How Much Does a Motorcycle Battery Cost?
Buying the right type of motorcycle battery requires effort to ensure that you get peak performance and longevity. Motorcycle batteries are available in a wide range of classifications, sizes, and model types to fit a broad array of motorcycles. One major consideration when buying a motorcycle battery is the price, which can vary drastically from one type to another.
How much does it cost?
- On average, depending on the size and type, most motorcycle battery purchases are going to cost anywhere from $20 to as much as $300. However, most purchases are generally between the $70 and $175 range.
- BatteryMart.com, a large online battery retailer, provides a variety of dry-charge batteries, maintenance-free motorcycle batteries, and lithium-iron batteries ranging from $12.95 – $151. Gel batteries can retail anywhere from $82 to $475.
- At Battery Web, maintenance-free motorcycle batteries that use the Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) design retail from $38 to $155, while wet batteries cost $30 to $160.
- At BatteryStuff.com, varied types of replacement motorcycle batteries cost from $28 to $315.
What is going to be included?
- When buying a motorcycle battery, you will need to choose from the different types available on the market today: self-sealed, factory-sealed maintenance-free, conventional lead/acid, lithium iron phosphate (LFP), and gel motorcycle batteries. Usually, batteries are measured by cc (cold cranking amp), which indicates the power needed to start the machine in 0-degree weather conditions. Larger engines require higher cc.
- Depending on the dealer, a motorcycle battery purchase may come with components like spacers (for side mount cable installation) and bolts, which are used for proper cable to terminal connection.
What are the extra costs?
- Purchasing a wet battery often requires you to buy battery acid/electrolyte separately.
- When buying a motorcycle battery, you may also need to get a motorcycle battery charger in the event that the battery goes dead after sitting idle for a while. A trickle voltage maintainer is also important if you want to maintain the life of your battery.
- Depending on your needs or preferences, you may also want to consider getting battery accessories like a battery cover, a battery cover kit, a battery extension box kit, a battery top cover, and a hold down strap.
Factors that influence the price:
- Type. Motorcycle batteries come in different types. Conventional batteries require the most maintenance but are the least expensive. Self-sealed batteries need to be charged before they are filled with acid (which usually comes with the purchase). Factory-sealed batteries are among the most expensive as they typically come fully-charged and acid-filled and are practically maintenance-free. LFP batteries, which are considerably lighter than lead-acid models, are usually 2-3 times more expensive than lead-acid batteries. Gel batteries, which are vibration- and shock resistant due to the Nano-Gel technology, can cost hundreds, depending on model and capacity.
- Lifespan. Motorcycle battery varieties with long shelf life tend to be more expensive. Lithium batteries, for instance, are designed to last longer than lead-acid models, which usually have a shelf life of five years at the least. Gel batteries are also made to have a life span that can be up to twice that of a wet motorcycle battery.
- Rechargeable feature. Rechargeable motorcycle batteries are slightly more expensive compared with non-rechargeable types. Designed to be eco-friendly and cost-effective, a rechargeable battery often lasts longer when it is properly cared for.
Tips to know:
- Always make sure to check the dimensions and terminal configuration to ensure that the motorcycle battery you purchase is the ideal one for your make and model.
- Make sure that the battery you choose is 100% compatible with your original equipment. Some motorcycle battery dealers are confident in their products and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a full one-year warranty.
- Find a motorcycle battery supplier with the longest free-replacement warranty. Generally, battery manufacturers provide a one-year warranty on factory defects.
- If you want your online order to arrive quickly, consider doing business with a dealer who has multiple shipping warehouses throughout the country. They will usually ship your order from the warehouse closest to your location.
- Unless the motorcycle’s user manual says otherwise, never replace a maintenance-free motorcycle battery with a conventional one, which normally needs routine maintenance.
- Because of the impact that the cold temperatures can have on the battery, make sure you take into account the weather in your area.
How can I save money?
- Ask about discount motorcycle batteries. Some battery dealers, especially those with long-term relationships with their suppliers, offer stocks that cost less than other dealers.
- Check websites that offer special (but usually limited) promotions on motorcycle batteries and related items. Some dealers offer discounted prices for motorcycle battery purchases bought along with items like battery chargers.
- When buying online, make sure to check if the vendor offers free ground shipping.
- Sign up for mailing lists from motorcycle battery websites that offer coupons and special savings.
- Check with online dealers offering discounts to customers who refer a friend.
- Avail of free battery installation and free testing offers that some online dealers give to customers who purchase a battery from them.
- Check online for a list of possible dealers, a wider selection and lower prices. Many do not directly provide a price list on their sites and will ask you to provide a zip code. You can also contact their customer service hotline for details.