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Old 12-08-2003, 12:34 PM
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I am looking for a good battery for cranking and electrionics.What brand of battery have you had the best luck with?
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:41 PM
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Go to Wal Mart, get the largest Deep-Cycle/Starting Battery they have. That will ususally be a yellow one who's part number starts with the number 29. It will cost you just under $70, it will have 875 amps cold cranking capacity and a 205 Reserve Capacity.

Wal Mart's batterys are made by Johnson Controls, as are about 70% of the rest of the batterys sold in the US.

These things are less expensive, they are not cheaper in the sense that they are made just as well as the same model with someone else's name tag on the front, like Die Hard.

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Old 12-08-2003, 03:05 PM
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Thanks again for th information. You were a great help on the charger and wiring question.
I heard that Walmart and Interstate were made by
Johnson control but was not sure. Cranking battery in boat seems ok but came with the boat it was installed in 2001. I would feel better if it was replaced. Just to be safe.The other two batteries were installed June 2003.
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OR, go to Costco and buy the same battery with a different sticker on it for $49 bucks.

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Yeah, I'm really not trying to single out Wal Mart, I'm just saying that where ever you can get the best price because fore the most part they are all the same, particularly when you are getting them from someone who you know full well doesn't have any manufacturing capability. I mean, you absolutly know that Sears, and Wal Mart, and Costco, and all the rest of them are just contracting for train-loads of the things from someone who puts their name on them. Well, that someone is Johnson Controls and they only make a few large marine batterys but the things get sold under a lot of different names at a lot of different prices. Get them where you can get them the cheapest.

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The batteries that have been mentioned are typical plate and electrolyte (lead plate with liquid acid) type of batteries.

They are good batteries if you want that style, but if you want the best battery for the marine environment, you cannot get any better than an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery.

For the best AGM marine battery, get an Optima. They are not cheap... but they are the best there is... and they will never leak acid because the electrolyte is a gel. In fact, you could mount an Optima upside down if you had to.

If you want inexpensive... go with the batteries suggested above. They are good choices for conventional wet-cell batteries. However, if you want the best battery for the marine environment, go with an Optima.


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Old 12-08-2003, 10:03 PM
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Deka makes an excellent batt.(also an agm batt.)
agm batteries will typically last longer during the day, and longer yrs. in service of same size lead acid batt. optimas great as well, but I have seen far more warranty concerns with them over deka, or even dual pro. just my .02
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Ditto on the Optima. Best battery I've ever had.

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Old 12-09-2003, 08:25 AM
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i have had good luck with a basspro gell batt.
went with it because i had to mount it on it's side after boat mod. 3 years, no problems, store in winter with no float charger and love it. also have 3 optimas and they are doing good after 1 year. i won't go back to lead acid except in tractors or cars that get used reg. all year.
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And here is a cool little site with some nice info on bats:

http://www.4unique.com/battery/batte...%20Maintenance

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Old 12-09-2003, 04:23 PM
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Another factor in my choice are my inbaord battery chargers one is a Guest 2620 for my 24 volt system and Guest 2608 for the cranking battery. Will the chargers I have work with the gel batteries?? They work great for the regular deep cycle batteries.
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