Varta Silver batteries (F18) for leisure use?

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Been a while since I've looked at batteries, but after finding my leisure batteries flat for the 2nd time (1.7v!) I think I should swap them. Have been using the Elecsol ones....

Anyway, the vehicle battery (Transit) is a Varta Silver F18 http://www.batterymegastore.co.uk/product/F18/

I'm sure someone recommended them for leisure use as well - any first hand experience?

+ point: (a) 2x will fit where I want them; (b) they are the same as the vehicle battery so the alternator charging will be charging identical batteries; (c) good price; (d) I'm sure someone said they were good!
- point: I want one with LH+ and one with RH+ :(

Any first hand experiences or recommendation would be good, as long as they would charge in coexistence with an F18 anyway.

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I've read that before but lost the link, may have been where I first heard. So they say yes.

Before I order, any other views from the real world?
 
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Thanks terry, but too big - they are taller and longer, and room is tight.
 

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Hi again having just read the link there could well be something in it --only this morning I was talking to a couple of mates and we were on about batteries and quite by chance I was saying that every Ambulance and gov vehicle that I saw always just had big starter batts in place and they never bothered with L/Bs -it came about after them showing me a rather large batt that came out of the Dipping unit that I have just bought all the stuff out of -so maybe they know something we don't (y);)
I know when I converted the Ambulance I used the big starter type battery for around 3 yrs before it died-no idea how old it was before I got it but it certainly worked as a LB (y):D
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Two 100 Ah Banner leisure batteries will fit under your passenger seat.

The batteries you mention use silver calcium grids to support the plate material. This is to facilitate rapid charging and discharging in vehicles with stop-start systems.
It doesnt mean they are any good for deep discharge cycles.
I'd put the Banners in. They do a low profile 100AH battery which fits snugly singulaly or in pairs under your Transit seat.
 

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Again just looked at your link and it's from the same place -battery megastore (y) no complaints from me --on the one occasion they did not have one in stock they kept me well informed of status and new delivery date by both phone and email -top marks for them (y) pity all company's are not the same :)
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