Batteries??

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  1. Boo

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    Been looking to replace these poor little batteries for 3 x110amp Lucas Platinum Battieries..................has anyone any views, preference or advice on best make and type please?

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    Hi Boo

    Everyone has an opinion on this, usually based on past experience, mine is to go for the cheapest FLAs (flooded lead acid) you can find.. there is no evidence that 'branded' batteries outlive the non branded.. they may give you a three or five year warranty but it's built into the cost , not the quality of the battery and in the event of a claim in say the 4th year they won't replace new for old.. but give you a pro rata discount on the replacement..
    I have 4 x 85ah cheap FLAs now four years old, still going strong.. and using full time.. they cost about £40 each so they don't owe me anything, I will happily replace with the same .. only bigger next time..

    Shop around and get the biggest bang (amp) for you buck .. forget branded.. and don't even consider gel.. unless you have them indoors :Laughing:

    hth

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    Edit

    Since posting, remembered this useful guide and info about batteries..

    Marcle Leisure.co.uk

    basically it concurs with my post

     
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    Conclusion: The best battery to use for fast charging using advanced charging systems
    a) For general leisure use: use low cost lead acid which can be topped up with water. So called leisure batteries
    b) For long term cruising then use 6 volt traction :Eeek:
    Avoid gel / agm for 3 reasons
    1) very expensive
    2) very slow charger rate
    3) poor cycling numbers

    6 volt........as in motorcycle battery????
    2 strapped together (pos to neg?)

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    Yes, lots of yanks go for 6v traction batteries for their RVs .. .. but at a cost.. eye watering :Eek!:

    Same type as fitted to golf carts, electric trucks, etc

    Feast your eyes here
    Trojan Deep Cycle Monoblocs

    If money isn't a factor these are the dogs nuts :thumb:
     
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    No Boo you can buy bloody big 6 volters:Rofl1::thumb:
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    WOW!!!! £440.00 for one 6v battery :Eeek:

    Money IS a factor.............it's a fact that the taxman takes half my wage away every month :Angry:

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    told you they were eye watering ... :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    but very tasty :Wink:
     
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    I agree with Jim, its been my experience that you get more watts for your money with the normal traction type of batteries, true they may not last as long as some, and I repeat, SOME, of the fancy all dancing types, but they do what it says on the box.

    As a reference I have spent most of the last 9 years living on battery power and with no mains cable in sight.

    Doug
     
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    one thing that I have found, lead/acid batteries do not like being run (and left) flat,
    in my early days with motorhomes, I destroyed 2 massive truck batteries in 2 years, each one lasted about 9 months. This was because I ran them flat before re-charging, we lived in a coach and never used EHU. I now use the cheapest LEISURE batteries I can find and try to re-charge before being flat, I also just bought a 3 stage charger.
    Nigel
     
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    hi boo
    I agree witnh another post about using "cheap" lead acid batteries. I had a 45 foot yacht and I had two banks of 5 "cheap" batteries which never gave me any problems with the engine starting, electric self steering, computer system, navigation systems & all the usual lights needed. Go cheap & replace every 2 years.
    dave
     
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