Halfords or Somewhere Else For a New Leisure Battery? (1 Viewer)

Feb 5, 2022
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Long time reader, first time poster. :giggle:

I'm from the US (don't hold that against me haha) and moved out here a few months ago to live full time in a 2003 Fiat Ducato Ci Caricoa motorhome. The leisure battery seems to be on it's last leg - it won't charge up anymore (when the vehicle is running or when plugged into mains). I'd really appreciate any opinions about where to buy a new leisure battery, and which batteries are great options.

The battery that came with the motorhome is a SuperBatt LM110 Silver 9000; which sells on Amazon for 110 pounds. I'm fine with paying more than that for one that will be more durable and higher quality. I tried watching YouTube videos about which batteries to buy, and after taking copious notes about amp hours and cycles -- I'm just really overwhelmed and don't know what to choose.

I'm currently in the Essex area which gives me access to Halfords or Eurocarparts stores as well as whatever else is in this area. Of course, there's Amazon as well, but most of the batteries on there aren't deliverable to a 3rd party pickup location (which is how I have to do it since I don't have a physical home address here).

Thank you in advance!
 
Sep 17, 2020
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I would go to either of those outlets, tell them what you've got and ask for an equivalent replacement. I've bought online and come unstuck when the new battery dimensions were wrong and it wouldn't fit in the space provided - the return postage was stupidly expensive. (Battery was for daughters VW, but fortunately was just right for my van so I had an unexpected upgrade).

Halfords may well fit it for you too, and give warranties, so keep the receipt.

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:welcome4: :cheers: Have you tried any Motorhome/Caravan sales places near you? Most will stock a battery that will replace yours and be more knowledgeable about them as well.
 
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I think that as long as you have a UK postcode as your delivery address, Tayna will get the battery to you by next day delivery if ordered before 18:45. Their best buy 110Ah battery would cost you around £112 including delivery. If you think this forum will help clarify your thing regarding which battery to choose, you might find yourself in an even more confusing blizzard of lithiums versus wets versus AGMs etc. You can phone Tayna and they will happily advise - website here: https://www.tayna.co.uk
 

Bobby-gg

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Prior to my lithium upgrade I fitted a Halfords Efb700 leisure battery which was really just a rebadged yuasa battery, and with a trade card could be obtained for £88, but I've just checked the price and they've gone up in price dramatically

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PP Bear

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I always use Halfords, I love there no quibble exchange for batteries so as long as it’s inside the guarantee period, they’ll come out to the carpark and fit a new one from any store. Just ask for the receipt to be emailed, then you’ll always have it.

Eurocarparts do leisure batteries, but it’s countertop service, so while they’ll guarantee it, I prefer the Halfords service.

Don’t forget you can get a decent discount if you know anyone with a trade card.

They also recycle your old battery for free, which is a bonus for me, plus you can join the motoring club for free and then check out the discounts 👍🏻

Anyway, good luck 🇺🇸 and hope you carry on enjoying the journeys. Don’t be a stranger and gets some pictures posted too.

 
Feb 25, 2018
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Long time reader, first time poster. :giggle:

I'm from the US (don't hold that against me haha) and moved out here a few months ago to live full time in a 2003 Fiat Ducato Ci Caricoa motorhome. The leisure battery seems to be on it's last leg - it won't charge up anymore (when the vehicle is running or when plugged into mains). I'd really appreciate any opinions about where to buy a new leisure battery, and which batteries are great options.

The battery that came with the motorhome is a SuperBatt LM110 Silver 9000; which sells on Amazon for 110 pounds. I'm fine with paying more than that for one that will be more durable and higher quality. I tried watching YouTube videos about which batteries to buy, and after taking copious notes about amp hours and cycles -- I'm just really overwhelmed and don't know what to choose.

I'm currently in the Essex area which gives me access to Halfords or Eurocarparts stores as well as whatever else is in this area. Of course, there's Amazon as well, but most of the batteries on there aren't deliverable to a 3rd party pickup location (which is how I have to do it since I don't have a physical home address here).

Thank you in advance!
Where in Essex? You could have one delivered to me in Clacton on Sea if it helps? I would go for Lithium if you can afford it?
 
Feb 20, 2017
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Dramatically is not dramatic enough to describe their price increases.
Prior to my lithium upgrade I fitted a Halfords Efb700 leisure battery which was really just a rebadged yuasa battery, and with a trade card could be obtained for £88, but I've just checked the price and they've gone up in price dramatically

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Vanman

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Where in Essex? You could have one delivered to me in Clacton on Sea if it helps? I would go for Lithium if you can afford it?
Don't forget though that you may need to make several changes - assuming that Lithium will be compatible in the first place!
 
Feb 9, 2008
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Hi, You may well regret asking for advice on which battery to use. Every man and his dog on here will give you different recommendations leaving you totally confused.
Tanya are a good battery distributor and supply dedicated leisure batteries which perform differently to car batteries, so be careful if choosing a battery from Halfords who are more geared towards cars than motorhomes.
Also, get the right type ! If your set up is with Lead acid then replace with Lead acid as AGM, Gel & Lithium require different charging set ups.
The battery you have installed is a dual purpose battery and as best as I can make out a Lead Acid battery. So, replace with anouther Lead Acid battery. Many members on here have fitted Yuasa EFB lead acid batteries and to date very few bad reports.

