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Ballistic Performance 12 Cell EVO2 Battery

The 12 Cell EVO2 and EVO2L models are the work horse of the Ballistic line up. This is the battery you need for your built 1000cc and up four cylinder or your big cruiser. This battery puts out as much power as some of the biggest lead acid batteries on the market but weighs as much as 11lbs lighter! Typical applications include metric-cruisers, small displacement Harley’s, sport-touring bikes, and large sport bikes. A YTX20-BS weighs 14.1lbs while the Ballistic 12 Cell weighs 2.5lbs. That’s a 11.6 lbs saving for less than $190 dollars! Ballistic also offers a EVO2 “L” version with a left side negative terminal to be used as a replacement for the YTX20L-BS.

  • Dimensions: 112MM (L) x 86MM (W) x 103MM (H measured from top of terminal)
  • Positive Terminal Location: Left (Right)
  • Weight: 1100 grams (2.5 lb)
  • Voltage (Charged): 13.6V
  • Amperage: 20 Pbeq A/H
  • Cold Cranking Amps: 410 CCA
  • Operating Environment: -18°C (0°F) to 60°C (140°F)
  • Typical Applications: 1000cc and over multi-cylinder motorcycles and twin’s motorcycles, scooters, and ATVs.

Note: Ballistic Batteries may not be a drop in replacement, some modification to battery box, terminals etc may be necessary. See Ballistic / Yuasa Comparison charts below for detailed measurements and weights.

Your powersports vehicle is the pinnacle of modern technology. It is made with the latest lightweight, high tech materials to be the most high performance vehicle on the road, lake, track or trail. You have modified your powersports vehicle with the best in carbon fiber, titanium, and magnesium in an effort to gain every last ounce of performance. Yet, under your seat is a heavy hunk of lead that was designed in the mid 1800’s.

Ballistic Performance Component Batteries use the latest, state of the art lithium ferrous energy storage technology available to provide you with a smaller, lighter, higher energy battery. Each Ballistic Performance Component Battery is assembled by hand in the USA using computer designed custom proprietary cells, cases, and hardware. As a result, Ballistic Performance Component Batteries will provide more energy out of a smaller package while requiring almost no regular maintenance and under most conditions a longer service life than existing lead acid batteries.

  • Up to 80% smaller than the stock battery
  • Up to 10lbs Lighter than the stock battery
  • Service life of over twice a lead acid in similar conditions
  • Industry leading 3 year warranty
  • Designed, developed, and assembled in the USA
  • Hard mounted brass terminals for a direct replacement installation
  • Completely “dry” technology so batteries can be mounted in any direction
  • Non-toxic, recyclable
  • Applications for powersports vehicles from 50cc - 1800cc
  • Tested extensively by professional race teams
  • Impact and water resistant
  • Works with the original equipment charging system
  • No trickle charger required, loses only 10% of charge over a year of static use

Note: Use Left Negative terminal for replacing YTX20L-BS, YB16CL-B, YB16HL-A-CX and YB16L-B batteries.

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

This is a universal fit part; it may or may not fit without modification.

Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Standard / 12 Cell 815323 100012 Available: Expect 3-4 business days lead time prior to shipment
Left Negative Terminal / 12 Cell 815328 100012L Available: Expect 1-4 business days lead time prior to shipment


