Leisure Battery

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  1. sloth

    sloth Read Only Funster

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    Hi All
    Can anyone tell me the difference between a leisure battery and a standard engine battery
    and can you put a standard battery in as your leisure.
    Thanks all
     
  2. Goldenoldies

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    you cant use a standard battery as a leisure the plates are different.
     
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    You might care to read a review of battery types written by Charles Sterling - MD and founder of Sterling Power Products.
    http://www.sterling-power.com/

    In the left hand navigation pane click 'Support' then 'FAQs' then in the centre panel click 'what is the best battery to use for an auxiliary charging system'.
     
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    In most cases, the only difference is the sticker on the battery case!

    If you were to rephrase the question and ask; "what is the difference between a QUALITY leisure battery and a starter battery?", the answer is as follows.....

    A starter battery has thin plates of thin construction, but of large surface area. This makes it suitable for supplying large currents for short periods. Starting an engine is an example of this. Because discharging a battery to a low state of charge creates loss of material from the plates, use in a deep-discharge application will lead to a premature failure.

    Leisure, or deep-discharge, batteries have thick plates that are able to tolerate loss of material. This means they can stand repeated deep discharge cycles.
    The downside is they are unable to supply large currents for starting applications due to the small surface area of their plates.

    Beware the 'deep discharge leisure battery with starting performance', it's a starter battery!
     
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    Hi sloth,you have the answer to the first part of your question :Smile: so in answer to your second (I am assuming you already have a starter battery ) yes :BigGrin:It probably not last as long as a proper L/Batt but you may well get a few yrs out of it-it all depends on how it is used -keep it topped up with distilled water and charge :thumb::Wink:
    terry
     
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