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Old 20-03-2018, 15:03   #1
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Trojan Batteries

My at least 12-14 year old Rolls batteries are pretty much done. I am in South Florida for the winter, without boat, and have found some pretty amazing prices on T105's. $99 and $103 each, I need 6. In calling around, one dealer tried to convince me Deka is better, and Trojan manufactures in Mexico, and have had problems. From what I can see at their website they are made in both Georgia and California. What has been experiences with Trojan batteries in the last several years. At this point, I really don't want to spring for Rolls/Surrette again, I think at 70, after big boat ownership for more than 35 years, I might be going to a weekender and an RV.
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Let me understand, you do not have a boat and you worried about batteries??

FWIW, I just purchased (6) T-105's for $604 incl. tax and other fees.

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Old 20-03-2018, 16:33   #3
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I am in Florida, without my boat, my boat is in Connecticut.
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Boat I bought had all 8 replaced, after many years, just before I go t it. No problems here. They have a distribution center in Ft. Myers that gave me some caps free and were very helpful.
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I've always had good luck with Trojans, they are a good product.
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I consider Trojan FLA batteries the "gold standard" in deep discharge batteries.
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FWIW I think your "dealer" is full of Bull. Trojan's are some of the best deep cycle batteries made, and made in the USA. They are relatively inexpensive in Florida because of the "golf cart" demand given the number of Courses.

We've been using T-105's (4 each) for 20+ years, getting an average of 7 years out of a set (with good routine maintenance). The last go-round, 2015, we priced them at $105.00 each (plus tax) from a golf-cart supplier that delivered them to our boat (no extra charge) and collected the old batteries for recycling.
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In calling around, one dealer tried to convince me Deka is better, and Trojan manufactures in Mexico, and have had problems.
Of course he did. Ask him how old the Deka's are, does he have a large stock surplus and how much profit he makes selling them rather than Trojan.

Dealers are a bit like your brown bears, it's been a cold winter and now early spring they are looking a little lean. They need a good spring break with warm weather and folks buying stuff for boats and RVs to put some fat back on again. Selling you some highly profitable batteries will help tie them over until Easter.
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Old 21-03-2018, 07:10   #9
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Agreed that Trojans are good batteries. That doesn't make other brands "bad batteries".

I have used Trojans in the past and been satisfied with their performance. But I have also had a good experience with Duracell, manufactured by East Penn Battery.

In my case, I chose Duracell due to the slightly smaller height of the battery, compared to the Trojan. In some installations this might make a difference. I too am using (4) 6V EGC2 batteries, installed in December 2012.

Don't conflate a dealer's sales pitch with the quality of the products being sold. There are several worthy competitors to Trojan Battery
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Crown, US Battery, Superior also at least as good as Deka/EPM and Trojan

Rolls/Surette top of the heap.

And that's pretty much it for quality FLA in the NA market.
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Are there any significant differencies between T-125 and T-105. More than 240Ah vs 125Ah.
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240/225 that should be
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Good use and price on my Excide golf cart batteries, going strong after 6 years, never deeply discharged, always on battery charger in port and do my best to keep water levels topped up.
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From what I can see, plate difference adds the capacity. I am impressed with the pricing in South Florida vs New England, I think the shipping is the big difference. Where I am going to buy them, they get 2 pallets a week, so fresh, and good price. Now trying to see if the Northeast distributor will give me the full core charge back. I am not sure a total 45 ah is worth spending a bit more money.
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I have Trojans now, but had Deka before that. Haven't seen any difference and would take the best deal between them. I abused my old Deka batteries for 5 years and only replaced them out of caution and the supplier had Trojans, so now I have trojans.
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