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Ballistic Performance 12 Cell EVO2 Battery 4 5 42 42
Never be left stranded by a dead battery Battery keeps charge for months. Enough cca to turn over the biggest of V Twins. My power hungry 1982 XV750J Virago turns over every time! October 5, 2015
Great lightweight battery replacement I went for the Ballistic Performance 8 cell after researching a bunch on the internets... so far so good! It's a great battery for the price - which isn't that much more than OEM. The unit itself is much smaller and lighter than stock, which is great for a sportbike (R6). Cranking power is great so far, cold or warm starts. Hopefully it lasts as advertised. September 22, 2015
Simple drop-in replacement This was my first time swapping out a lead-acid battery for a Li-ion and was very pleased. I was replacing a weak battery and this unit is about 10lbs lighter than the old one as well as being about 1/3 smaller. You may need to pack the new battery with foam or some other material to keep it from rattling around in your battery holder. September 8, 2015
I like it! It's the only battery I could fit on my custom. But it works great; plenty of power to start my 600cc inline four. June 29, 2015
Not great in the cold I've had one of these in my VFR800A for a couple of years now. I've used LiFe technology in other applications and am pretty familiar with its strengths and weaknesses, and I commute to work on my bike all year round. Very reliable battery, cells have maintained their balance, and battery provides good cranking *IF* the temperature is 50F or above. Below that, cranking power goes down quickly to the point of resetting the clock and trip odometers before the motor will start (if it starts). I've actually put a heating pad in the battery box to pre-heat it on cold days using an external USB booster, which helps a lot. I'd probably replace it with a 12-cell model next time for a little bigger capacity margin. Lead battery costs have gone up, so this is still a win in my opinion due to improved reliability and lifetime. March 12, 2015
The battery I've been waiting for. After much research, and because I never liked the OEM batteries on my 2009 Honda CBR1000RR, I purchased this. The original battery, as well as a replacement a few years later, always felt like the battery was weak, no matter what. I believe that Honda, in an effort to eliminated as much weight from the bike as possible, just installed a battery too small for this motorcycle. And the area allowed for it is extremely small as well. This EVO2 make a world of difference. It always starts with plenty of juice. It performs as advertised. Now, hopefully it will last a long time. February 22, 2015
Perfect so far I installed this just before my riding season was over so not much time to test it. It is surprisingly light. It's like it weights nothing compared to an acid battery. I left it in the bike for the winter so far and every time I tried my bike started instantly with a strong cranking. It keeps the charge even in very cold weather with no problem. February 17, 2015
huge difference in starting bike Installed in a 2001 Hayabusa; installation was easy, battery is good quality. Engine cranked and started really fast. I ride most of the year in VA so ill see how it fares over the winter season. I expect alot better than my lead acid batteries in the past. Awesome product. November 10, 2014
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Ballistic Performance 12 Cell EVO2 Battery
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
brian b: Made in the USA, no China garbage. Oct 2, 2015
John A: It is exactly what we needed! May 12, 2015
carlyson d: Recommended by the manufacturer as replacement for OEM. Dec 3, 2014
Brian G: Used this this season and started the bike great. Love it! Nov 29, 2014
D J: Weight savings and the battery's performance with my bike alarm. Nov 2, 2014
Andrew B: Compared it to alienmotion 12cell unit for $30 less but it only had 330CCA and with an Aprilia Twin I needed all the amps I can get. Oct 17, 2014
Mohammad Karam H: best battery ever Sep 29, 2014
Sean W: Works good! Sat all winter long without a charger, come spring, my bike started right up! I just ordered another one for my other bike. Jun 19, 2014
milton h: Weight of battery & friends recomendation Mar 15, 2014
Rick M: tired of crappy tired batteries , I want the best Mar 3, 2014
Katheyn O: Hubby loves his bike and he needed a great battery! Dec 24, 2013
Matthew W: I was tired of the old heavy battery, and always having to use a battery tender. Dec 16, 2013
Richard B: used several and all claims are correct Oct 17, 2013
Chris J asked: Does anyone know if I'm able to fit a 12 cell in my 2007 Yamaha 400 Majesty & what are the advantages of using a12 Cell instead of a 8 Cell especially as the weather is getting colder & I will be driving into work this winter. Any suggestions?... Sep 18, 2013
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Lance R: You should be able to fit it.best bet it to take mesurements and go from there. As far as the power goes you will be able to start fine with either one. The advantage being the smaller battery weighs less. If your not worried about huge weight savings then go with tge bigger battery. The only downside on this battery is in cold mornings I let my libike sit in the ON possition for about a min an then crank the starter. It draws current from the battery to warm up the battery. If you dont do this proceedure the battery will seem weak even though it isnt. All these types of batteries need what they call a wake up. I absolutly love my ballistic batteries. Sep 19, 2013
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Mark S: Chris I have a 12 cell ballistic performance Battery and love it. It performs great and saves a bunch of weight I will probably never buy another lead acid motorcycle battery. The biggest thing I think you need to do is measure your battery tray and compare it to the dimensions of the 12 cell, the biggest concern would be the depth, if the 12 cell can fit buy it, if you can cut the tray and make it fit – you may want to consider that. What you gain over the 8 cell with the 12 is cranking amps. TIP for either choice keep the foamy pad the battery ships in and cut it down to your battery tray size to help secure your Ballistic – more then likely which ever one you go with will be smaller then your stock battery, probably widthwise, this will keep it from sliding around. Hope this helps - Mark Sep 19, 2013
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Robert Lee Q: Yes, they are allot smaller than regular batteries and fit into those small areas.
I've found to crank easier and less wear&tear in the starter amongst other parts.
It has no problem starting in cold weather - it's like the weather never changes.
I can't say enough good things about this battery. The price is well worth it and will buy another one for my other bikes.
I hoe you decide to get it. It will even reduce the weight!
And the best if Revzilla, is you can exchange it, if necessary, so try it out... Gotta have one regardless
Sep 19, 2013
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Christopher D: Well if you are using an 8 cell luiquid battery "stock battery " and you want to replace it with the 12 cell evo2 , then yes it will be smaller than your stock battery and will provide better cold weather starting that the stock battery. More cranking amps ! If you have an 8 cell evo and are looking to move up to the 12 you do need a little more room but these are vary small battery's and almighty powerful I saved 20 lbs on my 1000 bmw by replacing the battery with the 12 cell and now it starts up with enthuseazum at any temperature Sep 18, 2013
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Kingsley B: I don't know if the 12 cell will fit. You should be able to go to Ballistic website and get the dimensions. Then measure your old battery or space for it and that should answer that question. I have a Ballistic 12 cell and have not been happy with it . I am getting with Ballistic soon to see about a replacement. I have 2 other lithium battery's from other manufactures and have had no problems with them. I'll see how there warranty and customer support is and post a review after that. Sep 25, 2013
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Richard M: Well i found i need a 12 cell on my aprilia tuono 1000R but that is a much different moto then yours, i also used 8 cells without any issue in a Kawasaki Versys, and my Tiger 800, both much larger then yours and present more cranking power than you should need. i do not face much cold in costa rica but do go weeks to a month wtihout riding one bike or the other and no issues in like 2 years now. i am thinking to put a 12 cell in my new KTM 1190 Adv as i love the weight sayings. Sep 19, 2013
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David G: Chris, when I was investigating I conversed directly with Ballistic through their website. It was very helpful for me in making a decision.

