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For anyone who owns a motorcycle, you know how important it is to maintain your bike and keep it smoothly running. One of the most important aspects of a motorcycle is its battery. However, if your battery goes dead, knowing what brand and make you should replace it with can be difficult.

Today I will be going over what I consider to be the best motorcycle batteries on the market, and answer these questions: What makes them great? Which ones come already wet? What should I be looking for in a motorcycle battery?

Motorcycle Battery Comparison

ProductDimensionsVoltageAh (amp-hour)
YTX12-BS High Performance – Maintenance Free – Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery

 

5.9 x 3.4 x 5.1 inches12 Volt10AHCheck Best Price
Yuasa YUAM620BH YTX20HL-BS Battery

 

9 x 7.8 x 6 inches12 Volt18AHCheck Best Price
MX30L – Motorcycle Battery – 600+ CCA

 

6 x 5 x 6 inches12 Volt30AHCheck Best Price
ACDelco ATX20LBS Specialty AGM Powersports JIS 20L-BS Battery

 

8.9 x 7.3 x 6.8 inches12 Volt12AHCheck Best Price
YTX5L-BS High Performance – Maintenance Free – Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery

 

4.5 x 2.8 x 4.1 inches12 Volt4AHCheck Best Price
YTX30L-BS High Performance Power Sports Battery6.5 x 5 x 6.9 inches12 Volt30AHCheck Best Price
YTX4L-BS 4L-BS Lithium Ion Sealed Battery 12V – 120 CCA Motorcycle Scooter ATV Powersports

 

4.5 x 3.3 x 2.8 inches12 Volt4 AHCheck Best Price
UPG UB14A-A2 – OEM YB14A-A2 – Motorcycle Battery5.5 x 3.5 x 7 inches12 Volt14AHCheck Best Price
Shorai LFX09L2-BS12 Extreme Rate Lithium Iron Powersports Battery

 

2.3 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches12 Volt7AHCheck Best Price
HDX30L – Harley Davidson Replacement Motorcycle Battery

 

6.5 x 5.3 x 6.7 inches12 Volt28AHCheck Best Price

The Top 10 Best Motorcycle Battery Reviews 2017

YTX12-BS High Performance – Maintenance Free – Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery – Best Corrosion Free Battery

The first motorcycle battery I will be looking was developed by the Chrome Battery company and is the first in this series of motorcycle batteries that I consider to be the best. The YTX12-BS High-Performance Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery is a very affordable option when looking to replace or install a new battery inside your motorcycle.

But with any cheap battery, does it sacrifice quality because of its cheap price? Or does it offer incredible features to benefit your motorcycle for a long period of time?

Features

  • Chrome battery
  • Measures 5.1” by 5.91” by 3.43”
  • Maintenance free
  • Comes fully charged
  • Sealed lead acid battery
  • AGM design
  • No leakage or corrosion
  • 60-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied
  • 18-month warranty (with exceptions)
  • Weighs 7.5 pounds
  • Resistant to vibrations
  • Improved performance for a long time

There have been reported durability issues. Furthermore, this battery does not fit all motorcycles. Therefore, users should check its compatibility with their motorcycle before buying this product.

Pros
  • Fits well with almost all motorcycles
  • Good battery for the price
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Lasts a long time
Cons
  • Installation can be tricky
  • Battery has no notches to hold and raise nut
  • Space between top of posts and battery too large

The YTX12-BS High Performance Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery is a great battery to purchase for its price; it is very affordable, strong and durable, which is the main reason it is included on this list. The installation might be a little bit tricky because this battery does not come equipped with notches to hold and raise the nut, a pretty bad design flaw.

So, while the installation process may be a nightmare, once it is in, it runs like a dream and will last you a long time. If you are willing to overlook the installation, I would say it is worth buying.

Yuasa YUAM620BH YTX20HL-BS Battery – Best Overall Battery

Up next is an averagely priced battery built to keep your motorcycle running smooth and for long periods of time. This one is called the Yuasa YUAM620BH YTX20HL-BS Battery, developed by the Yuasa company. While this battery is competitively priced, we should look at how it competes with the others in its category. I can assure you there is a great reason why it has been included on this list as one of the best motorcycle batteries on the market today.

