Written By Car Bibles Staff
Published Oct. 15, 2020

Motorcycles offer a completely different riding experience compared to a car or truck. They’re light and agile and able to weave through traffic and zip along efficiently. They don’t require a lot of fuel to hit the road, and they leave less of an environmental impact. And, to be perfectly honest, motorcycles are a lot of fun. Owning a motorcycle offers so much more than just a way to get around — you can enjoy freedom, flexibility, and excitement on the road. But to actually operate your motorcycle, you need one important component: a working battery. You need a motorcycle battery you can rely on for every ride. And there are quite a few battery options available. Take a look at our list of the best motorcycle batteries to make your search simpler.

The Best Motorcycle Battery

The Battery Tender Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery is a great overall option. This battery starts like any other battery but weighs less, probably a fraction of an OEM unit. These batteries are used in power sports applications such as ATVs, motorcycles, lawn mowers, scooters, personal watercraft, and utility vehicles since they are developed to act as replacements for AGM, flooded, and gel cell lead acid batteries.  When compared to a lead acid battery, this motorcycle battery possesses up to five times the lifespan and weighs up to 80-percent less.

To fit multiple size battery boxes with ease, this battery comes with foam spacers. Installation is a breeze since this AGM motorcycle battery can be mounted in any direction and also features a quad terminal configuration. The biggest strength of this battery is its ability to hold a charge in all seasons, especially on cold long winter days. When looking for a battery, take a good look at this one from Battery Tender, and you will not be disappointed.

Key Features
  • Replaces Yuasa Battery: YIX30L-BS
  • 80 per cent lighter
  • up to 5X the life of a lead acid battery
  • fit multiple size battery boxes
Specification
  • Brand Battery Tender
  • Model BTL35A480C
  • Weight 8.27 pounds

The Throttlex Battery is the perfect choice if you need something with a longer battery life and above-average power. This battery is non-spillable, sealed, and needs no form of maintenance. Also an AGM battery, its power output will meet and sometimes exceed the power demands of your ride without the need for a refill. This is a feature many users love, causing them to keep coming back for more after years of usage. The battery has an extremely long operation life thanks to its sulfation resistant plates, while all chances of leakage are extinguished with the provision of a spill-proof heat sealed cover. The Throttlex power sports battery is always ready when you are, as it holds voltage longer due to its premium sealed nature. 

You may think your vehicle’s original battery is all you need, but this ADX12-BS is a motorcycle battery that meets and often exceeds the specifications of many original batteries. This is because it’s been developed with materials of extreme quality and highly professional craft, and these factors also allow this battery to enjoy meager discharge rates and an extended life, which many users love.

Key Features
  • Maintenance Free
  • Fully Charged
  • Ready to Install
  • Advanced Lead Calcium Technology
Specification
  • Brand ThrottleX Batteries
  • Model ADX12-BS
  • Weight 10 pounds

Chrome Battery has come out with the YTX sealed AGM motorcycle battery, a rechargeable power sports battery that fits effortlessly in a variety of applications, from jet skis, motorcycles, and ATVs to many others with ease. The acid allows for a spill-proof battery that needs little to no maintenance since it been constructed with Absorbed Glass Mat technology. Its extended life is also assured via the presence of a patented sealed post designed to prevent corrosion. Once your battery has been delivered, it’s ready to operate as it comes fully charged. Get ready to move as soon as possible by directly connecting your battery to its intended application.

The AGM battery developed by Chrome battery is crafted with absorbed glass mat technology and lead calcium alloy, materials that allow for high-performance and maintenance-free operation. To ensure the complete safety of users and those they come into contact with it, all materials are tested rigorously to ensure that they are the highest quality. All tests were undertaken to ensure that materials are OEM compatible, highly effective and lead to optimal performance for a long time. A great feature of the sealed AGM motorcycle battery is its rechargeable ability. This battery can be recharged many times before being replaced, and this means the total cost of ownership is drastically low. For this particular battery, it can be recharged up to 2,000 times before it needs to be replaced.

The terminals used for this battery are made of copper and are durable and sturdy enough to resist pressure, wear, and torquing. Copper was explicitly chosen to ensure high performance and to promote electrical conductivity. Concerning maintenance, no filling or water check is necessary, as the battery comes already charged and sealed. The sealed construction together with the regulated valve ensures safe usage in any portable device and any position.

Key Features
  • rechargeable, powersport battery
  • VERSATILE FIT
  • Absorbed Glass Mat technology
  • Guaranteed 18-month warranty
Specification
  • Brand CB Chrome Battery
  • Weight 10.73 pounds

The Yuasa Battery is developed by one of the largest motorcycle battery producers in the world. It is a new generation of maintenance-free batteries backed by over 50 years of research and engineering expertise to ensure a long and trouble-free service together with high-quality construction. With this battery, there is no need for occasional maintenance, as its use of absorbed glass mat separators and advanced technology in battery production eliminates the need ever to add water.

