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Ballistic Performance 12 Cell EVO2 Battery Standard / 12 Cell [Open Box]
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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)
  • 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 and recycleable
  • 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.

Bang For The Buck
3.9 / 5
Ease Of Install
3.9 / 5
4.1 / 5

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

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

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3.9 / 5.0
17 Reviews
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1 Star
Bang For The Buck
3.6 / 5
3.7 / 5
3.7 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.8 / 5
3.8 / 5
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Do not buy!
Ballistic Performance Components recommended a 12 cell EVO2 battery for my 2010 BMW R1200 GS Adventure. This battery would not reliably turn my engine over especially when the temperature was lower than 50 F. The dealer arranged a replacement for me to try again. This one too was too weak to crank over my 1200 cc boxer engine.
After speaking with Ballistic, the owner himself replaced my 12 cell battery with the 16 cell battery. This worked ok but still had some problems when the temperature dropped below 35 F.
On a recent long distance trip, the 16 cell battery suddenly failed and would not even turn over my engine. After returning the battery to Ballistic Performance Components, I was told that the battery was full of water and most likely had been submersed in water. The water caused the battery to short out. Now it is useless after 10 months and would not be covered under warranty.
Here is the problem... My 16 cell battery was never submersed in water! In fact my bike was not even washed in this time period. I ride every day rain or shine. The owner could not tell me why the water was in the battery other than it MUST have been submersed in water. I believe that there was a flaw in the plastic housing such as a crack or poor weld that allowed wheel spray into the battery.
How can Ballistic Performance Components sell a product that is advertised as impact and water resistant and that can be mounted in any position for any power sport? Evidently, this battery is not ready for prime time! Do not purchase!
February 18, 2014
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Good but not that great.
Got a 12L for Christmas from the wife. Was 11.2V out of the box. Put it on my battery tender for a couple of days brought it to 13.8V. Sunday a week ago My wife and I were left stranded 45 miles outside San Antonio, TX with No Electrical power. After paying through the nose to the Kaw hauled Home I found that this $179.00 marvel was dead reading only 7.3V. Placed the battery from my Buell in the Kaw and it started. Checked the stator and regulator both static and running and both checked out. Now after sitting a week it reads 11.7V with out haveing seen a charger. If you want to be stranded this is the battery for you!!! Go with an AGM Product.
January 27, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
3 / 5
powerful and very light, but don't let it discharge
There's not much to say about these things. Look, it's light. If you want to drop serious lbs. for very little money per pound (relative to the motorcycle world anyway) than you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value. It also drives my starter quite a bit faster than the stock battery - almost seems to crank twice as fast.

However, be aware that you are not supposed to let it discharge below 30% (as shown in the warranty). Now, I'm not sure how you're supposed to know the charge state. You probably need to get a maintenance charger that's designed for LiPo batteries. I had a Motocentric MC750 on it and it discharged anyway(!). I'm sure it was the charger's fault so I've since purchased this awesome battery status device, Battery Tender 081-0157 that should help. Be aware of this or any other parasitic voltage drain.

Having said that and the main reason why I wanted to post this review is that I'm happy and grateful for their customer service. Since it did discharge completely they technically didn't have to honor the warranty but they did. It also failed literally a week after the first year of the warranty was up but they gave me a full replacement anyway. Now THAT is the kind of customer service you hope for.

In short, it's light and powerful but don't let it discharge too much.
January 5, 2016
2001 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ballistic EVO2 12 cell - 2 year review.
I've owned 2 Ballistic EVO2 12 cell batteries now over 2 years. Both were used in my Triumph Sprint ST 1050, which is NOT an easy bike to crank over. I've had at least 3 Pb cells that when they start to age cant turn it over when they are anything but fully charged.

Battery 1: I received the first battery mid summer in prep for a big motorcycle ride. I used it for a 2600 mile trip through the mountains and desert. Weather swings were from 112F mid day one day, and 25F on another depending where I was. The battery performed flawless in all cases.

After that ride, and the months that followed, I noticed a fairly consistent drop in voltage and found the charging system was crapping out. I replaced it, but the battery itself was self discharging at a rate far higher than expected.

After leaving the bike parked for 2 weeks, I came down and found the battery at the 7v Mark, WAY below where it should be.

I put it on a very high end RC charger that can do LiFe chemistry, and checked the internal resistance of the cells. I found one that was super high, and its voltage was 0. So I had a cell go bad.

I called Ballistic and worked out a replacement since I was just a month or so over the first year. They replaced the battery with almost no trouble. Which was awesome! This was an unfortunate issue with a single cell internally that caused the whole pack to start to drain. Which should be an indication of how these batteries may be more fragile than their heavy brethren.

Battery 2: When I got the replacement, there was a clear difference in construction. The Battery 1 felt hollow, and like the cells had some movement room around them. Battery 2 was solid, but still light. I am guessing they are filling the case with something now to keep the battery cells immobile.

I have had this battery for almost a year now, and just put it on that same charger again. After sitting for a month on the bike, the voltage dropped about 1V to 12.5, I checked the cells and they were all within .3v of one another after a year of use between balancing. My bike has a bit of a vampire current draw on it from some electronics I have on the bike, so the voltage drop isn't surprising. But I know I can leave the bike easily for a month and still have it ready to go, or disconnect it and it will be solid for a good long time.

Only issues I have with the battery is I needed to break and peal back the black plastic protectors around the screw lugs to get the wires to attach solid. Not a big deal. Otherwise, its small, light, ready to go all the time, and consistent in any temp I use it in. I know it's slow to turn over in the very cold, but it does start once you put a load across the battery to warm it up.

Reason I give it 4 or 5, is because of the failure I had on one of the cells, which if the company didn't stand behind it I wouldn't give this 1 star... But they did and made it right, which is good on an almost $200 battery.
December 9, 2013
2005 Triumph Sprint ST
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
10lbs lighter on my ST1300
When I received the product I thought the box was empty. Someone made a mistake at shipping was my response. Holding the battery I wondered if it will do the job. The installation was relatively easy and cutting the foam to shape made the install not difficult. After I finish and saw all the empty space my mind started to come ideas to place more gadgets inside my bike.
On the road. Starting the bike was easier and all my gadgets like the new battery. I also noticed that my mpg increased a bit. 10lbs off makes a difference.
Great product and amazing performance. I am waiting for Ballistic to make car batteries.
August 12, 2013
2004 Honda ST1300 ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Great product! Flawless starting even when very cold if done right.
This battery has kept my 650 v-twin atv operating where standard batteries have failed many times. Working an acreage with a 25 gal. sprayer running nonstop, winching trees and debris, running a plow during the winter, etc. This battery has never let me down. Cold weather starting is a snap after leaving the headlights or hand warmers on for a minute. Just a slight pre-load and the carbureted bike fires off on the first attempt every time with no lag in the starter (hand warmers work great). I have checked many times with a voltmeter and have never had an instance where the battery has required charging thus far. I'm looking forward to testing more this fall and winter.
August 5, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Smaller for better airflow for back cylinder
* 1989 Buell with Harley XLH 1200 motor.
* Will not start on the first hit. But this is normal for this technology.
* Wait 5-10 sec. and starts every time.
* Just as their video states, it needs to warm up internally.
* Because it is nearly 1/2 the size of standard battery the air can easily exit past the back cyl. past the back wheel.
* Engine now runs cooler. That was the goal.
August 10, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
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
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
3 / 5
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
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
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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