The oem battery weighed about 11 pounds, the Deltran weighed about 1 pound! Now I did not use a fancy scale, so these numbers are most likely not 100% accurate. They do cost more, in my case, about $30 more than oem. They also do not fit like oem, but it IS easy to get a custom fit with the included adhesive foam blocks. The downside is that they do recommend a charger specifically designed for lithium batteries, so that is an additional expense to consider. Since I was so impressed with my first purchase, I bought 2 more for the other quads mentioned. I replaced the 1st one in June, the 2nd in July, and the 3rd in October of 2015. A little over 3 years now, and I have had no issues with them. I do keep them on a maintainer and they start the machines very easily.
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Thanks for the advice.

I've been told elsewhere to leave a trickle charger like a batt tender on all winter but I've also heard not to charge a batt when it's below freezing. Is it ok to leave a batt tender on when it's under 32?
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Thanks for the advice.

I've been told elsewhere to leave a trickle charger like a batt tender on all winter but I've also heard not to charge a batt when it's below freezing. Is it ok to leave a batt tender on when it's under 32?
Tenders, smart chargers and maintainers are different then trickle chargers. They shut off or stop charging when the battery is fully charged where a trickle charger doesn't. Use the Tender...all the time the machine isn't is use. Especially in the cold. Cold reduces battery voltage and can cause them to freeze if cold enough..long enough and that's the end of a battery. A tender or smart charger will sense that lower voltage and turn on, keeping the voltage up and the battery active..and impossible to freeze.

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Thanks. Good to know i can just leave it hooked up.
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