How old are your batteries

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  1. Techno

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    It is now 6 yrs since I fitted my batteries for my inverter. 3 are 6 and 1 is a year or 2 younger
    I originally said I would give them away after 4 yrs and fit new ones but they are still kicking.
    These are just sealed maintenance free from battery mega store at a cheap price without the hype and advertising of the likes of banner batteries for the dealers
     
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    Leisure and motor batteries are both original, so 6yrs old.
     
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    A life of kettle kettle kettle kettle hairdrier kettle microwave kettle jetwasher kettle kettle hairdrier microwave .............
    Never counted the days tho but just shows if batteries are kept topped up and not neglected ,maintenance free cheapos are fine
     
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    Mine are still going strong after 4yrs Andy, the same batteries as yours
     
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    Same mppt solar regulator and 300watts too so proved to be a winning formula
     
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    Recently replaced 10 year old cab battery . Also a 6 year old & 7 year old hab batteries, both were cheapo battery mega store ones
    Which were transferred from previous van.
     
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    Duplicate
     
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    You don’t strike me as a hair dryer type of guy Andy, but you can drink tea I guess :D
     
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  9. Basildog

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    Not really much point in discussing the age of batteries as it’s the amount of use that normally dictates their lifespan.
    I know plenty of full timers who say that the performance of batteries is ok for a year then at 2 years they are noticeably lacking in performance.
     
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    I think it is more than just the amount of use actually more down to the amount of abuse, I am sure Andy @Techno "uses" his batteries but he does not "abuse" them as he has a decent sized bank for his inverter they will not get discharged too low and then they will get recharged again as he has a decent amount of solar.

    Likewise our original two Exide GEL batteries are at least 8 if not 10 or more years old and another two are 5 years old, we use the van about 6 or 7 months a year and very rarely on hook up the batteries do work hard when we are using the inverter for microwave coffee machine hair dryer etc etc but they are very rarely at less than 12.6 when they are resting and are usually back to 13v by the time we go to bed, we have 320w of solar and MPPT regulator to charge them back up.

    Martin
     
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    Had to change the battery on our Volvo last year, 11 years old and 200,000 miles, but with that many miles, it was probably getting constantly charged rather than drained !
     
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    Our single Yuasa leasure battery is 5 in july. After fitting the BM1 monitor I'm quite obsessed with it so it should last years :love:

    Ann's got hair straightening irons which is the hardest work it ever does.
     
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    DO NOT get me started on batteries......:(
     
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    Banners(y) 3 years and still going strong
     
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    March 2005 still original x2 Exide Gel batteries 140ah so know what would be fitted again when these knacker.
    X2 solar, pwm regulator, if I leave the van a week or so in winter without hook up they still show as full, seems like magic so leaving well alone.
     
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    Single Lion 110ah - 3 years......
     
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