Features

  • 12 volts
  • 18-amp hour
  • Comes with cranking amps that are 310 cold
  • Maintenance-free battery
  • Sealed completely and won’t spill
  • All acid gets stored in the special plates
  • Do not need to add water
  • State-of-the-art calcium technology
  • Supplied dry with an acid bottle
  • High performance
  • Measures 9” by 7.8” by 6”
  • Weighs 13 lbs.

The battery comes dry and users have to add the chemicals and then charge it before it can be used.

Pros
  • Works as described
  • Great quality
  • Strong charge
  • Holds charge for long periods
  • Shipped dry, you put acid in
  • Never will spill, bulletproof system
Cons
  • Some may be turned off by adding acid

Unlike others on this list, the Yuasa YUAM620BH YTX20HL-BS Battery comes completely dry and you must add the acid yourself. I did not know this when I first bought it and threw me off guard. However, this is not a big deal at all; it is so easy to add the acid yourself even though to the human mind it sounds dangerous.

Once the acid is added, this battery runs like a dream. It is one of the best motorcycle batteries at its price point and I strongly recommend it to those who don’t mind adding the acid themselves.

MX30L – Motorcycle Battery – 600+ CCA – Best OEM Compatible Battery

Another battery on this list developed by “ThrottleXBatteries,” the MX30L – Motorcycle Battery is an inexpensive option. When we have a cheap battery, as I stated before, we want to make sure that it will still last you a while. So how does this certain type hold up and is it worth it at the end of the day?

Features

  • Chrome battery
  • Maintenance free
  • Comes completely charged
  • Sealed led acid
  • The design prevents and leaking or corrosion
  • Comes with a 60-day money back if you don’t like it
  • 18-month warranty with exceptions
  • Absorbed glass mat technology
  • Lead calcium alloy
  • OEM compatible

Although this is quite a popular choice when it comes to batteries, one of the main drawbacks is its instruction manual is hard to understand.

Pros
  • Fantastic price
  • Works like a charm
  • Easy to install
  • Will never spill
  • Made with the highest level of materials
Cons
  • No additional features
  • A standard battery, nothing special
  • Awful instruction manual

I must admit there is something I loved about buying from the company, “ThrottleX Batteries.” They have exceptional customer service for all their products and a great 60-day money back guarantee. This is always something to look for in case you get a dud battery; they will just send you a new replacement.

I do recommend the MX30L because of easy installation, even if you know nothing about cars. Some have even lasted up to 15 years! The only downside is the instruction manual was very poorly written, and I had to call customer service for a few questions during installation because I just couldn’t understand. I still strongly recommend the MX30L.

ACDelco ATX20LBS Specialty AGM Powersports JIS 20L-BS Battery – Best Spill Proof Battery

Though not one of the cheapest models on the list, the ACDelco ATX20LBS Powersports JIS 20L-BS Battery is competitively priced. Manufactured by the ACDelcoCompany, this battery comes with a lot of design features to enhance the lifetime of your battery, and make sure your motorcycle is constantly running smoothly.

Features

  • Shipped dry, comes with acid pack to fill when you get it
  • Lasts a long time
  • Comes with easy to use acid bottle to put correct amount of acid in
  • Designed with an absorbed glass mat
  • Spillproof, no water will be lost
  • Must install vent caps, then will be sealed and maintenance free
  • No liquid required when sealed
  • Weighs 13.9 lbs.
  • Measures 8.9” by 7.3” by 6.8”
  • Must be charged with 12 volts before installing

Needs to be charged before installation. Terminals on this battery are hollow cast and not the solid threaded type.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Great replacement
  • Charges fast
  • Can be stored easily if not being used
  • Built by a great company
Cons
  • Not the longest battery life

I think the ACDelco company is truly a fantastic manufacturer of motorcycle batteries. However, I do find the ACDelco ATX20LBS Specialty AGM Powersports JIS 20L-BS Battery is great if you are looking for a cheap replacement battery (for not the longest time). While it works great, I found it does not have that long of a battery life, and you are looking at just over a year if you are lucky.

