Ballistic Performance 8 Cell EVO2 Battery
A battery for dedicated purposes, unreliable, expensive, necessary evil? You decide!
This is my second Ballistic.
The first one, used as a backup, started to perform badly just after two years of seeing very little action.
These batteries are small, light, pack a punch and are great as a portable spare.
The drawbacks are price, poor performance at low temperatures, and in my opinion more unpredictable and unreliable than a standard batt.
Why I insist on these? Well I like the idea, they are easy to carry on a plane, shed weight off the bike, in concept there are the path to the future.
Would I recommend them? Well, yes and no. It all depends what you want to achieve.
I did not get much after sales support when my battery started to play games.
I did not get an invoice from Revzilla either that supports my warranty.
A word of warning:
Be very meticulous in ordering the right post location for your battery as these come with Left or Right ground. If you order the wrong one you have two issues: 1. the fitting will be difficult because the posts have a L shaped plastic shield and going over those with the wires will surely break them (happened to me). Also, wrong post location may lead to connecting the battery the wrong way and frying all circuits! Yes, I did that too but since I had a ground cutoff switch I realized my mistake seconds from disaster.
October 20, 2014
no more corrosion
This battery was easy to install, just use the foam that comes in the box to fill in the additional space that will be in your battery tray. You may have a little bit of trouble making your battery leads reach the terminals, but with a bit of fancy footwork and clever thinking you should be good to go with the stock set up. I do recommend purchasing the ballistic battery quick charger set up as well, it comes in handy if your bike sits for too long. That being said, I have let mine sit for two months and it started up with no issues.
September 29, 2014
Compact and Powerful
I ordered this battery because I needed the smallest battery possible because I bobbed the tail of the bike and real estate is at a minimum. I assumed I was going to run into cranking issues as the bike is a 1000cc Vtwin sportbike. (2002 Aprilia RSV Mille) However up until this point I have had ZERO issues with the battery, the bike fires right up every time. Some reviews say that the battery doesn't do well in cold conditions but I live in south Louisiana so that doesn't happen too often and if it does I drive something with a heater.
September 29, 2014
Expensive but worth it...so far
I bought the Ballistic 8-Cell EVO2 battery because I was sick of the traditional/ancient lead acid batteries. I don't race so the weight savings doesn't really appeal to me too much but it really is significantly lighter. The smaller size is nice but it actually make's it a little more awkward with battery straps and cables being far too loose now. On the other hand, the small size made it possible for me to twist my connection points to get to the terminals. Which brings me to my next point, it would be nice if Ballistic made the batteries with reversed posts for those bikes that don't have the space to flip the battery in a different orientation to make it fit. Those are small potatoes though because the power output on this battery is noticeably better than my past lead acid batteries. I've never had my bike start up faster, and has plenty of juice for my 750cc Ducati Monster. I honestly haven't had it installed for very long or started up in really cold conditions so I might have to report back in a year or so with more durability testing, but based on first impressions, this is definitely a huge improvement from the old days. Lastly, the price is quite steep and I don't really know if it's worth it yet, but I can tell you it will probably be very difficult for me to switch back to a lead acid once this one eventually dies. Overall, I am very pleased with the battery so far and would recommend it to anyone that is just fed up with old battery technology.
April 23, 2014
Works great in warmer weather but watch out for the cold
Bought this since I wanted to try a smaller battery and my Yuasa was due for a replacement. I also got tired of hooking up my tender to it all the time and wanted to see what all the rave about with lithium batteries.
Couldn't believe how small and light it was. It seems to work well in warmer temps and engine cranks up on the first try. However, cold weather starts really suck and I'm worried I might damage my sprague clutch when it cranks and winds down. I have to hit the starter a few times and wait in between each attempt to wait for the battery to "warm up". Once the battery is ready, it works as it should.
I only recommend this battery for folks who live in warmer climate and I'll probably get a regular battery next time around. I also noticed (as they advertise) that no tender needs to be hooked up to it and I can let the bike sit for a long period of time to have the bike start up on the first try.
April 28, 2014
not the ideal motorcycle battery
Great concept, tech specs look good, but battery start-up performance thus far during the winter months is not good. My BMW F800GS is almost impossible to start in colder temps. Ballistic Performance has a video posted showing start-up procedure in colder weather, and my experience is no where near as good as what's shown in the video. Two to four minutes trying to start-up, with the bike electrical system and my GPS and other electronics gear continuously resetting, is not good. However, I have decided to keep the battery and see how it does in spring and summer (reinstalled old lead battery for the remainder of the winter). There is a tremendous weight savings with the Ballistic Performance battery, and that high on the bike the weight is definitely noticeable. Hopefully the battery will function in a more acceptable manner in 60+ degree temps.
March 13, 2014
Technology is Awesome
I was a little nervous about buying this. $150 is a nice chunk of cash. However, I am happy with my purchase.
I checked the voltage of the battery after unboxing and it read an even 13.5 volts. I used some scrap, inch-thick neoprene to fill in all the extra space and to immobilize the battery.
I did have to clip some plastic off from around the positive terminal to keep it from blocking the cable, but other than that, the install was painless.
Fired up my 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650 on the first try. Plenty of juice. It's only the first day, but so far so good.
January 17, 2014
Nice and light!
I have a 2010 Yamaha R6
Its about 10lbs lighter than the original
It starts up nice and solid with my HID lights
it was shipped to me with a weak charge, not sure if this was the battery its self or if its just been sitting on the shelf's for awhile (jump started my bike in 2nd and drove around the block and 'its fine' now... Works great but still makes me nervous)
Not really a 'Con' but worth noting,
The battery is smaller than the original dimension wise, but comes packed in a nice fitted pad of foam, I used the original battery as my template and cut the foam to match the dimensions so this new battery wouldn't get jostled around
January 13, 2014