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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:06 am 
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Well this is a long term review of my experience with Ballistic batteries. 20 months ago I purchased a new Ballistic Evo2 8 cell battery for approx $150. I was very pleased initially with the size, performance and weight of the battery. Shortly after installing it, about 2 months of use, I began experiencing random electrical issues that ended up being an internal defect of the EVO2. Some of you here may remember the thread> topic3389.html
I promptly returned the defective battery to Ballistic (shipping I paid) and they verified that it was indeed defective and sent me a replacement a week later. At this point I was still happy with the product and support. Unfortunately the replacement EVO2 self destructed exactly as the last one nearly leaving me stranded in the woods. I was able to keep the bike running keeping the engine vibes low and limp back to camp. I was 190 miles into a 210 mile loop and had to plot a straight line back. Since I had been burned by these batteries before I had a good idea where to start the trouble shooting. Anyways I just shipped off the second defective EVO2 to Ballistic and they called me Monday stating that the battery was indeed defective (Duuuhh) and they could ship me a replacement for the low price of $78 plus shipping :s_omg After the first year they pro rate the warranty. I old them that I was done with their company and would just cut my losses at this point. :s_mad They happily replied, OK. WTF? So I can no longer under good conscience recommend these batteries. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, well you know the rest. :whistling:
I did some research and it seems that EarthX batteries seem good and they don't pro rate their warranty. I hope those of you that have the Ballistic EVO2's don't have the luck I had with mine. :s_sad


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:53 am 
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I know this is an old thread, but does anyone else have any input about lightweight batteries? I've read a lot of reviews of them and some people seem to have problems with them not lasting very long. I'd love to lose a few pounds off the pig, but not if it affects reliability.

Has anyone had theirs for a few years?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:32 am 
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I have been using high end ( non-Chinese ) assembled Li batteries for years in my track bikes. I think they last incredibly long IF they never become discharged. They do exhibit low output in cold weather, require special chargers (unless they are "on-board"). Improper handling can result in catastrophic failure and impressive, difficult to extinguish fires.

They have really high power to weight ratios. I am going to try one in my DR, now that I am familiar with the short comings. I have one in our KLX250. If I were doing an adventure type trip where I was away from help and civilization, I would have a conventional or AGM battery, no doubt.


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