Traction batterys

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    Looking to buy traction type batterys,fed up with so called leisure batterys.
    Size and weight no problem,so what would you suggest and where from :Smile:
     
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    In my experience Tayna give a great service and fast delivery at good prices Tayna
     
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    I put a set of six leisure batteries on my boat about seven years ago and only changed them six months ago, you must have been buying crap batteries.

    pair of 2 x 12v to give me 24v for each engine and 2 for leisure, lights, fridge etc

    Ours last !

    Peter
     
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    i got 2 US 12vXC Batteries from my local fork lift truck supplier.
     
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    so took you six years to try and start the engine peter, not surprised really:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Thanks John & Shell and Icantremember for the links, but you don't say which actual batteries you bought & I can't see "traction" batterys listed anywhere on either site?

    By the way Icantremember I do remember meeting you @ Oradour.
     
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    Just replaced my seven year old Trojans last weekend with 2 new ones.....

    http://www.tayna.co.uk/T-105-Trojan-Battery-Deep-Cycle-T105-P7253.html

    Great price and service from Tayna with next day delivery :thumb:

    I guarantee you wont go back to leisure after fitting traction battery's.....They just keep going :thumb:.

    Just remember they will give of gas when charging so will need to be in a sealed container and vented to the outside.

    Ralph
     
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    I have just clicked the link and it went straight there!

    'Traction' is a generic term, just as 'industrial' or 'deep discharge' is.

    The Dyno range is an industrial traction-type made in the States and they are very good value compared with Trojan.
    We did 4 days without recharging in VT last year on our 3 battery, 345Ah bank, 'nuff said!:thumb:
     
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    OK thanks for that, All i need to know now is how/why this 1 battery is better than the 2x 110 batteries I can buy for £20 less?
    Thanks.
     
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    If you want proper 'traction' batteries you need something like these TROJAN

    two of these wired in parallel will give you 225ah capacity, about the same as you have now, but are designed to be just about flattened before recharging.

    they are much more robust with far heavier/thicker plates and stand more abuse than regular lead/acid leisure batteries (
     
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    Hi Jay, I found Tayna to be very helpful on the phone and I would think they do most types of battery ...... certainly worth a phone call.

    Oradour seems ages ago now but it's nice to think back to the warm weather then. After seeing you we stayed for 2 nights before moving back up North.

    Brian
     
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    Any idea about the weight of them?
     
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    So 2 (12v) are 56kg:Eeek: Now what am I going to leave out to make room:Confused:
     
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    Pretty much made my mind up either Dyno or Trojans, just wanted to hear it from you guys. Looking to fit 2 maybe 3. not sure of size yet but i think bigger the better
    Also buying high output ctec charger to run off genny,not everyones choise but i like to keep things simple

    jonandshell---Yes we are looking to VT again this winter,just a few things to sort before we set a date, hopefully meet up with you,haggers and the gang,

    Peter---They were banner battries, normally good if you can keep them charged but i did run them down too much a couple of times which killed them, thats why im going for deep discharge batts
     
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    Rick (Motor roamin) has a couple of 1 year old 6v 220ah T6220's for sale.

    link to RVOC thread here

    a bargain at that price. :thumb:

     
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    56KG heavy? Mine are 75KG each and I have 2 of them :thumb:
     
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    I thought I had better clarify why mine are so heavy.

    They are Industrial Traction batteries designed for heavy duty UPS applications such as data centers. They are 12v 250AH VRLA AGM batteries with a 10 Year specced lifespan. I under utilise them by a major factor never discharging below 70% (or rarely) I charge them at a current well under their maximum charge rate which is 75amps each or 150amp combined. I currently charge at 25amp but will be upgrading the charger to 50 amps early next year which is still only 1/3rd of the maximum charge rate.

    Because I look after them even after 5 years+ they still hold as much charge as when they did when new.

    That all said I originally bought 4 of them but had to sell 2 when I downsized due to payload constraints. They were close to £400 each but can take some serious abuse when necessary.

    I have a B2B installed and if my vehicle battery goes flat I unbolt the input cable and connect it to the output. Leave it for a couple of minutes then crank the engine and it starts first time. Very handy in winter:thumb:

    I really did go nuts when speccing the batteries as 12v power is vital to me as a fulltimer. 500Ah was the minimum I could manage with to give me a week of work time if 240V wasn't available.


    The only downside to them is when I move them across vehicles they are bloody HEAVY:Eeek:
     
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    Try Manbat if you go to one their trade counters they normally charge everyone the trade price.

    they sell 'US Battery' traction batteries, but go for any Golf Cart traction battery normally sold in 6 volt mono bloc's.

    I've got a pair of park monobloc batteries which I got s/h about 10 years ago out of a old mobility car and they are used every night to power the garden lights and charged up via an old solar panel someone gave me, I forget to check the electrolyte quite often and have to charge them up overnight every couple of weeks in the winter.

    the only reason I mention that is to show if you look after these batteries they can give a long life.
     

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