Leisure batteries 2 small or 1 large?

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  1. chippy63

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    I need to buy some new batteries, for our scotland trip next week &wondered whether its best to buy 2 x 110amp or 1 x 220amp is there any difference or reason to buy 2 instead of one.the 220 amp is slightly more expensive to start with, but 2 would need cables to join them so cost about the same.

    these are the choices -

    Single http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-Ultra-Plus-220AH-Leisure-battery-/171945324452?hash=item2808bd6fa4

    Pair http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281742962837?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT


    Any thoughts & has anybody bought instead of two?


    Karl
     
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    There are a couple of influencing factors in my opinion.

    1) Battery failure. With 2 batteries if one fails you have another to fall back on.
    2) Battery aging. With 2 batteries they won't always age equally and you may have one pull the other down. This happened to me.
    3) Space. Sometimes 2 will fit where 1 won't and visa versa
    4) Cost. Price can be a factor?

    My personal choice would be a single battery. No particular reason other than experience of 6+ years full timing. I would personally go for the best battery I could afford. Preferably AGM with VRLA valves. But these cost a fortune for good quality. My last batch lasted 8+ years.

    Out of those 2 I would pick the single one purely based on weight.. The more lead the better is a fairly good guiding principle when it comes to battery quality.
     
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    Is your battery compartment easily accessible? Have you tried lifting a 220Ah battery? The one you are considering weighs 50 kg (not far short of 8 stone!). I could not manhandle that into an awkward location!
     
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    Space is not a problem i have moved the existing battery to under the bench seat, as for the weight i will get help
    with putting it in.
     
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    I would go for the 2, much easier to lift and move, even if you only have to do it a few times.
     
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    Every joint is a point of failure so a single battery wins that argument.

    "to under the bench seat" - is it vented correctly ?
     
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    My 250Ah batteries were 76KG. I managed to lift them in and out with a little bit of effort. I am a weedy computer geek who hasn't done any physical exercise since his early 20's... That said if you are older and have health issues then weight is definitely a consideration.

    I initially have 4 of these batteries to give me 1000AH. Shifting them to a new van did take me a while as I had to take a break after each one :whistle::rofl:
     
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    It was originally under the front seat & not vented as far as i could see, also appears to be sealed with no where to vent from.

    I could vent if required to outside.

    Karl
     
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    Have you told Fay yet :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Course not, that will be a nice suprise for her :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    I bet you did !:LOL:
     
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    What capacity battery is your charger capable of charging? That might influence your decision.
     
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    As its hymer i presume the recommendation is 180amps ish:unsure:
     
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    That's correct, assuming you have an EBL99 or 100. However, I had 2 x 110 Ah for about 6 years without problem. Now have 2 x 90 Ah.
     
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    Respect !!!!!!!!! :eek:
     
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    If I were you I'd get the big Bugger and if I were your bestest mate I'd offer to pop up and give you a lift with it.

    1. I'm not you
    2. Speak nicely to @ROB1CHELSEA1 :moon2: :moon2: :moon2:
     
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    It would cost me more in whiskey get to rob up here than the battery cost, you know what hes like when smells
    acohol, may have to bring a trailer for the beer at peterborugh this year.:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:






    I have an ebl99, why the change to 90 from 110. ?.
     
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    The 110s were Elecsol - no longer available. Now I have Varta and 90 is their low profile model that fits; less than 200 mm high.
     
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    I did read that you have room, but have you seen they are 200mm longer, they would never fit in my locker (y)
     
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