For ease of travel, I have a bike stored outside at an airport and I use it about every 2 months.
At the moment the bike has a traditional standard lead/acid battery in it.
As the battery is not new, I figure it is only a matter of time before it becomes sulfated and and can no longer be used.
I was therefore considering a GEL battery as a replacement and I am wondering if these would last longer under such conditions?
Thanks for any tips.
Looking into this some more, it seems that a gel battery is actually just another type of lead acid battery so I don't think it will be any less prone to becoming sulfated up.
I'll keep looking round for another alternative.
Just disconnect the negative terminal of the battery. Then, you can also replace it with a lithium one because has a lesser self discharge rate.
That's handy, I hadn't thought of disconnecting the negative terminal to slow the rate of discharge, nice tip. thanks.
i decided against a Lithium Ion battery in the end, as I understand that once they are completely discharged they can no longer be recharged again (that and the price :))
If the bike is stored outside and in a secure location, then one of the cheap little PV panels hooked to the battery will keep the battery in good fettle. I use one on a couple of bikes for longer term storage where I did not have a mains supply. It worked!
That's very handy to know.
Thanks for the useful suggestion
I've never had that problem with the battery not been able to be charged once flat. and a solar panel is the way to go I've two and they work fine even in low light conditions