YTX12-BS Battery - Features, Specifications, and Cross Reference Chart
YTX12-BS battery is a BCI Group of starting/cranking batteries intended for motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATV, scooters, boats, power generators, tractors, and other vehicles, vessels, and applications where small and compact, but relatively strong battery is required to provide bursts of energy, required for starting/cranking smaller gas and even diesel engines.
Most modern YTX12-BS batteries are manufactured as spill-proof, maintenance-free AGM/Gel-Cell lead-acid batteries, but with the advancements in technology, lithium-ion batteries are becoming more and more popular - they tend to cost more, but can save some weight, leading to overall improvements in performances.
YTX12-BS Battery Dimensions and Performances
BCI Group YTX12-BS are motorcycle/Powersports batteries which should be able to fit in the battery compartment with the physical dimensions of (L x W x H) 5.875 x 3.5 x 5.125 inches (150 x 88 x 130 mm), with the positive terminal (Nuts&Bolts) being on the left side of the battery.
Some YTX12-BS batteries tend to be slightly larger, but not by much, and usually can fit without any issues. However, before buying any battery (not just YTX12-BS batteries), always check the actual size of your battery compartment and the actual size of the battery. Just in case...
YTX12-BS batteries are starting/cranking batteries and rather common - they are manufactured by most reputable battery brands and should not be an issue of finding them in the local hardware stores or online shops.
Traditionally, YTX12-BS batteries were wet/flooded lead-acid batteries, now being almost completely replaced with leak-proof, maintenance-free AGM and Gel-Cell lead-acid batteries.
Lithium YTX12-BS batteries are becoming more and more popular, although they are more expensive than lead-acid batteries.
Lithium YTX12-BS batteries are lighter, usually have better CCA value, commonly come with battery charge indicator, feature built-in Battery Management System (BMS), and, depending on the model, can be used as a 'drop-in' replacement for AGM/Gel-Cell batteries.
Note: Lithium YTX12-BS batteries are almost exclusively based on Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry, which is the safest lithium-ion battery chemistry. Nonetheless, don't use lithium YTX12-BS battery without BMS that allows the battery to be used as a 'drop-in' replacement battery! Without such a BMS system, anything can happen, including a battery fire and even an explosion! Better safe than sorry...
The following cross reference chart lists some of the most popular YTX12-BS battery models on the market.
|Brand||10h Capacity (Ah)||CCA (Amps)||Amazon Link|
|Banshee||10||330||Banshee 12-BS Lithium Battery|
|Battery Tender||4.5||270||Battery Tender BTL12A270CW Lithium Battery|
|Chrome||10||180||Chrome YTX12-BS iGel Battery|
|Energizer||10||180||Energizer TX12 Battery|
|Everlast||10||170||EverLast CTX12-BS Battery|
|Mighty Max||10||180||Mighty Max YTX12-BS Battery|
|Mighty Max||3.5||250||Mighty Max YTX12-BS Lithium Battery|
|MMG||4.0||280||MMG YTX12-BS Lithium Battery|
|Sigmastek||10||180||SigmasTek STX12-BS Battery|
|Weize||10||210||Weize YTX12-BS Battery|
|Yuasa||10||180||Yuasa YTX12-BS Battery|
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Capacity of the YTX12-BS batteries is given for 10h discharge time and is usually around 10 Ah, with the Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) being around 180-210 Amps.
AGM and Gel-Cell YTX12-BS batteries usually weigh in the 7-9 pounds (~3.2 - 4.1 kg) range and come with a 12 to 24 months warranty.
Lithium starting/cranking batteries for motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, and similar applications are often made somewhat smaller, allowing the manufacturers to advertise their batteries as replacement batteries for several battery groups.
Nonetheless, lithium batteries that are advertised as lithium YTX12-BS batteries feature nominal capacity in the 3-10 Ah range, but their CCA values are commonly much better than the CCA values of AGM/Gel-Cell batteries - usually in the 250-330 CCA range.
Lithium YTX12-BS batteries usually weigh around 3-4 pounds (~1.4 - 1.9 kg) and come with a 12 to 24 months warranty.
Which one to pick, lead-acid, or lithium YTX12-BS battery?
Well, I don't want to sound like a dinosaur, but personally unless you are a pro-rider, go for a good AGM/Gel-Cell YTX12-BS battery and enjoy your ride safely.
Lithium YTX12-BS batteries can save few pounds of weight, which can be very important for professional drivers and similar folks, but does those 3-4 pounds less matter to people driving 200-300+ pounds vehicles? I don't think so.
But again, when choosing the right battery for YOU, always consider your own needs, requirements, and preferences and stay - safe!
How to Charge YTX12-BS Batteries?
When the YTX12-BS battery is connected to the electrical system of the vehicle with an alternator and the built-in battery charger, let the alternator/charger to their task and charge the battery - just check the battery voltage occasionally.
Lithium YTX12-BS batteries that are designed as a 'drop-in' replacement can be charged that way - actually, that is the recommended way of keeping them charged.
If the YTX12-BS batteries are used on the vehicles/applications with no battery charger, then a good battery charger is required:
- AGM/Gel-Cell batteries: go for an intelligent lead-acid battery charger that analyzes the battery first and charge it according to the battery condition. Also, equalization and desulphation charging modes are welcome. After the battery is fully charged, a good battery charger will switch to the maintenance mode and keep the battery fully charged over a longer period of time.
- Lithium batteries: do NOT charge them with battery chargers intended for AGM/Gel-Cell batteries - desulphation mode can easily destroy BMS and lithium battery cells. If the AGM battery charger features lithium battery charging mode, only then it can be used for charging the lithium YTX12-BS batteries. Or, if possible, go for the dedicated lithium battery charger - they are relatively cheap devices and cost several times less than the battery itself.
When charging ~10Ah AGM/Gel-Cell batteries, 2 Amps battery chargers are recommended.
If 10Ah battery is discharged down to 50% DoD, a good 2 Amps battery charger will recharge such battery in ~3 hours, depending on the battery condition, temperature, and similar.
When choosing the right battery charger for the lithium-ion battery, check the manufacturer's recommendations regarding the maximum and recommended charging current.
Long Story Short: YTX12-BS batteries are very popular and rather common starting/cranking batteries. Most popular models have been tried and tested by countless users in many real-life situations and are recommended ones.
However, always choose according to your own needs and preferences. And stay safe, whatever you do ...