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post #1 of 5 Old 11-13-2019, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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l changed the battery in my Duke 390 for a lithium one.
My maintenance charger was a Ring Smart Charge 4
Which apparently can’t be used on lithium batteries due to various charging parameters and voltages.

So, l just invested £40 in an Optimate 1 Duo
Which claims to be good for “12v lead acid/12.8v lithium (LIFEPO4) batteries”

I came to connect it and on the top of my “lithium” battery is says “lithium ion”

The new charger instructions say “Do not use for NiCd, NiMH, other Li-ion or non-rechargeable batteries”

What does this mean, l take it Li-ion is the same as Lithium ion.
So this charger is no good either?

All the “lithium” bike batteries l have looked at are actually “lithium ion”
Am l reading it wrong?

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I just did some further research online and it says that “lithium” batteries are non-rechargeable while “lithium ion” batteries can be recharged hundreds of times.
So you couldn’t actually have a lithium motorcycle battery.
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Lithium ion is a different chemistry than your charger is capable of.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-14-2019, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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I see that.

But the charger claims to charge “lithium” motorcycle batteries and no motorcycle batteries are lithium

They are all lithium ion phosphate

It’s a bit like engine oil, there used to be one type for all engines, Castrol GTX.
Now there are dozens and you can spend hours online fretting about ash content and saps.

As there was once one type of battery charger and now l’ve got three different types of chargers, and nobody can tell me which one l can actually connect to the battery in my vehicle

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-14-2019, 07:05 PM
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Hey lightning, got a minute?... what brand and model is your battery?
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