The EVO3 Power System comes with a lithium iron phosphate
battery, a battery health monitor and a battery charger/
tender. (Below) The Ballistic battery fit in the stock location
on our TRX450R, and we decided to put on new terminal
ends to make fitting on accessory wiring to the posts easier.
EVO3 POWER SYSTEM
Li-ion battery kit by Ballistic Performance Components
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
A lithium iron phosphate battery can
have up to 10 times the lifespan of a
lead-acid; however, they can be more
vulnerable to cell damage if you don’t
keep them charged and if you let them
That begs the question, is it better to
spend more on a battery that lasts a lot
longer, keeps a consistent discharge,
charges quicker and can be more
compact than its counterpart? Yes! We
say go with the lithium iron phosphate
battery as long as you are prepared to
maintain it, and Ballistic Performance
Components’ EVO3 Power System has
everything you need.
❏ It has been months since you last
fired up your pride and joy. Thick
layers of dust coat the plastic, the
gas in the tank might be sour and
the chance of the battery even still
holding a charge is weak. Oftentimes,
we forget that a battery needs
upkeep and a regular diet of
electrons throughout its life cycle.
On top of that, choosing the right
type of battery can be tricky too.
We went to Ballistic Performance
Components to obtain their EVO3
Power System that includes a
lithium iron phosphate battery,
a battery health monitor and a
charger for $229.95.
Almost all ATVs and UTVs come
stock with a lead-acid battery, just like
your car, truck or SUV. This type of
battery is cheap and easy to manufacture since the chemical components
aren’t rare and are docile to process.
A lithium iron phosphate (LiFEPO4)
battery requires more care and safety
restrictions to manufacture, and the
chemical components and metals are
somewhat rare and valuable, which
also equates to a higher purchase cost.
That leads to efficiency, life span, size
Each cell of a LiFEPO4 battery
has around double the voltage that
a lead-acid battery cell does. It also
charges and discharges far more
evenly, whereas a lead-acid battery
takes longer to charge and dissipates
quicker while tapering down in power
as it nears the end of its discharge.
EVO3 POWER SYSTEM
Ballistic Performance Components
comes with an EVO3 lithium iron phosphate battery that generally weighs
less than your machine’s stock battery.
The kit also comes with a health monitor that has a charge-level indicator
light to show you how much power
your battery has left. And last, an
Optimate 1 charger comes in the kit.
This is a smart charger that won’t overcharge the battery, and it should be
utilized constantly to keep your battery
at an optimum level.
Installing the battery on our Honda
TRX450R was simple and quick. We
routed the health monitor to the battery terminals under the seat. When
storing the quad, we keep the charger
connected to the health monitor, which
acts as a batter tender. The system
maintains a charge on the battery while
your machine sits before your next ride.
We have been running this battery for months in our Honda without
issue. When we take it camping or to
the races and don’t keep the battery
plugged in for a few days, the battery
barely loses its charge. The whole kit
runs for $229.95, while a comparable
lead-acid battery and tender system
would run you under $150. But, in the
long run, you will have to purchase
multiple lead-acid batteries over the life
span of one properly cared for lithium
iron phosphate battery. Go to
www.ballistic-batteries.com or call (920)
545-4956 to see what systems they
have for your machine! ❏