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Old 04-12-2009, 17:26   #1
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Best Battery Brands

Hey guys what are your favorite battery brands/ones you would recommend I stay the heck away fom?

For simplicity's sake let's stick to flooded cell deep cycle batteries.

Would anyone ever buy West Marine's generic batteries?
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Old 04-12-2009, 17:40   #2
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I don't know who makes the west batteries, but they seem light when picked up.
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Old 04-12-2009, 17:59   #3
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I would add Deka to the list.
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I've gotten 4.5 years out of Sams Club golf cart batteries. The manufacturer was Exide.
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Flooded - AC Delco Voyager. The amount of abuse they can take is unbelievable.
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Acutally the reason I ask is that I have a port supply accou at West Marine so could potentiallly get their batteries very cheap. Has anyone ever bought deep cycle batteries from west marine?
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Unbusted, Check the Port Supply price before you make any purchases. The discount varies with the product.

I just switched to 6v Trojan T105 at about $110 ea. All my research showed tham at or near the top of the game
Sams had 6vGC batteries for $75 plus the $10 core fee (Each) and the store membership $30? I could not find much info on them. They had "Energizer" on the label. When I asked the clerk about them she picked up the card and read the same thing I did. Lots of folks swear by them. I just did not have that warm and fuzzy feeling. I was in Vero Beach FL and Indian River Battery Co. delivered the T105's to the boat. Nice folks. Hope this helps, Good luck.
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Just switched to Trojan T1275's. They're a 12v golf cart battery. 150 amps. We'll see how they work out.
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All the same??

I was told that there are only a couple of battery manufacturers and that they "private label" for various sellers. The same person (a buyer for Kragen) said that Trojan, West Marine, and Sears Die-Hard are all the same batteries.
Compare amp/hours and battery weight (how much lead).
I have been using Die-Hards as they are the least expensive. The 105ah deep-cycle RV batteries list for $129. Every couple of months they go on sale for $89.
I have had no problems or issues. A set lasts 4 years of hard use. I just replaced them after 4 years even though they seemed just fine. I keep them topped with solar and equalize about four times a year.
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I was told that there are only a couple of battery manufacturers and that they "private label" for various sellers...
Although there’s some truth in that statement*, there are more than a few battery manufacturers.

Here’s a partial listing of battery manufacturers, from the Battery Council International (BCI):
Industry Links

And another from The Association of European Storage Battery Manufacturers (EUROBAT):
Eurobat - The Association of European Storage Battery Manufacturers - Links

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Johnson Controls acquired the automotive battery portions of Hoppecke, Varta, Bosch, Grupo IMSA, Delphi, and engaged in a joint venture with Shaft to manufacture Li-Ion hybrid batteries.

Exide and Leoch have announced a joint venture in China.

Yuasa and Japan Storage Battery have merged as GS Yuasa

EnerSys purchased Hawker, motive deep cycle battery portions of Fiamm Group, portions of Yuasa, and Leclanche SA.

Douglas Battery is transistioning their automotive battery business into East Penn
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Just switched to Trojan T1275's. They're a 12v golf cart battery. 150 amps. We'll see how they work out.
How much $ for those, Rick?
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How much $ for those, Rick?
There is another thread out there with this same topic. They are going for $230 online, but me, and a few others, have been quoted at $149 from local RV dealers.
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Replaced 5-6 year old Torjans with Opitmas. Two 12v banks of 3 with a new starting battery.
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I use West Marine brand batteries. They are cheap enough with the Port Supply prices. But then I have no need for ultra durable batteries.
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How much $ for those, Rick?
They range from $150 to $216 but one website wanted $2000 for delivery!! I got them for $176 delivered.
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