Alternative leisure batteries.

Snowbird

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I bought some replacement batteries yesterday for our mobility scooters. Lucas 80 amp sealed lead acid at £90 each. They were half the size of a normal 110 amp leisure battery and twice the weight. These batteries are designed to be discharged and charged many times and I got to thinking just maybe they would make a good alternative to the bog standard leisure battery. What do you think.
 

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I believe that plenty of weight indicates a good leisure battery, yours will be called a traction battery I imagine which are supposed to be good for leisure use. Our Gels are only 80ah but as heavy as most 110ah.

Martin
 

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Dave, unless the on board charger is specifically designed to detect and switch over to gel type batteries they will almost certainly take an early bath if used in place of wet lead acid ones mate.. All a bit technical but the way gels charge is completely different to standard units.

Having said that, many charging systems in newer vans are indeed auto-detecting for battery type and if someone does have that system then your suggestion is a damned good one ! (y)
 

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Dave, unless the on board charger is specifically designed to detect and switch over to gel type batteries they will almost certainly take an early bath if used in place of wet lead acid ones mate.. All a bit technical but the way gels charge is completely different to standard units.

Having said that, many charging systems in newer vans are indeed auto-detecting for battery type and if someone does have that system then your suggestion is a damned good one ! (y)
Hi Jaws

Dave is posting about sealed lead acid mobility scooter batteries I muddied the water mentioning Gel and we have the charger settings for these, they are only 8 years old at the moment so will see how they last.

Martin
 
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These Lucas batteries are not gells, they are sealed lead acid.
 

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I did'nt see any ref in the OP to gel batteries
So agree 100% with you Dave, as already stated traction batteries can and do take the hammer
If they are gel see J,s advise re charger type
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The big help on these batteries is that they are VAT free and obviously made for the job. They are built for abuse and although I do not abuse my batteries there are occasions that they will be discharged considerably more than normal.
 

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Switch a switch on.

Does the item it is connected to work?

If yes, all is well.

If no then life gets a tad more complicated but properly check if there is room for the car and a ride on mower too.

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Switch a switch on.

Does the item it is connected to work?

If yes, all is well.

If no then life gets a tad more complicated but properly check if there is room for the car and a ride on mower too.

Please destroy this message after reading.


JJ :cool:
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As a motircyclist I fell in love with Odyssey type batteries. Are they suitable as leisure batteries.

Steve.
 
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