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Product Review | Pulse Tech Xtreme Battery Charger XC100-P

Posted on October 22, 2010
Xtreme Charge is well suited to both AGM and other Maintenance free batteries. The Combination of Patented Pulse technology and the patented charging algorithm will typically allow it to more completely charge all regular and high performance batteries, while also maintaining an excellent charge profile suitable for other types of Flooded or standard batteries. Pulse Tech's unique technology will increase the duty and life cycle of all sizes or types of 12 volt lead acid batteries by minimizing the size and amount of sulphation on the lead plates, therefore allowing the battery to accept as much charge as possible. Rated ★★★★★ Stars read more...

BatteryStuff Policy | Value Added Strategy

Posted on November 3, 2010
Value Added Strategy is a method developed by Batterystuff.com to insure that the customer is receiving a motorcycle battery that yields consistent Performance and Guarantees Customer Satisfaction. Some folks call these batteries Maintenance Free Batteries; Gel Cell, Dry Cell, AGM, Valve Regulated, etc. No matter what they are called they all use basically the same technology to produce a battery that requires far less effort to maintain. read more...

Video Feature | Interactive Battery Tutorial

Posted on November 5, 2010
Ever wonder how a lead acid AGM battery works? You know, the ones that start our motor bikes? If you're like me, it's nothing short of a miracle when I think about how electricity comes out and gets put back in the black little box. Check out our latest tutorial, visually giving you a guided tour about an AGM Battery, and how it works. read more...

Written Tutorial | How Do I Pick a Battery Charger?

Posted on November 16, 2010
Let me start with a disclaimer; BatteryStuff.com does not sell inexpensive off the shelf chargers such as the type often found at retail outlets and certain other online stores. We cater specifically to microprocessor controlled chargers, also known as Smart Chargers. All the chargers we stock are reviewed, tested, and selected based on function, reliability and durability. These chargers are designed to charge lead acid and other types of batteries based on computer generated algorithms. Simply put, the charger collects information from the battery and adjusts the charge current and voltage based on this information. This allows the battery to be charged quickly, correctly, and completely when using a smart charger. read more...

Battery Myth | Why is My 12 Volt Battery Reading as 13 Volts?

Posted on November 18, 2010
All Lead acid batteries (Gel, AGM, Flooded, Drycell, etc) are made up of a series of 2.2 volt cells that are bridged together in series to reach their final desired voltage. For instance, a 6 volt battery will have 3 cells(3 x2.2= 6.6 volts), a 12 volt battery will have 6 cells(6 x2.2=13.2 volts) and so on.That 2.2 volts is the fully charged, straight off the charger number. The actual resting voltage, or the voltage a battery will settle at 12-24 hours after being removed from the charger, is closer to 2.1 volts per cell, or about 6.4 volts for a 6v battery, and 12.7 volts for a 12v battery. These numbers assume 100% healthy cells, and may vary a bit lower for older batteries. read more...

Written Tutorial | Rechargeable NiMH Battery FAQ

Posted on November 19, 2010
What does NiMH stand for? The material is Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) which has many advantages over other battery construction materials.

What is meant by battery memory? Older generation and batteries with other chemical make-up were subject to a memory effect. This is when a battery must be fully drained before recharge or their capacity is reduced. The New Generation of NIMH batteries do not develop a memory effect and can be recharged at anytime during usage cycle. When uncertain about battery charge level or condition, recharge it. read more...

Written Tutorial | Testing Your Battery for Parasitic Load

Posted on November 22, 2010
Testing a system for current drain To check if something is draining your battery while your bike is turned off you need to test for current, not volts. To do so, do the following: Switch your multi meter to DC AMPs. Amps is usually indicated by an "A" on the Multimeter Switch. AC is usually shown as a "~" symbol and DC shown as a "-" symbol. You usually have to move the Multimeter positive lead to a separate socket on the Multimeter. Sometimes there are 2 sockets, a high range and a low range. Always test on the highest setting first. For example: high setting on your multimeter may be 10 Amp. Test on the 10 Amp setting first, then if the current drawn is less than your Multimeter Low setting, move to that setting and keep testing. read more...

