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Old 05-27-2009, 03:41 PM
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Default Best Marine Batteries ??

I just found out that I need to replace my 3 year old batteries that came with the boat. Dealer says they only come with a one year warranty. I'm pissed!

It seems i never have good luck in this area. I have tried many different makes in the last 20 years.

I want to replace the with the best. I have group #27 now. My boat has 4 batties, tons of electronics, and twin F250 Yamahas

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Most may not agree with me that is ok

I have used nothing but Interstate batteries for over 20 years and they usually outlast their warranty. I am still using them in my current boat I have had now in my 3rd season and they are perfect no problems. I can use my trolling motor for two days and they still are strong when I get back to charge them. My starting battery has never had a problem either.

AGM batteries are more expensive but may be worth the extra depending on your needs. However I still am using regular acid filled and like I said have no problems.

The 6 cyl Verado's require AGM batteries due to their electric power steering other than that the choice is yours.

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I bought a used 34 Venture a few months ago. Found out quick that I need batteries. 4 of them to be exact! I wanted the best group 27 I could get. Odyssey seemed to be the front runner. Sticker shock!! $300 each! I went with 4 new Deka AGM's Group 27 $150 each. Not a bad price for a good battery. I could replace them every few years if I needed to. Good luck!
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Ouch. I will be in the market next year most likely.
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Take a look at Sears Platinum AGM.

Same exact battery as Odyssey, just labeled Die Hard.

Great value. Best warranty. 99.9% pure zinc used to make them. No other can claim this.
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WOW , great price on Deka AGM 27 ... I wish I coud find them for 150 around me...


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if you buy a battery at wal-mart, or sears, or an interstate, or others, please look closely at the fine print on the label. possibly in the lower left area of the label. it may say something like this, "dist. by johnson controls group inc." johnson controls, like many other manufactures, makes products distributed under multiple brand names. they are sold at various prices, depending on consumer desires. you may relate this brand name labeling scenario to the not recent peanut butter contamination problem. in peanut butter, there were varoius brands with identical production codes that were recalled. some were more expensive than others. they were all the same peanut butter, made at the same plant, but with different labels. johnson controls may make a better quality battery for interstate than for wal-mart. but i do not know that. i use wal-mart batteries in my boats and cars an find them to be of exellent quality. my offshore boat gets pounded by waves, and my wal-mart (johnson controls made automotive type) batteries work well. jeff.
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if you buy a battery at wal-mart, or sears, or an interstate, or others, please look closely at the fine print on the label. possibly in the lower left area of the label. it may say something like this, "dist. by johnson controls group inc." johnson controls, like many other manufactures, makes products distributed under multiple brand names. they are sold at various prices, depending on consumer desires. you may relate this brand name labeling scenario to the not recent peanut butter contamination problem. in peanut butter, there were varoius brands with identical production codes that were recalled. some were more expensive than others. they were all the same peanut butter, made at the same plant, but with different labels. johnson controls may make a better quality battery for interstate than for wal-mart. but i do not know that. i use wal-mart batteries in my boats and cars an find them to be of exellent quality. my offshore boat gets pounded by waves, and my wal-mart (johnson controls made automotive type) batteries work well. jeff.
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Jeff that was painful to read that long paragraph as there was no real point to your comment.

What the hell are you trying to say?

Peanut butter = Walmart = all batteries are the same??????
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Possibly, one of the best marine batteries in the world, HANDS DOWN: http://www.odysseysoutheast.com/discover-batteries.php
These are used by some of the best hardcore fishing boats, including SEAVEE. Just do a search and compare. If you try one, you won't regret it.
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I replace my battery set every 3 years... Never have problems... Just part of the cost of owning...
The old set(s) is used in my work shop for starting motors, traded off for other things, and sometimes given away to someone less fortunate...

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Have had great luck with Delco battereies, the sealed type with the green eye. Lasted over 5 years on two different sets. Reasonable price and long lasting and a sealed battery. Just tried to replace them and could not find any locally.

Ended up going with one high priced group 31 Sears AGM marine Platinum. $249 but on sale now with $10 off. Expensive but really put out a lot of cranking amps. Bought it based on claims here on THT.

For you three of the group 31 AGM diehard Platinums. One for each engine and another isolated for just the house. You want the best, then you hafta pay.
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I use two standard off the shelf 27's but I replace one every other year. The economic impact isn't as severe either.

By replacing one at a time I know I have one brand new or that's given me a year of good service and one that's a couple years old or on it's last leg. I start on and abuse the oldest but test the new every trip out, normally every other week.

On a four batt boat, I'd be changing one a year when the water pump(s) is/are replaced.
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I think is point is that there are a few battery manufacturers that brand their batteries under different labels. They all come off the same lines - you just pay for the marketing or the perceived difference.

Sort of like the Sears Platinum AGM. Same exact battery as Odyssey, just labeled Die Hard.
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still amazes me that people will spend THOUSANDS to see birds and the bottom at 1500 feet and then get cheap with batts....start right with the fundamental basis for your entire elelctrical system and get the right batts...
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I didn't quite follow the Peanut Butter/Wal-Mart thing either but, I have had a Wal-Mart Everstart battery on my boat for 3 years, did not even charge it thsi Spring and it started my boat right up. I have to say, I do not go off shore but do most of my boating/fishing in lakes and inshore.
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I just purchased GRP 27 DEKA batteries made under a name for AAFES. They have a 3 year warranty.
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Possibly, one of the best marine batteries in the world, HANDS DOWN: http://www.odysseysoutheast.com/discover-batteries.php
These are used by some of the best hardcore fishing boats, including SEAVEE. Just do a search and compare. If you try one, you won't regret it.
Save some money and buy the Sears Platinum AGMs. Built by odyssey. Same exact.

Easier to buy from Sears and return if needed than dealing with an Odyssey dealer.

I have both brands, Odyssey in Convert and Sears in Center Console and will only go to Sears in the future, much more convenient.

What Odyssey does have that is great for the big boats is an AGM that is 1/2 the size of 8D. Parallel 2 of them, much easier on the back to install than one giant 8D. More cranking power, more reserve amps than standard 8D.
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I dont see the point of AGMs unless you drain your batts down alot. Just a waste of money if you ask me.
Dont get me wrong I am sure there are circumstances where AGMs will out perform, but I think most people buy em just cause they are the most expensive and people equate that to better quality.
Most importantly get a battery that is appropriately sized for your needs.
You can get a group 27 battery rated up to 1000 cranking amps. I use two of these and i get the maintenance free type. 3-5 years and no probs
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