Factors to keep in mind while buying motor cycle battery!
Take note of the battery’s technical details and, most importantly, the power rating or voltage. Most batteries are 12 volts, but you can find low-voltage batteries for smaller motorbikes. Choosing a battery with a higher power rating won’t damage your motorbike as long as it’s a compatible model. However, you may pay more for the extra volts and performance boost.
Look into the promised service life of the battery. Battery life is typically measured in cycles, and most motorcycle batteries offer a service life ranging from 500 to 1,200 cycles. Obviously, finding one with a long battery life means that you won’t have to spend more on replacements, but it also means that the battery is powerful enough to last through whatever conditions you may subject it to.
COLD CRANKING AMPS (CCA)
Cold-cranking amps is the power supplied by the battery to bring (crank) an engine to life. The term is mostly used for starter batteries that need to produce short bursts of power to start an engine that has been inactive for a long time. It’s determined by the amps a 12-volt battery can produce in 30 seconds at zero degrees Fahrenheit. A battery with a high CCA (400 and above) is sure to start a motorbike that has been left sitting idle in the cold winter.
- Compatibility: Not all motorcycle batteries are universal fits for your bike. You need to get one that’s designed for your bike; otherwise, you may experience fitting and electrical system issues. Note the manufacturer’s specifications when it comes to what type of bike the battery is designed for.
- Maintenance: Look for a battery that doesn’t require too much maintenance. The new battery should maintain its qualities throughout its service life, and you should only have to worry about charging it after a reasonable period. Sealed batteries require less maintenance because they are protected from leakages.