Product Review | Motorcycle/ATV/Jetski Winterizing Kit

Posted on November 29, 2010
This powersports weatherizing kit is designed to include all the bits you need to put your motorcycle, jet ski, or ATV away for the winter, insuring that it will be 'ready to ride' as soon as the weather is again favorable.Kit includes:

1 each BatteryMinder 12 volt battery maintainer/desulfator
1 Quart of PRI-G gasoline treatement
1 8" x 12" BatteryMat
1 Battery Terminal cleaning brush
1 10oz Aersol can of Battery Terminal Corrsion preventitive spray read more...

Product Review | Shorai Lithium 7 AH 12 Volt Battery

Posted on November 30, 2010
The Lithium Iron Phosphate battery is the ultimate in weight versus power technology. This battery weighs in at only 1.01 pounds and offers an incredible 102 C.C.A. This is a drop in replacement for your Lead-acid battery, and will require no change to your stock charging system. The LFX07L2-BS12 battery is the "lightweight racing" version , perfect for any application that is normally raced on a track . It is the lightest version of this lithium Iron Phosphate battery in this size and has less starting power than the LFX14L2-BS12. read more...

Written Tutorial | Shorai Lithium Battery Abuse Test

Posted on December 3, 2010
Lithium Iron Phosphate. At first thought, it sounds like a vitamin supplement that I should be taking to calm my nerves and keep the doctor away. While it won’t calm the nerves or help the joints, Lithium Iron Phosphate is actually a battery chemistry that allows for superior energy storage in a much lighter than lead package. Also known as LiFePO4, and in this case LFX, Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have finally made it to the world of Powersports. read more...

Video Feature | AGM Battery Visual Tour

Posted on December 13, 2010
The Absorbed Glass Matte (AGM) Battery is a type of Lead Acid Battery. The plates inside of the cells are covered with active materials, and when a load is applied, the electrolyte in the glass matte allows for easy discharge of electrons. What does this mean? Watch to find out!

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Battery Myth | How Often Should I Charge My Motorcycle, ATV or Boat Battery?

Posted on January 6, 2011
Any type of lead acid battery should always be left in a fully charged condition. Having done that, you should either charge your battery every 30 days or so, or consider getting a smart charger to maintain your battery all the time. These new ‘smart’ chargers will hold the voltage at its prime voltage, while reducing the current to almost nil, thus preventing overcharge even when left on for months at a time. A battery will self discharge over time, even while not in use or connected to anything, thus the benefit of constant maintenance charger. read more...

Written Tutorial | Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery FAQ

Posted on January 10, 2011
What makes Shorai Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries different from other batteries?

A. Shorai LFX batteries contain proprietary eXtreme-Rate Lithium Iron prismatic cells (chemistry LiFePO4). Shorai LFX batteries contain no poisonous lead, no acid, and do not create gasses during charge, as traditional Lead-Acid batteries do. Compared to lead-acid, Shorai LFX lithium are also extremely light, have much lower self-discharge, do not sulfate, and are environmentally friendly. While there are other companies now offering Lithium-Iron based powersports batteries, all except Shorai use cylindrical cells originally made for power tool applications. Such cells are inferior to Shorai Prismatic LFX, for several reasons. read more...

News Update | New Warehouse for BatteryStuff.com

Posted on January 25, 2011
Well, we’ve finally done it. BatteryStuff.com has outgrown our current location and has secured a newer, larger warehouse that will better accommodate all our operations. This larger facility will allow better access for our local customers with a new full service showroom that will make regional pickup and purchasing easier for any walk in traffic. The increase in our warehouse space will allow for more products to be stocked and even added to our already great product lineup. read more...

Battery Maintenance | How to Clean your Motorcycle or Automotive Battery

Posted on February 3, 2011
Battery Maintenance is an important issue.

The battery should be cleaned using a baking soda and water solution; a couple of table spoons to a pint of water. Cable connections need to be cleaned and tightened as battery problems are often caused by dirty and loose connections. read more...

How to choose a Safe & Reliable Boat Battery Charger

Posted on February 7, 2011
Maintaining your boat battery charger is something no one wants to think about. You never want to be "that guy" - you know the one we're talking about. The guy that's sitting in the lake tied to the dock with the engine cover off, kids crying and dog barking. The guy that is dead in the water because his battery is dead. Proper maintenance of your boat battery will ensure that you never become that guy. read more...