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PP Bear

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Hi, You may well regret asking for advice on which battery to use. Every man and his dog on here will give you different recommendations leaving you totally confused.
Tanya are a good battery distributor and supply dedicated leisure batteries which perform differently to car batteries, so be careful if choosing a battery from Halfords who are more geared towards cars than motorhomes.
Also, get the right type ! If your set up is with Lead acid then replace with Lead acid as AGM, Gel & Lithium require different charging set ups.
The battery you have installed is a dual purpose battery and as best as I can make out a Lead Acid battery. So, replace with anouther Lead Acid battery. Many members on here have fitted Yuasa EFB lead acid batteries and to date very few bad reports.
Good advice indeed, but I’ve been using Halfrauds leisure batteries for many years and never had an issue 👍🏻
 
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Halfords are ok. They can’t afford to lose reputation. They also offer a fitting service at reasonable cost. Change like for like and you’re ok for a few years.
Phil

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Long time reader, first time poster. :giggle:

I'm from the US (don't hold that against me haha) and moved out here a few months ago to live full time in a 2003 Fiat Ducato Ci Caricoa motorhome. The leisure battery seems to be on it's last leg - it won't charge up anymore (when the vehicle is running or when plugged into mains). I'd really appreciate any opinions about where to buy a new leisure battery, and which batteries are great options.

The battery that came with the motorhome is a SuperBatt LM110 Silver 9000; which sells on Amazon for 110 pounds. I'm fine with paying more than that for one that will be more durable and higher quality. I tried watching YouTube videos about which batteries to buy, and after taking copious notes about amp hours and cycles -- I'm just really overwhelmed and don't know what to choose.

I'm currently in the Essex area which gives me access to Halfords or Eurocarparts stores as well as whatever else is in this area. Of course, there's Amazon as well, but most of the batteries on there aren't deliverable to a 3rd party pickup location (which is how I have to do it since I don't have a physical home address here).

Thank you in advance!

Just check that the height is ok

 
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slyfry
Feb 5, 2022
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Thank you so much to everyone who responded! I really do appreciate it! (And special thanks to MisterB for offering your mailing address — that was above and beyond kind!)

It sounds like Halfords might be the most simple option for me at this point, since they come out to the motorhome and fit it and everything. Tanya’s sounds like a great option as well, but unfortunately I need to be on the road tomorrow to pickup family from the airport. I’ll just find a Halfords on the way and pop in. Thanks again!!!
 

PP Bear

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Thank you so much to everyone who responded! I really do appreciate it! (And special thanks to MisterB for offering your mailing address — that was above and beyond kind!)

It sounds like Halfords might be the most simple option for me at this point, since they come out to the motorhome and fit it and everything. Tanya’s sounds like a great option as well, but unfortunately I need to be on the road tomorrow to pickup family from the airport. I’ll just find a Halfords on the way and pop in. Thanks again!!!
If you look online to find which store you’ll be using, then order them, they’ll be ready for you when you get there. It’ll also confirm that they have them in stock.

Good luck 🍀👍🏻

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slyfry
Feb 5, 2022
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Fun update - turns out there’s a Halfords 10 minutes from me that is still open, so I just went in. I was about to spend £200 on a Halford’s brand leisure battery, only to have them tell me that they won’t actually fit it for me. The guy said they will only put car batteries in - or ones that are installed in the boot or bonnet. Since I was going to buy a leisure battery and it’s housed under the drivers seat, they wouldn’t help. Good times.
 

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Fun update - turns out there’s a Halfords 10 minutes from me that is still open, so I just went in. I was about to spend £200 on a Halford’s brand leisure battery, only to have them tell me that they won’t actually fit it for me. The guy said they will only put car batteries in - or ones that are installed in the boot or bonnet. Since I was going to buy a leisure battery and it’s housed under the drivers seat, they wouldn’t help. Good times.
Haha - my van battery went and they wouldn't sell me another battery because it was not in their database despite it being a Renault Master base.
 
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Halfrauds. Hlb700 are a good value battery.
£88 last time I looked and £189 today!!!! That is a piss take?

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Feb 20, 2017
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Halfrauds. Hlb700 are a good value battery.
£88 last time I looked and £189 today!!!! That is a piss take?
What is even more puzzling is the fact that the actual battery made by Yaesu is cheaper!

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Dec 2, 2019
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I fitted a pair of grunt 105Ah Lion batteries from Eurocarparts 3 years ago (£86 nowadays) and they have been fine for the past 3 years full time

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Feb 18, 2022
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Long time reader, first time poster. :giggle:

I'm from the US (don't hold that against me haha) and moved out here a few months ago to live full time in a 2003 Fiat Ducato Ci Caricoa motorhome. The leisure battery seems to be on it's last leg - it won't charge up anymore (when the vehicle is running or when plugged into mains). I'd really appreciate any opinions about where to buy a new leisure battery, and which batteries are great options.

The battery that came with the motorhome is a SuperBatt LM110 Silver 9000; which sells on Amazon for 110 pounds. I'm fine with paying more than that for one that will be more durable and higher quality. I tried watching YouTube videos about which batteries to buy, and after taking copious notes about amp hours and cycles -- I'm just really overwhelmed and don't know what to choose.

I'm currently in the Essex area which gives me access to Halfords or Eurocarparts stores as well as whatever else is in this area. Of course, there's Amazon as well, but most of the batteries on there aren't deliverable to a 3rd party pickup location (which is how I have to do it since I don't have a physical home address here).

Thank you in advance!
AGM's & Gel are not really a leisure battery (designed for boats, wheel chairs etc in case of tipping over) nor most of the batteries sold by Tayna or anyone else for that matter, they are car batteries, if you only need the battery for 4 years or less then that does not matter, a leisure battery should handle a continuous charge and also just sit for a month or two with no charge, a lead acid leisure battery should also be a deep cycle battery, unless it is a Lithium, which is an ideal leisure battery, but you may have to change your charger etc.
 

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