I only recommend this one to those who need a replacement right away and want one that works great. Just to note, it does come dry so you will have to add the acid and seal it yourself! Some people do not like that and want one already complete.

YTX5L-BS High Performance – Maintenance Free – Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery – Best Heavy Duty Terminals

Again, this is another battery made by the fantastic company, “Chrome Battery.” They have a few batteries on this list for a reason: They make great products. The YTX5L-BS High Performance Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery is one of the cheapest batteries that they make and is one of the cheapest on this list. So, with it being so cheap, does it hold up? Will it last for as long as you need it to?

Features

  • Zero spills and will not leak
  • Built with AGM separators throughout the design
  • Terminal is heavy duty
  • Resistant to strong vibrations
  • Lifecycle has been improved for longevity
  • Comes fully filled, sealed, and charged
  • Considered in a line of high-performance batteries
  • Constructed with lead calcium alloy
  • Uses absorbed glass mat technology
  • Fully maintenance free
  • Volts is 12
  • 4 amps
  • 48 watts
  • Weighs 4 lbs.

The only drawback of this battery is that it is not very durable.

Pros
  • Charges fast
  • Comes fully made, no maintenance required
  • Easy to install
  • Strong charge
  • Durable
  • Strong build
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Is more of a replacement battery
  • Will not last for a very long time

With any extremely cheap battery, such as the YTX5L-BS High Performance Sealed AGM Motorcycle Battery, you need to understand exactly what you are getting. For a battery this cheap, it is to replace a current battery and hopefully will run smoothly for as long as it can.

Of course, it won’t be up to the highest quality of some of the more expensive and high-end models. However, I think this is a fantastic battery and worth buying, especially if you are in a jam. The bottom line is that it works great, is easy to install, charges fast, and comes fully made. You don’t have to pour acid or set it up yourself; it is ready to be used. I think it is the best motorcycle battery at its price point of being very cheap.

YTX30L-BS High Performance Power Sports Battery – Best Vibration Free Battery

Developed by Pirate Battery, the YTX30L-BS High Performance Power Sports Battery has been produced to give your motorcycle the juice it needs to run smoothly. It is averagely priced, and competitive with all the products on this list. But does it offer anything new we haven’t seen before, and how does it compare?

Features

  • Measures 6.89” by 6.54” by 4.96” (H x L x W)
  • Never needs any maintenance, comes full charged
  • Sealed lead acid battery
  • Designed with AGM, no leaks or corrosion
  • Comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee
  • 12 volts
  • 360 watts
  • weighs 10.7 lbs.
  • Resistant to vibrations

Some customers have reported quality and durability issues for this battery.

Pros
  • Excellent working battery
  • Durable
  • AGM protectors work great
  • Never spills
  • Cranks right up even after sitting for a long time
  • Fits great
Cons
  • Terminals are not the best (loose screws)
  • A bit of an old-fashioned battery
  • Must bolt battery together

At the end of the day, I still recommend getting the YTX30L-BS High Performance Power Sports Battery because it does work, and works well. Something that you should be careful of though, is that the terminals are not developed the best and are what I call, “old school.” This entire battery has an old-fashioned vibe to it, which is okay and still works, but you should know this.

YTX4L-BS 4L-BS Lithium Ion Sealed Battery 12V – 120 CCA Motorcycle Scooter ATV Powersports – Best Pollution Free Battery

The YTX4L-BS 4L-BS Lithium Ion Sealed Battery 12V comes developed by MMG and is here to provide you with a lighter battery. Anyone who owns a motorcycle knows how crucial it is to find a battery that not only fits your bike, but does not add that much weight. This is what this battery sets out to do, but how does it work? Does it hold up when compared to heavier batteries?

