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Old 01-06-2009, 02:45 PM
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I need to buy two wet cell batteries. Ive looked at Walmart ( cheapest) NAPA (middle) and Interstate ( most $). Is there that much of a difference in quality. All are size 27 and rated about the same. What has been your experience. The OEM were Interstates and lasted 3 years. However $ are a consideration, $75 to $110
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Exide used to be junk but now I don't know. I went through two in two years back in the 90s and that's no fun on the water. I bought a cheap battery at Walmart for the wife's car and found it to be a relabeled Exide. It's been okay but I wouldn't have bought it if I had seen the exide name.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:34 PM
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Seek out a dealer in Deka, Trojan, or Surette batteries. Worth the time and effort to find and will last a long time.
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Most house brands are made by Johnson Controls. They're very good batteries, actually.
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There are only three battery manufacturers in the US. Johnson Controls, Exide and DEKA. The interstate battery is manufactured by Johnson Controls as well as Optima, Advance Auto, PEP Boys, ACDelco, Energizer, Duralast, Diehard, Varta, Dynasty, West Marine some EverStart (Wal-Mart) Marine models and OEM batteries for DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Johnson Controls is the worlds largest supplier of lead acid batteries. Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries. Hope this info helps you make a decision.
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I have 3yr. old exide in my tractor and spins like crazy in 0 temps every day. New batteries need to be charged to the top before you use them this is the best thing you can do for a new battery.
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I have had good luck with the interstates. I replaced mine this season and paid $80.00 each at the marina I launch from.
I am in the automotive industry and have sold many Interstates as well and havent had any issues to speak of.
I added a battery combiner and seemd to have better luck this year than in the last few . I dont have storage batteries aboard so I have had issues in the past. This season, not one. My Suzuki dealer recomended it and puts them on all his new boats.
I honestly cant tell you exactly how it works, but it sure seems to.
I still carry a jump box just in case.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:23 PM
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You cannot go wrong with Deka marine.They will last year after year.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:37 PM
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Why wet cell batteries?

Why not AGM batteries?

We have two Lifeline Group 31’s AGM Batteries and have NEVER had a problem. Try going to http://www.lifelinebatteries.com/ and looking around. The batteries are manufactured by Concorde Battery Corporation which makes top rated aircraft batteries.

Yes they cost more, but if you can't even see land, what is it worth for a battery that works?

For you racing fans, they also manufacture Rock Racing Batteries, used by many Sprint Cup teams and Pro Modified Drag Racers.

Wonder where one poster found only 3 battery manufacturers???
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I have two small group 24 Interstate batteries with a combiner and it has been 4 seasons now with no problems.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:24 PM
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Thanks for the info, I have 4 batteries onboard, 2 are good but 2 need replacement. I have a Guess onboard 4 bank charger. I dont know what a combiner is.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:51 PM
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There is a difference between a cheap wet cell and a top of the line. One way you can tell is if you can get the batteries side by side. If all the specs are the same, the heavier battery has thicker plates and will probably last longer and be more resistant to shorted plates.

On the other hand, I have owned a lot of batteries, and if you keep a wet cell battery top off with distilled water and fully charged, you will get many years out of any of them, cheap or expensive.

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Wonder where one poster found only 3 battery manufacturers???

Jerry specified wet cell batteries and there are only 3 manufactures in the US that make them, Since price was a consideration I figured AGM's were out of the question.

Hope that answers your question Vic.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:24 AM
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Buy where you find them the cheapest, I have found little differences in life of marine batteries, maybe some differences in the trolling motor batteries, but over all not worth spending $15 or more for a name brand. My last batteries came from Sam's club, and are now 3 years old and will still take a full charge. Maybe I need to knock on fiberglass but still going strong.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:33 AM
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Keep in mind, that regardless of who builds them, they are all not alike, even from the same manufacturer. I've used Delco Voyager Marine batteries and always get five plus years from a set. More expensive than the big box private label batteries, but they really hold up well and are maintenance free (note all motors can't use this type of battery).
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:02 AM
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For my opinion the longest service life is in conventional wet cell batteries thye can be maintained for decades. However note the term maintained like any other battery they can be ruined in weeks or even months. 10 years in the RV service industry has shown me that there is no one true best battery. The best battery is one that matchs your usage and lifestyle as well as your equipment. When you honestly narrow down the choices there will only be a few left that fit your needs choose the one that will provide you with the best warranty support. Also try and shop locally we all need to make a effort to keep our local business's open and they will often go beyond the standard warranty to keep you a customer.
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Different brands of batteries made by the same manufacturer are not all created equal, so don't fool yourself. In my opinion, an excellent battery at a fair price is the NAPA 84 Select series. Interstate is excellent too, but more expensive. Those two are my top picks. I have Interstates on my boat. Costco's Kirkland batteries are good for the money, and no hastles if you have an issue. My experience with Walmart batteries has been poor; they simply do not last in my experience....contrary to CR's recent rating...and the prices are not that great anymore. But the worse part is just try to return one under warranty. They will take hours of your time shuffling you between Customer Service and Automotive to fiddle with load tests etc. etc. Never another Walmart battery for me.

AGM batteries are a good choice if you run your boat at least once a week to keep the charge topped off, or if you use a battery maintainer. They self discharge more than wet cell batteries, and lifetime is reduced if they are not kept fully charged.
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:54 AM
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AGM batteries are a good choice if you run your boat at least once a week to keep the charge topped off, or if you use a battery maintainer. They self discharge more than wet cell batteries, and lifetime is reduced if they are not kept fully charged.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I thought AGM batteries were supposed to hold a charge longer than wet cells?
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:46 AM
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tompass - 1/6/2009 4:51 PM

I have two small group 24 Interstate batteries with a combiner and it has been 4 seasons now with no problems.
Same here, but I am replacing this spring as preventative maintainence.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:54 PM
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Any brand can have a defect, aside from that, I run 2 27 group wet cell batteries in my boat, remove & charge, service etc. for the winter. Check my charging system during the season, look at my volt meter sometime during each trip. I will never try to keep batteries until the last start. Every 3 years I replace them both, I figure I would rather know for sure I have cranking power, & bilge pump power than say I don't understand why they failed they're only X years old. I've been in the auto/Heavy Equipment repair trade for nearly 50 years. Batteries are built with a life span printed right on them, & that's for ideal conditions, which the marine environment is not. At $75. per battery that is $50. per year for 2. 25 trips a year, is $2. per trip, to know you have good batteries. J.M.H.O. Joe
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