Battery Myth | Classic Problem for a Classic Car - A Look at the Jaguar

Posted on February 9, 2011
When you think of classic cars, one car that comes to mind is the Jaguar. Jaguars are and always have been manufactured based on the highest of vehicle standards. Anyone who is an avid collector has one, and those who do not, believe their collection incomplete because of this missing icon of automobile excellence. Most collectors that do posses the Jaguar have found that working on the Jaguar can be extremely rewarding. read more...

Personal Testimony | We Support our ATV Riders

Posted on April 26, 2011
In Western Oregon, we are lucky to have a variety of sand dunes near Florence, Reedsport and Coos Bay. With the coast just miles away, the sea breeze feels nice when you drift along the hot sand. My first time riding on the dunes was an event I will never forget. Particularity when I foolishly challenged a particular hill...and lost. My quad and I came rolling down, and stuck in the sand. Luckily no harm was done...except maybe my pride. read more...
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Written Tutorial | Did I Receive a Bad Battery?

Posted on August 1, 2011
When you order a PowerSports battery from BatteryStuff, you always receive a fresh, ready to install battery. When we ship our maintenance free AGM powersports batteries, they are pre-filled, charged and ready to install. These batteries are sealed and considered “dry” batteries. Because our batteries are freshly activated you may occasionally see small acid stains on the packaging. AGM batteries are ‘fully sealed’, but do have pressure vents sealed underneath the battery top. read more...

News Update | Now Offering Optima Batteries

Posted on August 15, 2011
We are now proud to offer Optima automobile starting batteries! Optima Red tops are not only distinguishable in their appearance, they also uniquely use spiral plates in each cell. These batteries pack a lot of power in 5 seconds, great for starting your car engine every time. Optima batteries are specially designed for rugged use. Because of their unique spiral wound cells, they are 15 times more vibration resistant than conventional batteries. read more...

Back to School

Posted on September 2, 2011
Labor Day Weekend is upon us. The last bit of summer vacation seems to be one of the most important, and most stressful time of the year. There will be many families traveling to visit family, go camping, or go sight seeing. If you ride, enjoy this time before the weather starts to get cooler. When fall comes around, and kids go back to school, don't forget to properly store your "big boy" toys so that they're ready for you next Spring. read more...

NiCd Battery Tutorial

Posted on September 9, 2011
If this is not your first stop in the NiCd information trail I am sure the information that you have read, heard, or found on the internet is just about overwhelming. While limited in application, NiCad batteries are an exceptional choice for all of you cordless power tool requirements. In this tutorial we will do our best at keeping is simple, accurate, and to the point. If you have questions that are not addressed, please let us know and we hopefully be able to help. read more...

Quick Ways to Extend ATV and Motorcycle Battery Life in Summer and Winter

Posted on September 21, 2011
Wow, with fall weather knocking on our door (pounding on some?) it looks like we have just about wrapped up another summer season. And what a summer it was! Some of you had a real blistering summer, while others have got off way too easy. For sure, the weather here is Southern Oregon was absolutely fantastic, with a grand total of 0 days breaking the 100F mark. That is the first time I remember this happening in the 30+ years I have lived here. At the same time, I know some locales have seen record strings of hot weather. I guess it all balances out in the end. So, being a battery related post, you may be wondering what the tie in is to batteries? Actually, the weather plays a very important role in the lifespan of our batteries read more...

Warranty Test Tutorial

Posted on December 12, 2011
One of the facts of life is that batteries fail. Some take years, but eventually they will all bite the dust. Rest assured it is uncommon for our customers to experience battery issues, as less then 1% of the powersports batteries we sell end up requiring a warranty. Our Scorpion brand and Yuasa brand from Motocross come with a 1 year replacement warranty against manufacturer defects. If the battery is suspect and is still under warranty, we will replace it. read more...

Knowledge Base | A New Look

Posted on January 13, 2012
My experience with BatteryStuff has taught me a lot about technical concepts. Most of our products don't require a college degree to understand how to use them. We strongly believe in educating the customer and giving them the ability to make the best decision. We won't fool you into buying the most expensive item. We suggest products based on meeting the needs of your unique application. But before giving us a call and asking all of your questions, why not try a little research? read more...

