Leisure batteries

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  1. iandsm

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    It's time to change my batteries as they no longer hold charge. They are Elecsol 110 and I read somewhere recently that Elecsol are no longer trading. Does anyone have any recommendation for decent quality replacements please ?
     
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    elecsol are still going strong and ripping folks off with their 5 year warranty.
     
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    So who do you recommend?
     
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    Traction batteries are king!

    Banner, in lead acid or gel, are the next best thing in my opinion.:thumb:
     
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    as above....

    depends what you want of them.

    if you mainly use hookup then any cheap lead acid will do....you arent using batteries on hookup anyway.

    off grid....then spend more, get more.

    no real preference myself, but if money no object it would be 6v traction batteries.
     
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    So if I understand this correctly John, you're saying JONANDSHELL are loaded:Rofl1:

    Only joking by the way.
     
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    it's come to my attention that yow have more money than me.....

    cant confirm their personal wealth but you have to have a few spare bob to run tractions. :RollEyes:
     
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    Your question comes at an appropriate time, as the Caravan club magazine has just published at article on the subject.
    In short they selected 10 different band new leisure batteries and subjected them to a proper test to establish their true AH rating. 8 out the ten were not as stated with some being absolutely crap. Unfortunately the C.C. refused to name and shame them on the basis of only one battery being tested.
    The other two which they rated at being high quality batteries and meeting their test requirements were Varta and Banner.

    There you go, a scientific test that demonstrates these two batteries are A.O.K.
     
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    Best investment I made was 4x 6 volt traction batteries total of 470 amp hr my vans have all ways taken a hammering on power with me always keeping an eye what my batteries we're on percentage wise since fitting these relaxed a lot still check but not to the same degree don't go on campsites very often so decent batteries and chargers a must my opinion is it's worth the extra cost:thumb:
     
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    115 Ah 12v Dyno traction monobloc battery- £120.

    Our batteries are now 4 1/2 years old with no drop in capacity.
    A 115Ah traction monobloc can be safely discharged to 80%, therefore it is has 92 useable Ah, equivalent to a 180Ah 'leisure' type which can only discharge to 50% if you want it to last more than 2 or 3 trips.
    Many folks go through crap leisure batteries every couple of years.
    So, the cost of 2 x 90Ah leisure batteries per two years would be around £250 over the period we have owned our £120 traction monobloc.

    Which is cheaper now then?:BigGrin:

    By the way, we have 3 batteries in our bank, useable power 276 Ah. Equivalent to 550 Ah worth of crap leisure batteries.
     
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    Of course, of all your leisure battery has to do is keep your van going during tea breaks between sites with hookup, then traction batteries are a waste of money.:thumb:
     
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    Thanks everyone, good useful information as expected :Smile:
     
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    traction batteries and a couple of decent sized solar panels and you can be free of hookup for weeks.
     
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    You're back Andy!:thumb:

    Where have you been hiding?:BigGrin:
     
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