When used in standby mode, the Yuasa Battery can go much longer between charges, like winter storage. Made in the United States, it features 270 CCA, an included acid pack, and a full year manufacturer’s warranty. This battery fully embodies the term “install it and forget it.”

Key Features
  • Maintenance-free battery
  • Sealed and spill-proof
  • No need to ever add water
  • Battery supplied dry with acid bottle
Specification
  • Brand Yuasa
  • Model YUAM320BS
  • Weight 14.85 pounds

The ExpertPower EXP1270 is everything you would want and more in a battery for your motorcycle. The EXP1270 is often used in home alarm systems and cable boxes and is a standard sized 12-volt battery. It is often preferred over other kinds of batteries for popular applications such as uninterruptible power systems and security systems, mainly because of its small size. To protect against leaks and spills, this lead acid battery comes in a casing developed from a hardened ABS plastic. It has a long service life and high currents on demand by using Absorbent Glass Technology.

There is an excellent fiberglass mat that immobilizes the acid in this battery. This allows for trouble-free operation in any orientation, along with its spill-proof feature. Cells produced by ExpertPower are very reliable, and the power you receive from its batteries cannot be compared to any other. The material of the outer case of this 12v motorcycle battery has been crafted to resist vibration, shock, heat, and chemicals. The EPX1270 is exceptionally user-friendly, providing an easy one-time installation and no need for maintenance over time. 

Key Features
  • RUGGED CONSTRUCTION
  • AGM TECH
  • 12Volt 2Ampere Smart Charger
  • 20 Hour Sealed Lead Acid Battery
Specification
  • Brand ExpertPower
  • Model EXP1270
  • Weight 4.3 pounds

Chrome Battery has come out with the YTX14-BS sealed AGM motorcycle battery, a rechargeable, power sports battery that fits effortlessly in a variety of applications with ease. The YTX14-BS features smart technology, which includes an LED screen that can warn you of a low voltage and helps you read the battery alternator voltage with ease. It also features iGel batteries filled with gel electrolytes. These ensure that all operations are maintenance-free for as long as you use the battery. It comes fully charged with an easy installation process. To protect against leaks and spills, this smart gel-filled battery comes in a casing developed from hardened plastic while offering a long service life and high currents on demand by using Absorbent Glass Technology. 

You may think your vehicle’s original battery is all you need, but this YTX14-BS is a gel motorcycle battery that meets and often exceeds the specifications of many original batteries. This is because it’s been developed with materials of extreme quality and highly professional artistry, and these factors also allow this battery to enjoy meager discharge rates and an extended life, which many users love.

Key Features
  • iGel High Performance
  • Rechargeable
  • Maintenance Free
  • Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery
Specification
  • Brand Chrome Battery
  • Model YTX14-BS iGel
  • Weight 9.92 pounds

The ZPZ battery is another rechargeable AGM power sports battery. It is constructed using the absorbed glass mat technology, which ensures that you’re in possession of a spill-proof battery that requires low-maintenance. The ZPC-YT14-BS is an extremely versatile battery that can fit into a variety of applications, ranging from jet skis, motorcycles, ATVs and more. Name your ride: this battery can take care of it. It offers users great value for the money, and this battery starts like any other battery but weighs less, probably a fraction of the OEM.

The materials are OEM compatible, highly effective, and will lead to optimal performance for a long time. A great feature possessed by the sealed AGM motorcycle battery is its rechargeable ability. This small motorcycle battery can be recharged many times before being replaced, and this means the total cost of ownership is drastically low. For this particular battery, it can be recharged up to 2,000 times before it needs to be replaced.

Key Features
  • High Performance
  • Maintenance Free
  • Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery
  • VERSATILE FIT
Specification
  • Brand ZPC Battery
  • Model ZPC-YTX14-BS
  • Weight 9.92 pounds

The MX20L battery is crafted to offer users much more than just performance. The MX20L cell is crafted with absorbed glass mat technology that allows for high-performance andmaintenance-free operation. To ensure the complete safety of users and those they come into contact with through their applications, all materials are tested rigorously to ensure that they are of the highest quality. This AGM type battery is unique as its power output will always meet and sometimes exceed the power demands of your ride without the need for a refill or maintenance.

This is a feature many users love, causing them to keep coming back for more. The battery has an extremely long operation life while all chances of leakage are extinguished with the provision of a spill-proof heat sealed cover. The material of this battery’s outer case has been crafted to resist vibration, shock, heat, and chemicals. The MX20L is exceptionally user-friendly, with easy one-time installation and little-to-no need for maintenance over time.

