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Old 03-15-2016, 08:52 AM   #2
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While Practical Sailor may be right, I wonder how they came to that conclusion. Did they set up a controlled test of several types of batteries, discharging them and (mostly) recharging them over hundreds of cycles? That would be PS' normal test method. Or did they interview cruisers, which is very subjective.

But I suspect that any long term cruiser with solar panels (and most cruisers should have them), do get their batteries fully charged at least once or twice a week, so partial recharging should become less of an issue.

Not that I am defending AGMs. In almost all cases I prefer golf cart batteries for house use.

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