Features

  • Takes up less space and is lighter, 1/3 of the normal size of a battery
  • No maintenance for at least a year
  • Charges fast
  • More than 2,000 cycles
  • Does not cause pollution
  • No acid metals such as lead, cadmium, or mercury
  • Weighs only 1.1 pounds
  • Measures 4.5” by 3.3” by 2.8”
  • 6-month replacement warranty
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Comes fully activated and fully charged
  • No spills ever because no acid
  • Charge indicator light shows how much charge is left

The only drawback of this battery is that it does not handle weather well and quickly dies in very cold conditions.

Pros
  • Incredibly light
  • Works great
  • Strong battery
  • Durable for how small it is
  • Perfect fit on a small bike
  • Doesn’t lose charge after months
Cons
  • Has difficulties with weather (very cold especially)

So how does the YTX4L-BS 4L-BS Lithium Ion Sealed Battery 12V hold up? Well, indeed it is exactly as advertised and offers the lightest battery on the list today. In fact, I think it is simply a fantastic battery and is strong, especially for how small it is.

First and foremost, make sure it can work with your bike and will fit; this is built for smaller motorcycles. The only con is that I found was that during the winter months, it sometimes had difficulty starting, especially if it was very cold out. The rest of the year it works great, charges fast, and hopefully will last a long time.

UPG UB14A-A2 – OEM YB14A-A2 – Motorcycle Battery –Best Budget Friendly Option

This battery is incredibly affordable and comes developed by UPG. Since that company is not as well-known as the others on this list, how does it hold up when compared to the others? Is it worth the buy?

Features

  • 12 volts
  • 14 Ah capacity
  • 1-year warranty
  • Lead acid wet pack
  • Measures 5.5” by 3.5” by 7”
  • 5 lbs.

There have been issues that the battery is cheaply constructed.

Pros
  • Great price
  • Works great
  • Smooth start
  • Comes fully made
Cons
  • Not as high end as other products
  • Potential to spill

The UPG UB14A-A2 – OEM YB14A-A2 – Motorcycle Battery while great, simply does not hold up against the others on this list. It still is very affordable, however, I would tend to lead people towards one of the others mentioned before. There is no way to tell how much charge is left in this battery, and the technology to reduce any spilling is also not up to par with the rest.

Shorai LFX09L2-BS12 Extreme Rate Lithium Iron Powersports Battery – Best Lightweight Battery

This is the second battery on our list that is designed and marketed as being ultra-light. The only battery on our list from the Shorai Company, the Shorai LFX09L2-BS12 Extreme Rate Lithium Iron Powersports Battery, is one of the priciest batteries on our list, even though it is still very affordable. So, with it being so light, does it still work as good as the heavier models? Should you even consider buying it?

Features

  • Very light, 1/5 of the weight of the average batteries (lead based) on the market
  • Very safe, no explosive gases
  • Can crank faster than most
  • Discharge and dispose
  • Recharges very fast
  • Black
  • Weighs 1.3 lbs.
  • Measures 2.3” by 4.5” by 3.5”
  • Type 2 battery

This battery does not handle cold weather very well and dies if not kept on charge for a while.

Pros
  • Super light
  • Compact
  • Durable design
  • Great look
  • Safe
  • Easy to crank
  • Well packaged
  • Foam pads work great
Cons
  • May not fit certain bikes

I am not going to lie, it was very difficult to find a con for the Shorai LFX09L2-BS12 Extreme Rate Lithium Iron Powersports Battery. I recommend this battery almost more than any other on the list because it is truly fantastic. Not only it is one of the lightest batteries on the market today, it is super powerful.

There are some batteries that are hard to crank and get started. However, this model comes with an easy crank feature and I have never had a hard time with it. It is well-packaged and incredibly safe to use. While it is pricier than others on the list, I think it is well worth the price because it will save you money down the road, as it will not need to be replaced. Just make sure it will fit your bike before you purchase, as it is quite small.