Get to Know the Brand | Tenergy

Posted on January 25, 2012
In the past, if you had multiple types of batteries you would need multiple chargers for each battery type. But this is no longer the case! Enter, Tenergy. They offer battery chargers in response to the demand for mobile power. They have a line of chargers for NiHM, Li-Ion, Li-Poly, Li-Iron and NiCd batteries . The T-01328, for instance, is an intelligent AC/DC balancing charger that is compatible with six different battery types (all listed above, and more). read more...
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Robin's Corner | How Big of a Battery Do I Actually Need for Back Up?

Posted on January 25, 2012
First thing you need to ask yourself is this…how many amps does it take to run the item per hour (water pump, trolling motor, laptop or cell phone) and then how many hours a day do you want to run it.

Example: you have a 12v water pump that takes 1 amp per hour and you want to run it for 2 hours a day which would equal 2 amps a day. read more...

Battery Myth | How Much Does it Cost to Maintain a Motorcycle Battery?

Posted on March 7, 2012
It's time to be honest. Companies and experts will tell you that it's a good idea to keep your motorcycle battery on a trickle charger/maintainer. They'll claim, accurately so, how it will extend the life of your motorcycle, ATV, or other powersports battery. This is especially important to consider this practice if you let your big boy toys sit in storage during the winter months or off-season. But somehow or another, nobody ever mentions the cost involved in battery maintenance. Is it really worth it? Can't I just buy a cheap battery every 1-2 years instead of purchasing *gasp* a battery charger? read more...

Youtube Videos | BatteryStuff.com Commercials

Posted on March 12, 2012
A few weeks back, we were given the opportunity to film some commercials for an online contest. While we weren't chosen as the winners, we now have two great videos to add to our expanding video library. One of the video editors, James Art Ville, shares his thoughts on the commercials. Read what he has to say:

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Get To Know the Brand | Consider Scorpion Battery

Posted on April 2, 2012
When motorcycle batteries die, you might be hesitant about replacing it with an "aftermarket" brand battery. Now, years after purchasing your bike, you will find that the dealer wants to charge hundreds of dollars for another battery. At this point the thought enters your mind, surely just any 'ol motorcycle battery will do the trick, right? Be careful, however, because I’m sure you still want a quality battery to ensure many more years of life instead of buying cheap replacements every 1-2 years. Not a problem. There are batteries that meet OEM standards, without the OEM price. read more...

Motocross vs. Yuasa | Which is the Best Motorcycle Battery?

Posted on April 11, 2012
You might be looking for a replacement battery for your motorcycle. There's a good chance that the battery that came with your bike may have been a Yuasa, especially if your bike is a Honda or a Suzuki. But now you might be considering a replacement battery, and you're not sure if you can trust another brand. Maybe you got 7-8 years of life from your OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) battery. Can a brand like Motocross compete with that? read more...

Battery Myth | Can a Battery ‘Reverse’ its Polarity?

Posted on May 8, 2012
Actually, yes, but not without help. Reversing the polarity on a battery can happen only a couple of ways. For all intents and purposes, the battery will be ruined. You could technically charge it up, negatively, and continue to use it, but your plates are designed with the positive plates being lead dioxide, and the negative being composed of a sponge lead, which would now be reversed. The fact of the matter is, a lead acid battery cannot reverse its own polarity without an external stimulus. It is just not possible. read more...

How to Tell if Your Battery is Bad in 3 Easy Steps

Posted on June 5, 2012
Having battery troubles? Yeah, we hear you. Almost everyday, we receive calls and comments about batteries that "won't hold a charge" any more. Maybe you've been in that boat before. To clear up a misconception: a battery isn't like a water bottle. You can't use up half now, and then wait and use half later. It's not a tank of electricity. Also, batteries don't "leak" power like water can. What we're dealing with here with a lead acid battery is a plastic box that encases a delicate balance of chemicals which are ready to interact with each other to produce electricity when the load is applied. read more...

Thank You Gift | A Token from Afghanistan

Posted on September 28, 2012
The other week, we received a mysterious package that was shipped to the attention of one of our techs. Inside was a letter written as an appreciation for the customer service received by the writer, Joe. A quick synopsis of the situation is this. Joe ordered a battery for his ATV from us back in April of 2010. Later that year, he was deported overseas to Afghanistan. When he came back, his battery was dead. But we took care of that. read more...

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