for the Elan S4 Sprint that it would be the most suitable ODYSSEY battery reference
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Odyssey batteries use a technology called AGM - absorbed glass mat. Quite appropriate really, acid gel is absorbed into a glassfibre mat and placed between the plates of the battery.
These batteries seem to have different charging characteristics than a 'normal' lead acid battery. From Odyssey's website:
If it needs to be charged, how do you properly charge your ODYSSEY battery?
The best way to charge an ODYSSEY® battery is to use an AGM specific charger. Chargers such as the ODYSSEY® Battery Portable Charger have the required 14.7 volts needed to properly charge your ODYSSEY battery. They come in 3 sizes; 6 amp, 12 amp and 20 amp.
14.7 volts is higher than the charging circuit on the Elan is designed to produce. You may find you have problems fully charging this battery - although I believe others on the forum have used them successfully. Perhaps they keep them trickle charged at home.
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