I've had pretty good luck with Autozone batteries myself over the course of 20 or so years. The only batteries I've had fail me prematurely were from battery plus, and they were dicks when it came to backing the sale just 5 days after purchase........
This is both car and bike batteries, and mostly for off-road dirt bikes. Duralast haven't let me down unless I messed them up (by neglecting them) or they were already way past their prime. Dirt bikes that would get put away for months at a time, then abused when they were taken out with heat and vibration.It is completely subjective and not worth arguing over everybody's favorite brand of battery. If 2CV had a decent battery going in to this current situation and now doesn't, it is worth it to look a little past the name brand on the battery as the root cause is all I'm saying.
Tooseevee,I wouldn't have thought that a small battery would have the clout (sorry, Cold Cranking Amps) to power the electric starter, which is maybe why you're only getting clicking noises. The factory upped the capacity the 14AH on the E/S AVL for a reason! If your battery, hot or not, has the power to run all the lights brightly there should be more than enough for the ignition, which makes me wonder if a connection has come loose in the ignition circuit or if there's a fuse blown. If you haven't already done so check for a fuse holder with the brown wire that goes to the TCI box.Shame it's not a small job the machine the AVL right side crankcase for a full set of timing gears and a magneto.Meanwhile, I have had a Motobatt 14AH on my Electra-X the last two years, it has held up very nicely, but other brands are available!Regards,A.
Don't fight, boys I, too, hate discussions over "My shit's better than your shit". Most brand trashing is anecdotal. I might buy an obvious piece of shit & keep it doing what it's supposed to do for years because of how I treat stuff & maintain it. Another person might buy the best of the best & fuck it up in a week. Most people buy Chinese crap nowadays & don't know the difference. Quality doesn't have the same meaning it used to. I've had great luck with Yuasa batteries in kick only harleys for many years. Other guys won't touch them with somebody else's 10 foot pole. The one battery I would rave about if I was to rave about batteries would be Interstate. I'm gonna try to track down an Interstate AGM of the teeny size I need. Do I need to buy a special battery tender for AGM batteries? PS: My standard charger is just fine & is only a few years old. It has a 6V circuit & two 12V circuits; a 2 amp & a 6 amp. I used the 2 amp only on this little AGM. It has what seems to be a pretty reliable charge meter that registers from low to 100%. What I DON't know is if it shuts off. It has worked fine the few times I've used it on cars.
You can use any charger that won't put more than 14.5 volts in it and not get it to hot. You don't need a special charger. ERC
Just for the record most AGM batteries like a 1.5 amp charge. Not sure if 2 amp is that big of a difference or not. I personally have been using a Schumacher Maintenance Free 1.5 amp charger specifically for small engine batteries for the last 4 or 5 years. You can pick one up Wally World or Advance or just about anywhere for $30 or less.Scottie J