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9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42929
04/02/05 3:18 pm
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Want to try one of these new acid free batteries. Have a choice of 9 or 7 amp. Any advantage to 9 vs 7? Would be for my 1970 BSA Tbolt w/Boyer.

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Geoff Ullmann
San Jose, CA


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Re: 9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42930
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Depends if you run lights on all the time or not, the 9 is better as the light output will stay higher for longer at low revs.

Re: 9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42931
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Hey Geoff - In my experience the Boyer seems to like the 9 amp battery better, especially if you ever turn on your lights. bigt


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Re: 9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42932
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I run the 9ah gel cell battery in my '70 Thunderbolt (with Boyer) and need to have the lights on during the day and it works great. Fits easily in the existing battery space.

Re: 9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42933
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Batteries are rated by amp-hours (not amps). It is a measure of the discharge rate the battery will provide for one hour. It is not exact and is only a measure fo the battires capacity. Without continuous recharging a 9 amp-hour battery is suppose to discharge at a one amp rate from full charge to nothing in 9 hours while a seven amp-hour batter will do the same in seven hours.

Several bikes that I have built or repaired run with "batteryless" or "battery eliminator" Boyer Power Boxes. While It seems nice to run without the battery, on the street little things like the brake lamp being on at an idle will kill the motor. The voltage is so low at idle (less than 9 volts DC) with this system if the 3 amp brake lamp is illuminated that the Boyer Ignition stops working. The fix is a battery of course. In these instances I have added a computer gel cell battery of (2.2 amp-hours) and the problem is solved. That battery was chosen because of its small size (about the size of three pack of cigarettes stacked end to end).

The point being that if your charging system keeps your battery fully charged, the Boyer Ignition will work just fine, no matter the amp-hour rating of your battery. The battery limits how long you can run with the charging system that is in a reduced output stage of repair. Add to that point that with no lighing load the Boyer works well enough to propel my Rickman Triumph in MX races without a hiccup as well as my dual sport Triumph TR5T (lights off). Choose that battery that fits the best and is of the type you wish to run (gel or reg or ?). The Boyer will work just fine either way!

LDBennett

Re: 9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42934
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I jusat pulled a dead 12volt 4 amp battery out of my '71 Lightning with Boyer. Should I replace it with a 7 or 9amp? Gel?

Re: 9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42935
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Good post LD!

You just put a lot of things into perspective for me.To me it's always been a headache to read the information suppled relating to electrical components, in particular batteries.This post really simplified it for me,thanks! beerchug


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
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Re: 9 Amp vs 7 Amp Battery? #42936
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Hi out there,

i run my '69 A 65 L with a Podtronics regulator, battery is a Panasonic LC-R123R4P.
Length/width/height is 5.276/2.638/2.6 inches.
Fits quite well in the battery tray, it is only more shallow than the 7 Ah battery.
Works just fine, it has got a very little self discharge rate. And no more chrome murdering acid spills!
Hope this helps.
Phil


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Phil
Duesseldorf/Germany
'62 A 65 Star (disassembled)
'69 A 65 Lightning
'71 A 65 Firebird
'75 T 160
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