it's 2018. whats the best battery to get for the elise? - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-23-2018, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
CMP
Registered User
 
CMP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 789
it's 2018. whats the best battery to get for the elise?

it's 2018. whats the best battery to get for the elise?

currently i have a heavy yellowtop d34 in it. (i think that is right, it's a gel battery and has lasted about 3 years. looks correct, but i didn't match up the model number).

should i go small, or what. i turn the car one once every week or two.

Oh snap! I'm on fire!
CMP is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-24-2018, 04:34 AM
Registered User
 
brgelise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: CT
Posts: 6,029
SHORAI

16 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Ext Campio /Grigio Chronos w/full MC Carbon Fiber interior trim, Stock for now
18 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Visconti Verde/Brown Leather Remus Catback,Eurocompulsion Phase 2 V2 intake, 390HP/443ft-lb Tq!
16 Range Rover Sport HSE, Montalcino Red w/Ivory Leather-[/COLOR]- 456HP/412ft-lb Tq
12 Maxda MX-5 Miata GT PRHT True Red/Black leather
11 Lotus Evora "S" Persian Blue, Grey/Black Suedetex/Leather
brgelise is offline  
post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-24-2018, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
CMP
Registered User
 
CMP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 789
hum... sounds like a good idea. where do i get the "braille b2015 mounting bracket" . really light stuff is sold out.

here is the URL talking about those. https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f321...shorai-110964/

Oh snap! I'm on fire!
CMP is offline  
 
post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-24-2018, 05:58 AM
Registered User
 
gstomp06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 490
Quote:
Originally Posted by CMP View Post
hum... sounds like a good idea. where do i get the "braille b2015 mounting bracket" . really light stuff is sold out.

here is the URL talking about those. https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f321...shorai-110964/
I just bought the Shorai myself. Also wasn't sure about the bracket, but decided to go with the inokinetic/sector 111 bracket and use foam as bumpers or whatever if needed. Haven't tried the fitment out just yet.

2007 Chrome Orange Lotus Elise
gstomp06 is offline  
post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 09:08 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Hawaii & Carefree, AZ
Posts: 160
I have a pc680 that keeps dying if not driven in 2-3 days. It has a cutoff switch but I’m tired of shutting off battery and losing my settings. What size battery do I need to upgrade to in order to prevent my car from not starting after sitting? I have a hard-wired dash cam and use the cobra alarm.
SufjansWasp is offline  
post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 09:35 AM
2006 Exige
 
AZelise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arizona
Posts: 671
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by SufjansWasp View Post
I have a pc680 that keeps dying if not driven in 2-3 days. It has a cutoff switch but I’m tired of shutting off battery and losing my settings. What size battery do I need to upgrade to in order to prevent my car from not starting after sitting? I have a hard-wired dash cam and use the cobra alarm.
Somehow I'm on the same Deka ETX20L battery in my Exige since 2013, which as you know is amazing in the AZ heat. (Pretty much the same battery as the PC680). It has never not started the car after sitting. I plug it into a battery tender if I'm going to be gone more than a couple of weeks. I don't know how long it could go, but I know it can sit at least 7 days. I have disabled the immobilizer on my Cobra alarm and the car sits in the garage with the alarm unarmed.

That said, when this thing goes, I'm definitely buying a Shorai LFX36L3-BS12 as my next battery (for the weight savings).
AZelise is offline  
post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 10:32 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Hawaii & Carefree, AZ
Posts: 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by AZelise View Post
I have disabled the immobilizer on my Cobra alarm and the car sits in the garage with the alarm unarmed.
There’s the difference — I leave my alarm armed and have a hard-wired dash cam. ie: dash cam is “on” even when the car is turned off; motion sensor recording. So these are two parasitic drains I need the battery to support. It didn’t die prior to my dash cam install but turning dash cam off isn’t an option so I need a larger battery for sure.
SufjansWasp is offline  
post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 10:40 AM
Registered User
 
VisualEchos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Missouri
Posts: 5,138
Deka man, can't beat it for price and longevity.

2006 Exige
VisualEchos is offline  
post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 01:47 PM
Registered User
 
InfernoLotus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 693
Garage
Need a battery trickle charger

Quote:
Originally Posted by SufjansWasp View Post
Thereís the difference ó I leave my alarm armed and have a hard-wired dash cam. ie: dash cam is ďonĒ even when the car is turned off; motion sensor recording. So these are two parasitic drains I need the battery to support. It didnít die prior to my dash cam install but turning dash cam off isnít an option so I need a larger battery for sure.
I doubt you want a bigger battery, I would say you need to maintain the charge with a charger. Just remember to unplug it before you head out.

