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Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery #4428743
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So I have a sealed(maintenance free) motorcycle battery, should I top it off or not worth it?

So far, no problems with anything smile

Since, we are at it, how often maintenance ones be topped off? Once after every 2-3 months or?

Thanks for the help.


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Sealed but you can top it off??

Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: user52165] #4428754
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Originally Posted By: user52165
Sealed but you can top it off??


Yeah, I did see some videos where they are removing that sealed area and topping it up.


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Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: maverickfhs] #4428760
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It's a semantic impossibility.

To top up you must break the seal, and then You are topping up an unsealed battery.


Cable ties should hold it
Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: maverickfhs] #4428763
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No. Not designed to be topped off. If it did meed water then probably a charging issue.


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Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: maverickfhs] #4428767
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Great, thanks.

I'll just leave it alone, what about the one which does needs maintenance and periodic top ups, how often that should be done?

Thanks


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I used to check at least monthly and top of with distilled water



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Originally Posted By: bioburner
I used to check at least monthly and top of with distilled water


Thanks, on my NH750 it's in a very awkward position and whole battery tray needs to come out for topping up, means removing everything.

But, I'll stick to monthly now.


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Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: maverickfhs] #4428825
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I have popped the tops off of "sealed" batteries and found them nearly empty of fluid.


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Originally Posted By: bubbatime
I have popped the tops off of "sealed" batteries and found them nearly empty of fluid.


So is it worth it to prolong the life of battery?


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Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: maverickfhs] #4428850
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so how do sealed lead acid batteries work? They have to vent somehow and then they would be low. I can see how an AGM would be sealed but not a lead acid. I stopped by AAP to look at batteries and I only saw sealed so I went with a Durmast Gold. I can pop the cap off.


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Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: maverickfhs] #4428873
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its likely an agm.
dont open it unless it is showing distress.
like slower than normal cranking even fully charged.
then you might squeeze a bit more life from it by opening it up and adding a small amount of distilled water to each cell.
a cc or 2 in each.
i use an impedance tester to monitor any effect.add,test,add again till no more improvement is noted.
at this point you have nothing to lose but a bit of time.and its worth it if it gets you a few more years.
i have recovered some very expensive agm industrial batteries that were overcharged or by design lose water.
i am currently running a 1000ah gnb absolyte bank that was turned in for scrap at 5 years.
adding water and equalizing it brought the ir back to new specs.
not bad for about $10k in free batteries.

Re: Toppin up a sealed motorcycle battery [Re: maverickfhs] #4435726
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Yes you can remove very carefully the sealing lid so as you do not damage it with a knife and add very little distilled water. Just a couple of drops in each cell.I tried this but added too much water with no damage but because i lowered the acid density quite a bit, the resting fully charged voltage got about 0,1 volt lowered. No problems however.I personally would do that to a battery older than 4 or 5 years or to one that drains fast after some years of service. My original ytx9 ninja 250r battery is still working with no problems after 8+ years, with an alarm system installed for the last 5 years...


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Battery Tenders are the best thing I've found to prolong small battery life. I leave them plugged into toy batteries 24/7.


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