I bought the 12 cell recommended for my 2000 Hayabusa. I bought this battery because I live in Phoenix, AZ and the heat destroys batteries. I was purchasing a battery about every 2 years. However, when the temp here in Phoenix gets in the 30's, the battery does not have initial power to start the bike on the first or second try. The battery gets stronger with each try like Ballistic states and I have always gotten the bike started. My problem with that is, my bike has a computer, electrontics etc. and so it resets everything everytime it doesn't successfully start. That's the only aspect I don't like. If you don't have a computer etc. that wouldn't be a problem.
Overall I'm very happy with the battery. Very strong cranking - bike fires right up - saves the starters life.
Hope this background helps....
Sep 19, 2013
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Andres R asked: My 1st lithium battery...I feel like I'm killing my starter trying to turn it over...What's the right way to use this? Sep 17, 2014
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David G: The only time I have a problem starting my bike with this battery is when the temperature is below 40F degrees.
I ride a Hayabusa and it has no problem turning the bike over and firing it right up. It does not run the starter excessively to start the bike.
This battery should not be any different than other batteries with starting your bike. If the battery is turning over your bike strong but the bike isn't starting - the problem is somewhere else - air/fuel mixture, spark, etc.
The exception is in cold weather and Ballistic explains this characteristic on their web site. I just give up riding in cold weather...
Sep 27, 2014
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Pedro A: What bike do you have? And what's the outside temp? I have an 848 and it's generally harder to start the big bore twins in colder weather. I found through searching that leaving the key on for about a minute lets the battery "warm up" by powering the lights & instruments cluster. After that, it starts the bike quickly. Hope this helps. Sep 18, 2014
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Kingsley B: What bike is it in? I have 3 bikes with lithium battery's, A 1250cc , and two 650 cc's. Each bike starts immediately, faster than before with lead acid battery's. If your bike doesn't start right away, sounds like you have a engine/tune problem. The starter should spin as fast as before and start sooner. Sep 22, 2014
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Steven R: I usually turn on the ignition, roll the bike out of the garage and then hit the starter button. This slight delay between turning the key and hitting the start switch is enough to warm up the battery to its full potential. Sep 26, 2014
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Kingsley B: They had a problem with the battery in the early days, but mine worked properly, just wouldn't hold a charge for a month. Mine was bought Oct., 2012. Ballistic replaced my battery and I haven't had any problems since. Sep 22, 2014
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Jeremy G: I found turning on all lights and accessories forbade few minutes will allow the battery to warm up sufficiently to start the bike. Sep 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: I love to ride all winter. I only park the bike when there's ice on the roads. I also like to crank up my electrics. I don my heated gloves and jacket in temps under 40f and if I'm running highway speed any length of time below freezing I'll plug in my insoles too. I also have HID driving beams. Is the 12 Cell EVO2 the battery for me? Sep 7, 2015
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Gerald R: I would think it would be fine with your application. I ride during the winter months when it's not icy and plug my heated pants and coat in and it works great. I also have heated grips, PCIII, and ATRE running. I usually ride in 27 and above degree temp. Any colder and my winter gloves w/liners can't handle those temps very long. I strongly recommend this battery. Sep 9, 2015
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