Key Features
  • Maintenance Free – Fully Charged – Ready to Install
  • Exceeds Specifications of Original Battery
  • 12 Month Free Replacement Warranty
  • AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) Non-Spillable Sealed Technology
Specification
  • Brand ThrottleX Batteries

No matter what other manufacturers say, ACDelco Specialty batteries and all batteries produced by ACDelco are the standards regarding performance. No matter the application, be it industrial, recreational, automotive, or marine, the speciality AGM battery from ACDelco promises to meet and possibly exceed all your needs with little to no effort, with its Advantage, Professional, Heavy-Duty and Voyager offerings. This battery is crafted after extensive research and meets expectations for form, fit and function, factors that guarantee users of great value and high quality. This brand is a trusted one globally, especially among GM vehicles.

The Specialty power sports battery is a maintenance-free battery that doesn’t require any form of liquid once the battery has been sealed. It is shipped dry and comes with a separate acid pack. To ensure very long shelf life, this battery requires an initial charge before installation. Be sure to take extra care after handling this battery.

Key Features
  • Convenient acid bottle for the correct amount of battery acid
  • Absorbed Glass Mat design
  • sealed battery
  • Maintenance Free
Specification
  • Brand ACDelco
  • Model ATX20LBS
  • Weight 14.2 pounds

The next product on this list is the Shorai Lithium Battery. The process of hooking up a tender to lead-acid batteries is normal for most power sports enthusiasts, which is why they need this lithium ion motorcycle battery. These batteries are one of the most potent yet lightest replacement batteries available. The Shorai batteries do not sulfate as their capacity drops, and they possess a much slower self-discharge than many lead-acid batteries on the market, and this causes many users and professionals to refer to the Shorai as the ultimate “deep cycle” battery. This means that the battery can crank your vehicle even with a low capacity. A fully charged Shorai battery can retain adequate starting capacity even after an entire year without any damage coming to the cell. Charging of this battery is needed only after six to twelve months of usage, depending on the average storage temperature and the rate of usage.

Some of the top features of the Shorai battery are its factory activation, super-fast charge rate, fast cranking, two-year warranty, adhesive back foam sheets, zero sulfation, as well as its environmentally-friendly constituents that protect the environment and all users in general.

Key Features
  • Extremely Light Weight
  • Higher Voltage and more CCA
  • Longer Lifespan
  • Makes maintenance easy
Specification
  • Brand Shorai
  • Model 423806
  • Weight 1.98 pounds

Best Motorcycle Battery Buying Guide & FAQ

Motorcycle batteries might all seem alike, but they often have important differences in everything from overall size to capacity to current. And whether or not you choose the right battery can directly affect how your motorcycle functions. If you want to make sure you’re ready to ride for a long time to come, you’ll want to shop for the best motorcycle battery you can find within your budget. Not sure what, exactly, to look for? Follow our guide to choosing the right motorcycle battery for your needs.

Features to Look for When Buying a Motorcycle Battery

To assess just how great and reliable a motorcycle battery will be, you’ll want to consider a few different features while you’re shopping. Here are our suggestions at what to look for as you compare different battery selections.

  • Sealed or Flooded?

One of the first features — or details — you’ll need to consider is whether you’re shopping for a sealed battery or an unsealed battery. These are the two different types of motorcycle batteries that most riders use. 

Sealed batteries are batteries that are ready to use immediately. They’re also maintenance-free. Once you pop a sealed motorcycle battery into place, you can forget about it until it needs recharging or replacing. It’s an easy option, and it’s what many motorcycle owners prefer. You’ll be able to ride without worry, as sealed batteries can be better suited to all of the bumps, stops, and other rough and abrupt movements that can come with riding.

Flooded batteries are your other option. Also called wet cell or unsealed batteries, flooded batteries used to be used in motorcycles, but they’ve become a far less common choice. These motorcycle batteries tend to leak, and the acid inside of them can slosh around and cause serious problems if you tip or dump your bike. Flooded batteries also require more maintenance, as they need to be topped off with water regularly.

  • Size

Choosing a motorcycle battery that’s the right size is critical. You want to make sure that the battery you choose will fit inside your motorcycle without causing any problems. A battery that’s too big simply won’t fit, and it could damage other parts if you try to force it into place. A battery that’s too small could cause issues like loose connections and movement on the road. Finding the perfect fit is a priority to keep your bike free of frustrations.

If you don’t want to stress oversize, you can figure out the best fit for your motorcycle by checking your vehicle’s manual. Take a look at what’s currently in place in your motorcycle, or what originally came with it. Then, you can try to find a new battery with the same physical size and power capacity.

