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Offline GregL

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Deep Cycle Batteries?
« on: September 14, 2020, 12:16:04 PM »
So I am totally frustrated. I got 4 - 31-series Interstate brand batteries when we got our boat in 2019. I just had to replace one of them 0 warranty!! That's my fault for not checking .. just assumed it would be over a year like other high end deep cycles.

I am pretty sure my 3 tm batteries are on the way out as well!!! $800 cdn in batteries and they lasted less than 20 trips over a year in a bit!

When I first got them it was easy to go 2-3 days depending on weather, over this past week they were less than 1/2 charged by mid day! I had to charge these things every night..

So I'm looking for suggestions on a good quality battery I can get some life out of .. open to all suggestions!

Offline Ozzy30

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 01:42:04 PM »
I usually just rum the nautilus batteries.  They definitely carry more than 1 year warranty but my batteries only last a couple years usually.  I only have a 12v electric system that is hard on the battery for sure.  I would think the ipilot would work the 24v batteries pretty hard.  You may have to try an agm deep cycle battery, expensive but have heard good things about them

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2020, 03:03:45 PM »
I may go the agm route, I looked a lithium they are stupid crazy expensive!

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Re: Deep Cycle Batteries?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2020, 07:18:14 AM »
Similar issue here with my solar system. I have 6-6v gel pack batteries and they aren't holding the charge like they used to. They're 3 yrs old. No need to replace anything yet but in a couple of years, probably gonna have to. I've looked at Lithium batteries like the Tesla Powerwall but they are ridiculously expensive. I understand there's new tech coming out like super capacitors and other stuff. I'm in wait and see mode right now. 
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Re: Deep Cycle Batteries?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2020, 08:30:39 AM »
I don't know what brand of batteries I have in my boat but this is the third season for me.
Still going strong.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2020, 09:45:59 AM »
That's what I was expecting, I used to get 4-5 years out of TM batteries and they were just costco deep cycles... oy!
I don't know what brand of batteries I have in my boat but this is the third season for me.
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Re: Deep Cycle Batteries?
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2020, 02:35:26 PM »
I have Interstates in my 24v TM and they are 4 years old. You guys have to make sure you're charging them properly.
I pull mine out every fall, place on rubber mats, top up levels etc....and trickle charge all winter long.

Watch...they'll crap out next summer Lol
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2020, 05:43:25 PM »
Hey Greg
My solar power system is agm batteries. I have 20 265 amp 12 volt. They were installed in 2012 and came  with a 10 year warranty.  I am really impressed as they run the entire camp. So far have performed flawlessly. I do keep them charged to at least 60% either by sun or generator. Hope this helps.

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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2020, 01:23:05 PM »
I think I am.. I have a Guest 2740A Guest On-Board Battery Charger 10 amps per bank managed individually.
They are in a heated garage, plugged in once a month when not used.

Maybe I just got a bad batch.

I have Interstates in my 24v TM and they are 4 years old. You guys have to make sure you're charging them properly.
I pull mine out every fall, place on rubber mats, top up levels etc....and trickle charge all winter long.

Watch...they'll crap out next summer Lol

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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2020, 01:23:38 PM »
I think I am going agm this time for sure!

Hey Greg
My solar power system is agm batteries. I have 20 265 amp 12 volt. They were installed in 2012 and came  with a 10 year warranty.  I am really impressed as they run the entire camp. So far have performed flawlessly. I do keep them charged to at least 60% either by sun or generator. Hope this helps.

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Re: Deep Cycle Batteries?
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2020, 02:39:33 PM »
Hey Greg
My solar power system is agm batteries. I have 20 265 amp 12 volt. They were installed in 2012 and came  with a 10 year warranty.  I am really impressed as they run the entire camp. So far have performed flawlessly. I do keep them charged to at least 60% either by sun or generator. Hope this helps.

Wow those are some good batteries Wayne. 10 year warranty....!
Where did you get them?
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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2020, 07:10:52 AM »
They are Decca batteries, specifically designed for solar. I purchased them from the solar company in Toronto, power of the sun. They are no longer in business. Thanks for returning the gas.

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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2020, 09:08:16 AM »
I tested my 3 interstate 31 series at both Canadian Tire and Interstate in Woodbridge where I bought them both places say they are good.

Is is possible for a battery to test good but be "weak"?

On the May 24 weekend last year and our week trip in September. I could go almost 3 days before having to charge. We actually did the May 24 weekend without charging at all. This year they were showing 1/2 dead on my remote in about 4 hours of just spot locking and general light duty use.


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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2020, 11:03:18 AM »
They are Decca batteries, specifically designed for solar. I purchased them from the solar company in Toronto, power of the sun. They are no longer in business. Thanks for returning the gas.

Thanks for the gas Wayne and the battery tips. Had a nice conversation with Barb while you were out. Face timing the grandkids is just not the same...is it?
Better to hug them. Good luck the rest of the season.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2020, 11:18:32 AM »
Very possible to have them test good, I find more on deep cycle than automotive batteries this will happen.  To fail the test you almost have to have an internal issue to the battery for the testers to catch it.  I know our testers at work for automotive they also test the state of health which is lots of time really low but still pass.  I don't know if our work testers would work on deep cycle.  But I do know i'll be charging up my batteries tonight because it is looking like a beautiful week to fish here.