HDX30L – Harley Davidson Replacement Motorcycle Battery – Best AGM Battery

The final product on our list today is also one of the only batteries on our list that is fully made in America. This is a great sign even starting out. However, it is also one of the most expensive batteries on this list. The HDX30L – Harley Davidson Replacement Motorcycle Battery has been built by ThrottleX Batteries. So, with its high price tag, is there a reason it is more expensive? Does it offer more features than others on this list?

Features

  • Fits all Harley Models from 1997-2016
  • Made entirely in the USA
  • Maintenance free
  • Comes fully charged and ready to install
  • Even though it is a replacement, has same quality as original battery
  • Weighs 23 lbs.
  • Comes built with AGM (absorbed glass mat) technology that makes it not spill at all
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • 18-month replacement warranty
  • Really hard lead female threaded terminal
  • Comes with bolts that are stainless steel

The battery does not come fully charged. Some customers have also reported durability issues.

Pros
  • Fits perfectly
  • A superb, strong battery
  • Comes fully charged
  • No maintenance ever, just install
  • Easy to use
  • Charges fast
  • Just as good as the original
Cons
  • Only built for Harleys

If you own a Harley Davidson, the HDX30L – Harley Davidson Replacement Motorcycle Battery is the best replacement battery you can buy on the market today. It is just as good, if not better, than the original battery on most machines, and you won’t notice a difference. It fits perfectly and was easy to install. The only downside is yes, this is built for only Harley-Davidson bikes and should not be used in another make of motorcycle.

Editor’s Choice

Editor’s Budget Choice – YTX5L-BS

If you have budgeted a certain amount and you are in need of a good quality battery, the YTX5L-BS Battery Replacement is a good option.

Editor’s Overall Choice – Yuasa YUAM620BH YTX20HL-BS

If you are in need of a high-quality battery that is able to last three times longer than most batteries, the Yuasa YUAM620BH YTX20HL-BS Battery wins’ hands down. This is one 12 V battery that won’t disappoint!

Editor’s Best Features Choice – MX30L – Motorcycle Battery – 600+ CCA

Last but not the least, I would highly recommend the MX30L – Motorcycle Battery – 600+ CCA if you are looking for a very affordable battery that comes with amazing features. This maintenance-free battery will not let you down.

How to Choose the Best Motorcycle Battery – Buyer’s Guide

Compatibility

First and foremost, when looking for a new motorcycle battery you have to find one that will fit your bike and is compatible with your bike. Certain batteries only work with certain brands. This will help narrow down your search and help you find the one that works best for you.

Reliability

You also want to find a battery that comes with the latest technology to avoid any spillage whatsoever. A faulty battery has the potential to actually destroy your bike so this is very important. Find one from a reliable company that has the technology required to avoid spillage.

Wet or Dry?

Now some batteries come dry, where you have to add the acid yourself and also seal it yourself, while others come all set, fully charged, and ready to go. Find out what will work best for you, as some people don’t want anything to do with filling their battery with additional acid.

Battery Life

At the end of the day, you simply want a battery that first off works and that will also last you a long time. Find a battery with the longest battery life you can, and even if it is pricier at first than most models on the market it will be worth it in the long run!

I have created this list after doing an extensive research in order to help you in finding the best battery of your choice that also meets each or most of your requirements. As you must know, there are lots of different manufacturers in the business today that offer many products with various features. With so many choices available in the market today, it can be a challenge to choose and pick one product that meets all your needs.

Recap

When you are looking for the perfect battery for your precious motorcycle, you need to consider a lot of aspects before you buy a certain product. These features include but are not limited to, the compatibility with your motorcycle, durability, size, maintenance, and price. I included all these aspects when I conducted my research and came up with this list. However, I strongly suggest that you do your own research before making a decision because only you know your requirements best.

All these mentioned batteries are worthy of your attention and come with their own advantages and disadvantages and it is completely up to you as to which product you decide to buy.

Conclusion

You simply cannot go wrong with any of the batteries I listed above in my top 10 list. Even though in my opinion, some are better than others, the reason I chose them is they have the best reviews for any batteries online. This is why all of them qualify for the best motorcycle battery!

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