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Old 04-19-2015, 01:00 PM   #1
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Penn/Deka ETX-30L vs Panasonic LC-X1228P

Nice day today in SoCal. Went to take the r90 out for some exercise and it wouldn't start. Put a little charge on it with the Battery Doc until the LED turned green. Gave it another try. Strong solenoid kick in but only one or two feeble turns of the starter against the engine compression.

Time to replace the 11 y/o Panasonic LC-X1228P battery. Don't think I want to go to Odyssey land so it's between the Panasonic LC-X1228P or a Penn/Deka ETX-30L.

My buddy, Prentiss, just put a Deka on his R100 but doesn't have enough history with it to give me much feedback yet. Most any battery works great for the first year.

What are your thoughts, Hobson?

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Old 04-19-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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Well I would think the 11 years answers your question.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:40 PM   #3
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I just replaced a deka that was 7 years old.
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:37 PM   #4
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Well I would think the 11 years answers your question.
Yes it would if the 11 years had been normal service. Nonetheless I am not down on the Panasonic service life at all.

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Old 05-04-2015, 09:38 AM   #5
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Decided to give the Penn/Deka a whirl. Snug fit fore and aft in the battery tray. About the same heighth as the Panasonic. Slightly wider left and right than the Panasonic but still narrower than the battery tray. Came to about $105 USD postal delivered to my door.
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Old 05-05-2015, 04:22 AM   #6
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I have been running Dekka in GS, G/S, and now RS. Local Battery supplier has them in stock. So far so good over the past 5 years on the GS. too early to tell for the G/S or RS, but the start is always super strong.
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Old 05-05-2015, 04:44 AM   #7
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Panasonic....I am currently on my third.
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:11 PM   #8
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NAPA sells Deka under their own brand name.....

Recently bought a 30 amp battery for my R100R from my local NAPA auto parts store here in Nashville. Wasn't certain about the size when I ordered it, but the guys at NAPA said if it didn't fit I could return it. Took it by the mechanic working on the bike and he said "it's a Deka with a different label pasted on the box". And it fit perfectly.

The best news is that it was very reasonably priced at about $116.00. I have also run Panasonic batteries with great success; last one was on my R80ST and it lasted several years. I would've bought one again but could not be certain of the size, so that's when I went to NAPA. Glad I did.
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