2005 Chrome Orange Elise, BWR supercharger, TR Motorsport F1 rims and R888s, Nitron NTR40 Single Adjustables with Eibach springs,Sector 111 308BBL brakes, BWR Silent Touch exhaust, CF side scoops, front splitter, and engine cover.
Central Florida
InfernoLotus is offline  
post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 02:40 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,310
CMP - what do you want to get out of a battery?

I had a Chimera battery from 2012 and it lasted until about a month ago. It worked great for those 6 years and I have no "regerts". It would last months between starts. These days since I can't drive the car, I don't mind leaving it off a battery, so I have a cheap Odyssey PC680 which will just allow me to move the car when I need to.

I do plan to rebuild the Chimera when I can, but if I didn't already have it or the RLS braket, I would go with Shorai. Seems like a great lightweight battery with balance charger available.

2006 Black Exige
Chimera R.B.S./ITB airfilter/Composite Worx
Kimgt is offline  
post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 03:01 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Boston
Posts: 696
Quote:
Originally Posted by SufjansWasp View Post
I have a pc680 that keeps dying if not driven in 2-3 days. It has a cutoff switch but Iím tired of shutting off battery and losing my settings. What size battery do I need to upgrade to in order to prevent my car from not starting after sitting? I have a hard-wired dash cam and use the cobra alarm.
I haven't pushed my Shorai for obvious reasons, but it's sat 5 days off the tender with the alarm activated and started right up. This is the 36AH equivelent though, their largest battery.

BTW just a heads up the AH equivelent on these lithium batteries is BS, even the manufacturer will tell you that, it's actually closer to half of that number, so my 36AH equivelent is probably more like an 18AH regular battery which isn't too much of a compromise for such a lightweight battery
SufjansWasp likes this.
Ls1Rx7 is online now  
post #12 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 03:59 PM
ky13
 
herecomesboost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Reston, Va
Posts: 560
I've had a PC680 in all 3 of my Elise; I keep it on a trickle charger in the garage when I'm not driving it regularly.




04 SRT10 Viper -- sunny day toy

04 TSX -- daily driver
herecomesboost is offline  
post #13 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 04:41 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 23
A1Harry is offline  
post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 05:15 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Hawaii & Carefree, AZ
Posts: 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by InfernoLotus View Post
I doubt you want a bigger battery, I would say you need to maintain the charge with a charger. Just remember to unplug it before you head out.
I don't want to deal with that =\ To me, it's basically the same as shutting my battery on and off. I don't want the hassle. I just want a larger capacity battery that will start up after 3 days with cobra armed, and camera on. Get in car, and go, without anything extra steps. lol
TheExigentOne likes this.
SufjansWasp is offline  
post #15 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 05:25 PM
The Enforcer
 
oldmansan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Los Alamitos, CA
Posts: 6,222
Deka is a good battery that is inexpensive. Same battery as the Braille (minus the carbon case) made by East Penn. Also goes by the alias Big Crank and auto parts stores carry the same battery under their particular name. I used to run a Deka in my C6 Corvette.

Not a fan of any Odyssey. Been there done that.

I've used the Shorai with their tender in my ZX-10R and Exige S. I've run the Exige battery completely dead on several occasions (not intentionally) and the tender has resuscitated the battery each time.

Their customer service is outstanding. My ZX-10R had a Shorai, not even the battery model recommended (saving weight). I called to ask for some particulars after it was out of warranty and the representative asked me to submit a warranty claim. A few days later I had a reconditioned battery, the more expensive recommended one, free of charge. I couldn't tell it wasn't new. They just asked me to send the old battery back so they could analyze it. A friend is running the same Shorai (LFX36L3) in his daily driver C6 Corvette.

Another nice touch is the adhesive backed foam pads they send with the battery. I still have a bag full of them.

San

#8 Metric Allen Key, Plastic Carpet Buttons
oldmansan is offline  
post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-27-2018, 08:31 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Sonoma Co. Ca
Posts: 227
What battery bracket are you guys using with the Deka? Is it possible to use the stock one? Thanks, Rustyb
rustyb is offline  
post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-19-2018, 08:49 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 353
How is Braille B129?

Last edited by Beemerb0y; 06-19-2018 at 10:22 PM.
Beemerb0y is offline  
post #18 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 12:49 PM
Registered User
 
robbieeeeeee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 66
Why don't you like the odessey?
robbieeeeeee is offline  
post #19 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 12:56 PM
Registered User
 
gstomp06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 490
I was extremely busy and let my Lotus with the Shorai sit for 2 weeks. Started it up yesterday with no issues at all.

2007 Chrome Orange Lotus Elise
gstomp06 is offline  
post #20 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 05:25 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Boston
Posts: 696
Quote:
Originally Posted by gstomp06 View Post
I was extremely busy and let my Lotus with the Shorai sit for 2 weeks. Started it up yesterday with no issues at all.
Good to know, do you have the 36aH?
Ls1Rx7 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community > Lotus Discussions > General Discussion (Lotus related)

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome