Leisure Battery what brand

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  1. connie

    connie Read Only Funster

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    Hi all
    Ok the world of leisure battery is like a mine field. Thanks to your help we now know about AH and more is best. The problem now is what brand, I have been looking on the net for brand and price but we have more brands than people. so can you guys recommend a brand based on the YEARS you have used it ? NOT if you have just got it.
     
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  2. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Hi Connie

    We sell "Banner" leisure batteries and find them to be excellent, we would certainly recommend them!!!

    Glenn Harris Workshop

    www.johnscross.co.uk
    01580 881288
     
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    Banner have a good reputation. I bought mine from Roadpro (with the funster discount) they are just down the road from me. :thumb:
     
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    There was a 80Ah Banner in our van when we bought it in February 2012 so I don't know how old it is. It keeps its charge and quickly recharges via the solar panel when we are using the van.

    I'll be buying another Banner when the time comes.
     
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    I have Banner.and never had a problem.
    Mel
     
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    I have two Optima Yellow Top gel-filled batteries.

    These are deep cycle and are well-known in Land Rover circles for their immense durability. Udo had them when I bought him. They're not cheap.

    I can't comment on any others specific to leisure use, though.

    For my cars, I always buy Bosch. One of them gets a very hard time turning over a 2.25 litre petrol engine from cold after being left for months and it always amazes me how it copes.
     
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    Listen to Charles Sterling, he has strong views on battery types.
    Then buy big black and cheap.
    Big 'cos the more storage of power the better, black 'cos you are likely to pay over the odds for a similar battery, maybe even the same battery, with colourful labels plastered all over it.
    Cheap 'cos simple technology is th way to go.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJZlounw4oE"]Charles Sterling discussing the range of batteries for the leisure market. - YouTube[/ame]

    Gordon
     
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    So Optima are basically starter batteries then!:Laughing:
     
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    We use our van a lot and we certainly give our batteries a hard time. The original AGM batts were just about knackered when we bought the van so we replaced them with 2 Banner 110 amps which are not cheap. We had a problem in the Pyrenees and had to use one Banner as a starter battery and use one for leisure. Unfortunately the leisure one went flat not dead flat but still flat enough. That was the end of it totally scrap wouldn't hold a charge again.
    After that I swore I would never buy another so called Leisure Battery again. Bought 3 115 amp traction batteries through a link Jon (jonanshell) gave me and relocated them and have not had a problem since and we really give em some abuse. By the way they were the same price as the Banner 110 amp ones.
    In my opinion it really depends how you use your van if mostly on hookup or mostly spring and summer use I suppose Leisure Batteries will suffice but never again for me. Stuck in the mountains in November once with no power was once too often.
     
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    Alan at A & N Caravan services has given me some very useful information re batteries and has advice here: http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk/battery-technology.php.

    He repairs battery chargers and has extensive knowledge of batteries - including those that cause the problems that he fixes.

    I bought a Varta Silver Dynamic on his recommendation but have not had it long enough to comment on it.
     
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    big doesnt always mean more store capacity.

    Plate thickness, number and structure are far more important.

    My car has a 100ah Bosch (re-branded as Mercedes), fitted from new in 2007, turning a 3ltr V6 diesel and is in excellent condition.
     
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    based on many years of experience, I use alphaline batteries, which have been excellent value for money and performed really well. nearly half the price of a banner of the same type (which is excellent) but with a 4 year warranty and reassuringly heavy because of thick plates
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-SEALE...ervan_Caravan_Accessories&hash=item417d7b5ae5 125ah £84.50

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alphaline...tEquipment_Accessories_SM&hash=item417b4dacfa 110ah £65.50

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-SEALE...ervan_Caravan_Accessories&hash=item3a863935a8 88ah £53.50

    oh and next day delivery included in the price:thumb:
     
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    The best batteries I have ever had are the Optima 5.5 yellow, they have round cells hence quick charging which is a bonus if you have solar panels, they are dual purpose and originally used mainly in the Marine world

    the only one that got near it was Varta 110amp
     

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    I will stick to my banner.it gives great service.and they last for years.:BigGrin:
     
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    One other point to consider is battery size. Don't buy one that is physically too large for where it is to be located :Smile:
     
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    But!!! with lots of us using high power inverters 2-3kw you need these high discharge batteries (starter type) or your very nice leisure battery will die.
     
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    :thumb:It Has To Be Banner..!!!!
     
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    I am using 2 125Ah Alphaline batteries with a 1.5Kw inverter and 400w of solar. Had them a couple of years with no problem.
     
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