1) "Why is a maintenance-free
AGM motorcycle battery superior to most conventional motorcycle batteries?
"Maintenance-free AGM motorcycle batteries feature Absorbed Glass Mat technology (AGM for short). This design dramatically improves a battery's performance in the following areas:
A) True maintenance-free design, you'll never have to check or add electrolyte again, unlike conventional batteries which require periodic fluid checks.
B) Liquid-free AGM design, will not leak or corrode on expensive paint and chrome, and also eliminates corrosion around the battery terminals.
C) AGM batteries have less internal resistance which allows them to produce more discharge current (cold cranking amperage) vs. comparable conventional "wet" batteries,and AGM batteries also recharge faster
D) Better resistance to both heat and vibration, a major cause of failure in conventional motorcycle batteries
E) Much slower self-discharge rate, (3% vs.15% per month) means longer periods between battery recharging over periods of non-use, like winter months or vacations.
2) "Can I expect longer service life
from a maintenance-free AGM motorcycle battery?"
"Yes, due to their sealed design, AGM batteries eliminate water loss due to heat and evaporation. Most people don't check their conventional battery's water level on a regular basis, and as the electrolyte level in the battery goes down , sulphation begins, which will dramatically shorten a conventional battery's life . Also the AGM battery's "Tight pack" lead calcium construction provides better resistance to vibration, there by by increasing it's service life."
3) "Do maintenance-free AGM motorcycle
batteries require special charging?"
No, most AGM motorcycle and powersport batteries can use the same low amp battery chargers that conventional motorcycle batteries use. We recommend a 1-2 amp "Smart" style charger, which will charge only to a certain point then taper down and maintain the battery safely for long periods. Check with the battery manufacturer or reseller on your particular battery's charging requirements if you are unsure of which battery charger to purchase.
4) "Are maintenance-free AGM batteries safe?"
"Actually AGM batteries are safer the conventional wet or flooded motorcycle batteries. The AGM design incorporates special safety valves in the battery case, which are designed to prevent pressure build up inside the battery during periods of excess over charging."
5) "What happens if I open a AGM battery's
"By opening a maintenance-free AGM battery's case, you release a set internal pressure or psi, which is crucial in a AGM recombination design. In compromising the case you are dramatically shortening it's service life and voiding the battery's warranty. "
6) "How due I check a AGM battery's voltage?"
"Due to the fact that an AGM battery has a sealed case, all you need is a volt meter to read it's voltage. A fully charged 12 volt AGM battery's voltage should read about 12.7 volts."
7) "Can I expect more cranking amperage
from a sealed AGM battery?"
"Yes. Because of the AGM battery's more efficient design, there is less internal resistance from one plate to another, allowing for faster current discharge to reach the battery's terminals, i.e.. more cold cranking amperage."
8) "When I receive my new AGM battery,
do I need to charge it?"
"If your AGM battery is already factory activated, and pre-charged, then it is ready to install. If your battery requires that you add electrolyte, then you must charge the battery afterwards. Please read and follow the batterys instructions carefully.
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