View Poll Results: What type of battery has given you the longest service life?
Lead Acid 3-4 Years 1 2.70%
Lead Acid 5-6 Years 16 43.24%
Lead Acid 7+ Years 8 21.62%
AGM 3-4 Years 2 5.41%
AGM 5-6 Years 1 2.70%
AGM 7+ Years 7 18.92%
Gel 3-4 Years 0 0%
Gel 5-6 Years 0 0%
Gel 7+ Years 2 5.41%
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:35 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by motion30 View Post
I am willing to bet most batteries are killed prematurely rather than Dying a natural death
I agree!!
The OEM battery charger on my boat killed a pair of LA 8-D's that were barely 2 years old, when it was going bad. Even though we only turned it on when we were on the boat.

The replacement Xantrex Truecharger, a smartcharger, babies them along maintaining them 24 - 7 at the dock. I average about 9 years on a battery bank before I change them out. I've got one bank due now. Switched to LA 4-D's many years ago because of the lighter weight.

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Old 04-13-2015, 09:38 PM   #22
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Cripes, this all sounds like calling for a vote at the General Assembly of the UN!

Edit. Bruce will PM you the name of very good battery guys, with prices to match up here on the northern beaches.(sorry for the slight hijack)

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Old 04-14-2015, 10:56 AM   #23
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I just installed new house and start betteries. If you take care and service your floods and don't cook them, the will give just as long or longer service than AGM or Gels at less cost.

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Old 04-14-2015, 11:18 AM   #24
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Greetings from across the pond!

Victron Energie 4 x 200Ah with smart charger 16 years old, flattened to nowt several times. work a treat (wish i had not said that)

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Old 04-16-2015, 11:51 AM   #25
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East Penn LA 8Ds, 1 start and 1 house. The start was in the boat in boat when we bought it in 2010. The house is a deep cycle and I replaced it in 2012, I have a ProMariner 1260c3 charger that I installed right after buying the boat. I have to add less than 1/2 a quart of water per year.

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