mnl wrote:has anyone tried Ballistic Performance batteries?
https://www.ballistic-batteries.com/cat ... ?cPath=141
I had a 12-cell EVO2 a few years ago in my race car (mazda miata) which basically only got driven about once a month for race days and it worked great and saved a ton of weight.
I started thinking about eventually replacing the 12v in my Leaf with one of these and started reading a few of the threads and its a bit over my head so i was hoping to get some feedback
i have a 2011 Leaf with the solar panel on the spoiler. while i'd prefer covered parking, it's not available to me so it parks in the sun (at least i can use that panel on the spoiler). i'm in a part of Japan where the temps throughout a year might get as low as around single digit -C and up to mid-30C. i drive the car only about once a week on the weekend for groceries/errands (i commute by bike for work), typically not going more than 5-10mi each trip. i rarely use the car in ACC mode. my priorities are reliability and weight savings.
seems like the ballistic offerings and other motorcycle batteries would be appropriate for my use-case. is there anything i'm missing?
The batteries in the link you posted do not have enough capacity to reliably power the residual load of your Leaf while it is parked. The 2011 and 2012 models only turn on the DC-DC converter for a short time every 5 days so the 12-volt battery must have enough capacity to supply the residual load for 5 days. A larger capacity lithium ion battery or a deep cycle AGM lead acid battery would be better for your use.