  • Voltage

Voltage is yet another very important aspect of any motorcycle battery. Choosing a battery with a voltage that’s too low or too high can cause power and connectivity issues each time you try to turn on your bike. 

Typically, your average full-size motorcycle uses a 12-volt battery. If you have a smaller model, 6 volts might be enough power. Take a look at your current battery or your vehicle manual to determine what the appropriate voltage is, and you can then shop for batteries with the same capacity. With accurate voltage, you’ll have enough power to ride without worry.

  • Materials

Don’t forget to consider the material of a battery too. Motorcycle batteries can be made out of many different materials, and you want to make sure the model you choose can withstand long-term use. Will the materials hold up to factors like pressure, vibration, and heat? Can they withstand wear and tear on the road? Consider these details as you check out different battery choices.

  • Cold Cranking Amps & Overall Performance

Cold-cranking amps, or CCA, refer to the number of amps any given motorcycle battery can deliver for 30 seconds at a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, all while maintaining 1.2 volts per battery cell. While this might seem like a complicated detail, it’s important to think about when you’re buying a new battery. A higher CCA number can help older bikes start more efficiently and quickly, and it can also do the same for any motorcycle that takes some time to start up. Batteries with lower CCA numbers can be a good choice for brand-new bikes with few miles on their odometers.

  • Life Expectancy

The longer your motorcycle battery lasts, the less you have to worry about it. A long-lasting battery means you can keep your mind on the road instead of whether or not your bike will work properly. On average, a motorcycle battery will last between 500 and 1,200 cycles. Take a look at its warranty or any details the manufacturer offers about its lifespan. Quality materials and strong construction can also offer clues about whether or not a battery is built to last longer.

Types of Motorcycle Batteries

  • Wet Lead Acid Battery

This is often referred to as the flooded lead-acid battery. It is the commonly used battery type that requires a regular topping of distilled water to prevent battery damage.

  • Gel Cell Battery

This is a sealed battery type that is filled with gel electrolytes. Unlike the wet lead-acid, these batteries do not require maintenance once sealed, and they’re not prone to spillage or corrosion.

  • AGM Battery

The absorbed glass battery is a common type of lead-acid battery used in motorcycles. It is sealed just like the gel battery thus; it requires no form of maintenance. This is less expensive than the gel batteries, even though it delivers similar performance.

Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) – What Does It Mean?

The CCA or the Cold Cranking Amps & Overall Performance is merely the power you need to start your engine and the power that can be produced by your battery.

Motorcycle Battery Life Expectancy

Most battery manufacturers will agree that on average, motorcycle batteries should last for at least 48 months. Basic maintenance-free batteries offer a long service life and are suitable for models with strong vibrations. However, batteries that require maintenance tend to have a standard life much lower than those without maintenance but require precautions in handling to avoid possible spills of acid.

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Best Motorcycle Battery FAQ:

Q: How do I install a motorcycle battery?

The process of installing a motorcycle battery doesn’t require many steps. Locating your battery is the first, vital step. Remove the bolt from the ground/negative cable by using the correct size socket and secure it away from metals and the positive wire. Repeat this step with the positive cable before removing your old battery. Place the new battery in and reversely repeat all earlier actions, but this time, attach the positive wire before connecting the negative one.

Q: How should I maintain my motorcycle battery?

As stated earlier, not all types of batteries require maintenance. Maintenance, however, is necessary for conventional motorcycle batteries to keep them in excellent working condition. The first tip is to undertake visual checks often, usually once a month. Check the connectors to ensure that none is getting loose, and clean the terminals whenever dirt accumulates. Charge your battery at least every week, and keep an eye on the water levels at least twice a month.

Q: Does a new motorcycle battery need to be charged?

Most often, new batteries are charged before a purchase thus, charging it immediately after it’s been bought isn’t necessary.

Q: Can I overcharge a motorcycle battery?

Overcharging your battery is not advised, as it can damage the battery and ultimately affect your ride. It is recommended that you use a smart motorcycle battery charger when it’s time to charge your battery, to prevent it from overcharging. Related Post: Best Car Battery

Our Top Pick

Our number-one choice for the best motorcycle battery is the Battery Tender Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery. There’s a lot to love about this battery — it’s relatively lightweight and easy to install. Its lifespan is as much as five times longer than lead-acid batteries. The Battery Tender Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery is tough and ready to stand up against anything. It’s designed to hold a charge no matter what the conditions, even in frigid temperatures. If you’re looking for a motorcycle battery that can last and deliver the power you want, this is a great choice.

Sources:

  1. How to Buy Motorcycle Batteries – wikiHow
  2. How to Charge a Motorcycle Battery – How Stuff Works

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