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Old 02-05-2015, 06:46 PM   #41
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Batteries are in the Costcos in Roseville, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Woodland and Vallejo. Where are you shopping, Art?
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:51 PM   #42
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I have 8 Crown CR235s in my house bank. They are two years old and were $942 all in. I also replaced an engine start 8D with a Crown 4D for $190. They looked like the biggest bang for the buck in my area. It will be at least another four years for me to be a satisfied customer. I think anything beyond six years is gravy for lead acid. I know there are folks with 8-12 year stories on lead acid batteries. I am skeptical, I would like to do a load test on one of those 8 year old lead acid battery.
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I saw the batteries last week in Orlando.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:10 PM   #44
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Batteries are in the Costcos in Roseville, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Woodland and Vallejo. Where are you shopping, Art?

Read your post - Thanks! We shop Costco - Novato, CA

I just called and learned they moved the batts into tire store. That's why I could not locate in main store where they'd been for years. Attendant I'd asked who said they no longer carried batts... had no clue - obviously!

I didn't pursue... as I was not in need for batts, just going to check prices etc compared to Batteries Plus where I shop.

I also asked on phone for group 31 batts and was told they do not carry that size; only group 24 and 27 - 12 volt batts, as well as 6 volt GC batts.

Next time I visit I will stroll into the tire outlet.

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Old 02-05-2015, 08:24 PM   #45
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I looked for Grp 31 there also and found they had none in stock. Even asked if they could order them but no luck.

Tough to beat them on GCs, though.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:01 PM   #46
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I looked for Grp 31 there also and found they had none in stock. Even asked if they could order them but no luck.

Tough to beat them on GCs, though.
JFHOI ("Just For Heck Of It" - lol) Acronyms have gone bezerk!!

- I tried to shop Costco marine batts on the net; to find stats, costs, etc. Not much luck. On one page Costco site mentioned: "...some items can be purchased at store only"

- Then I tried Sears marine batts. Fairly good info.

- When I brought up Batteries Plus there was good info on batts.

I believe, from my limited time this eve comparing batts between Sears and Batts Plus, that Batts Plus has best prices and double the guarantee... at least in group 31's. East Penn builds Batts Plus marine batts.

All batts on our boats have been Batts Plus' wet-cell batts for nearly seven years. All are still doing well. SFSG (So Far So Good - lol, acronyms...)

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no one has mentioned the Optima AGM's - I installed two of the blue deep cycle ones on my boat last year....will know if they held up for the winter in a few weeks.
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no one has mentioned the Optima AGM's - I installed two of the blue deep cycle ones on my boat last year....will know if they held up for the winter in a few weeks.
Optima Bluetops do not have much capacity compared to a traditional agm battery. The Optima group 31 equivalent has only 75ah (20 hr rate) compared to 100ah for your average deep cycle group 31 agm.
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I saw an interesting 8D replacement at the Bay Bridge Boat Show yesterday. It is made by Northstar Batteries. On sale for about $600. It was comprised of 3 group 24 agm batteries with a bus bar that attaches to the top.

228 ah and 2250 CCA. It would be a lot easier to move three group 24s than one 8D
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:31 AM   #51
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If you are reading CCA you are looking at a start batt.

A Quality 8D is about $150 at your local big truck store.

The golf cart batts are all Deep Cycle and a 6V 200Ah (20 hour rate)unit should run $80-$100 .

Any of the box stores or Sears could be low cost source.

A golf cart shop has huge buying volume , another source.

Inshore or for ICW travel the Sears may be the easiest to get replaced.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:13 PM   #52
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I saw an interesting 8D replacement at the Bay Bridge Boat Show yesterday. It is made by Northstar Batteries. On sale for about $600. It was comprised of 3 group 24 agm batteries with a bus bar that attaches to the top.

228 ah and 2250 CCA. It would be a lot easier to move three group 24s than one 8D
Sounds like a lot of money and no AH improvement over an 8D. That's where the GCs shine. $600 for a set of 6 to fit in 2 8D boxes and you gain almost 50% AH. My 8D was 225AH x 2 = 450AH. My GCs are 220AH per set x 3 sets=660AH. Each GC weighs something like 62 lbs.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:50 PM   #53
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Anybody that needs battery boxes might check this out. I used some for my new house bank.

Century Plastics: White Heavy Duty Battery Box - (part#: GCE-G)
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Anybody that needs battery boxes might check this out. I used some for my new house bank.

Century Plastics: White Heavy Duty Battery Box - (part#: GCE-G)
I use these as well and they are very heavy duty and work great, I only wish they had one box for 6 or 8 batts.

I used one 4x and one 2x for a house bank of 6 GC batts. then bought another 4x when I upgraded to 8 GC batts. The 2x now is for spare parts storage.
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Bought my battery boxes from those folks and I am very happy with them. I had to create my own house banks using 2-banks with 4-6vDC golf cart batteries I bought at Costco. I then wired in a Pro Mariner ProIsocharge (2-input with 4 outputs) that ties in my start and house batteries off my engine alternators.

I also rewired the battery charger so it only charges the house batteries. Less stress on the start batteries






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Mighty fine cable work. Do you "make your own" cables?
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Yep and thanks. The cables and associated stuff cost just as much as the batteries!
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It does look good ASD, ya need a heat gun however to make it perfect.

Flame just doesn't make the heat shrink look as nice.

I really like the cable sizing, looks correct in every way.
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"I looked for Grp 31 there also and found they had none in stock. Even asked if they could order them but no luck."

Series 31 is a size start batt that is used in large reucks.

Will be hard to find with Golf Cart deep cycle construction.
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What is a recuk? Truck maybe?
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