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Old 09-11-2014, 02:47 AM   #1
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New Golf cart batteries

My present golf cart batteries are US2200, 232 amp battieries. There are 4 of them, 7 years old and are showing their age. Won't hold a good charge over night after I have the inverter on and watched a movie on TV. So if I am going to buy new batteries should I stick with my US2200, or go with Crown 235 or the Trojan equivilant. I'd like to hear the consensus out there.

I have a 150 amp alternator, Xantrax 2000 msw inverter/charger. 6 cubic foot norcold refregerator, an onan 3k genset and Webasto 3500 airtop furnace that is fussy about low voltgage. Plus the usual lights on a 1981 Marine Trader 41, tri-cabin trawler. Pretty standard stuff. I also have a start battery that is working fine.
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:25 AM   #2
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Start with installing a SOC meter .

You cant manage the batts with out a gas gauge to know what is going on.

Here is one example,

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Old 09-11-2014, 06:48 AM   #3
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Save your old batteries for trade in cores. They are worth $20+ depending on where you buy. Found TrojanT-105s for $93 plus $20 core charge if you don't have an old battery to trade in.

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Old 09-11-2014, 07:00 AM   #4
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Trojans seem to give me longer service than other brands that I have used. I can't give the data to back up this claim but 30 years of marine house bank and RV house bank experience stored in my head leaves this unsupported opinion!
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You can't go wrong with Trojans.

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Old 09-11-2014, 02:02 PM   #6
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I really liked the US Battery L16s I had in my inverter bank. Lasted many more cycles than expected. The only reason I replaced them with similar Trojans was price from a local shop.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:29 PM   #7
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I agree with adding a battery meter.

I dealt with Trojan batteries for years maintaining and running various industrial and janitorial equipment.All most all of the equipment had 105 batteries.I stand by them.I had no problems getting a long life out of them, while using them daily.I know one floor machine had 105's that lasted at over 10 years with nothing more than general maintenance and proper charging.It was ran daily,except Sundays.That's all I did to the machine the entire time it was in my care.Our heavily used equipment averaged 7 years on their battery banks.

On another note.I do seriously believe in their remote auto watering system in situations where access to checking the battery's electrolyte levels would be difficult.A few of our machines had them and the add on tank which I think was 3 gallons.
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Trojans seem to be the popular battery

I do have a remote basic meter that you can get with Xantrax, the one with all the coloured bars. But an upgrade in the meter department will probably be on my winter project list.

I believe my fresh water pump that is cycling to much is probably due to low voltage. The over cycling usually happens once we have been at anchor for a while.

My boat just came in for the season today and so I will probably buy new batteries at the January boat show promotions unless I find a really good deal in Vancouver before then. It looks like Trojan 105s are around $160.00 in the Vancouver area.
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It's hard to beat Trojans, but they can be a little pricey. I have 220AH Costco Golf Cart batteries made by Interstate which I bought for about 40% less than Trojans. They have been trouble-free for 3 1/2 years and I'm hoping for another 3-5 years service.

Last time I looked several months ago, they were selling at Costco for around US $90.
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Old 10-05-2014, 03:33 PM   #10
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The Costco/interstate GC batteries are 84.00 with a 15.00 core. That price is in Gig Harbor WA.
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Any south sounds (Puget Sound) guys on here with a good location to purchase batteries?
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Interstate is not a manufacturer, they are a marketer and distributor. Their GCs are made by US Battery, I believe. Here is a good attempt at sorting out the various brands and actual manufacturers:

Lead-Acid Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List 2014

For generic GCs it is hard to beat Costco or Sam's. Or, of course, a big golf cart distributor. If I lived in the PNW the first and probably last brand I would be looking at is Dyno; local and great quality.

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That cross ref list should be a sticky. Thanks for posting it.
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West Marine Batteries = Trojans?

If I am reading that correctly Trojan makes Westmarine batteries. Has any one tried the stupidly expensive lithium batteries?
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It's hard to beat Trojans, but they can be a little pricey. I have 220AH Costco Golf Cart batteries made by Interstate which I bought for about 40% less than Trojans. They have been trouble-free for 3 1/2 years and I'm hoping for another 3-5 years service.

Last time I looked several months ago, they were selling at Costco for around US $90.
Al, at 220ah, am I right they must be 8Ds? Are they 12v or 6? $90 I wish, conventional 220Ah 8Ds here are $300+.
The IG has a peculiar system, one 12v 8D per engine, no dedicated house, it doubles as start/house. No where obvious to put a house set up. Thank goodness for solar and the Onan.
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Al, at 220ah, am I right they must be 8Ds? Are they 12v or 6? $90 I wish, conventional 220Ah 8Ds here are $300+.
The IG has a peculiar system, one 12v 8D per engine, no dedicated house, it doubles as start/house. No where obvious to put a house set up. Thank goodness for solar and the Onan.
Bruce, they're 220AH at 6V. A pair in series provides 220AH at 12V. Parallel 3 series pairs and you get 660AH at 12V. Fortunate for me, the 6 GC batteries fit in my 2 8D house battery boxes.

How about a smaller start battery (group 31) and make the 8Ds the house bank?
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That cross ref list should be a sticky. Thanks for posting it.

I agree David so I just stickies this thread.

Perhaps we should start a "Best of" thread for links to all things electrical or electronic in this forum and we can stick all these kind of links in it without any follow up posts?
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If I am reading that correctly Trojan makes Westmarine batteries.
In my experience, West Marine brand batteries are made by East Penn (Deka). I've bought their AGM's from a local industrial batt supplier, far cheaper than the WM price. Sometimes they are labeled WM, sometimes Deka.
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In my experience, West Marine brand batteries are made by East Penn (Deka). I've bought their AGM's from a local industrial batt supplier, far cheaper than the WM price. Sometimes they are labeled WM, sometimes Deka.
Most were (also referenced in Darden's doc), but I think Trojan did a couple for them at one point.

Looks like West is also selling Northstar batteries now, which is an OEM and a good brand.

I think you'd have to be pretty desperate to buy batteries from West, price wise.
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