Gel Battery ?

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  1. bryandh

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    The price of brand named Gel batteries here in Spain are really silly. Anybody know the approx cost of a 120AH brand named battery in the UK? Prices quoted here range from €350 to €499.
    Have trawled thro ebay and prices are better but delivery is problem so anticipate collecting one while in London in June.

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    Does yours HAVE TO be Gel, is it laid on its side?
     
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    Hi Bryan

    I reckon on from £2 per ah, so £240 ish here, but you can find more expensive ones.

    Martin
     
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    Does not HAVE to be Gel but have allowed myself to be convinced that they are a better option..... no maintenance, odour/leak proof etc. Totally ignorant about new technology batteries I just seem to replace traditional ones ...... too frequently !

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    The majority of replies from those in the know will say don't waste your money! unless you have a boat that might capsize. You'll get better power delivery for a lot less money from a regular sealed lead acid. £85 for 125AH :thumb:

    The only thing to consider is the space dimensions that will fit. Then change your charger ouput setting from Gel to lead acid
     
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    Just beat me to it.......

    Ditto all the above......... My, 2 x 88AH Lead Acid batteries, cost £100 delivered for the pair:thumb:
     
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    I am with you Bryan for all your reasons, mine needed changing last year, my logic was that Hymer had used Gel for a good reason why change. As they are still fitting them, so will I.

    But £200 was as cheap as I could find last year, when I got them both out, turned out only one had failed! :Doh:

    David
     
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    I ahve a GEL battery fitted as std in my van and i have emailed the Battery meg store re theAlphaline batteries as mine is inboard in the habitation area. they say the 125 Ah suggested by Techno100 will do the job well but recommend fitting ( in case of a fault ) the small vent pipe they can supply cheaply with the battery to vent out of the hab area.:thumb:

    when i need my next battery thats what i am up for. dont forget there s a different charge setting on your unit for GEL and Lead acid:thumb:
     
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    It does not need a vent pipe.
    The sealed engine battery I just replaced today in another thread is right under your feet in your cab :Laughing: Any emission is so small it's insignificant and certainly not dangerous
     
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    whilst i dont doubt your competence on the matter this is from them on the 27th ( 2 days ago )


    Dear Phill,

    Thank you for your email.

    snipped!

    [HI]The XV110 & DC31 are sealed maintenance free however they have safety release vents which can release gas (hydrogen) when overcharged or when pressure rises.
    We can supply you with the vent tubes and elbows. This means you can connect these and vent away from your habitation area seating.[/HI]


    Charging mode should be set to Lead Acid.

    Kind regards
    Battery Megastore (UK)
     
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    Covering their aris because you asked that's all Fiat don't fit them
     
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    The delivery man aint happy if you're not in to sign for them :Rofl1:
     
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    It should also be pointed out that before anyone else nips out for gel cell batteries thinking they are a much needed upgrade check that your charger is designed to charge them, most cheaper end stuff fitted in motorhomes won't be and will soon bugger up your nice new expensive battery, a lot of gel or agm batteries need different charge rates and so on and most high end chargers can be set up specifically for their use, a facility not found on many motor caravan chargers
     
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    one thing to check if lead acid batteries keep failing is whether the charger is set to gel as this provides a higher voltage etc which the gel batteries need and cooks sla types

    when all things are considered, unless your battery may get tipped up or is used for traction, then a gel battery is overkill and far more expensive. you only get so many recharges from a battery by design, so the best value for money is a sealed lead acid.
     
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    maybe my post didn't come across quite right, when I said expert I meant generally nothing against your advice , I agree with your advice to the OP just putting the link for those that didn't and seem to be convinced they need these Gel Batteries, I've been using Sterling products for many years and the only time we used Gel batteries was when we built emergency service vehicle's but that was more down to their spec than our choice, all ways found his advice and products pretty sound.
     
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