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Old 17-02-2013, 09:28   #1
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Trojan T-105 6v Batteries

It looks like we're going to have to have to replace our house bank of 10 Trojan T-105 6volt batteries.
I'm looking for the best price around, preferrably around the Annapolis/Baltimore area.
Anybody with good information to help?

It's cold enough for Santa Clause so I'm hoping he may still be doing late deliveries

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Re: Trojan T-105 6v batteries

I have nothing specific for your area, but would recommend you use one of the several online price finder sites to contrast and compare.

On a related note, I don't know if you have the height for this, but in my view the Trojan T-145s or L-16s are the better deal.

T-105s have in their favour, of course, that they are very common and are light enough to push around easily.

I say this having found working 18 year old T-105s on the boat we bought, and being suitably impressed enough to research many other Trojan products.
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Re: Trojan T-105 6v batteries

18 years is a hell of a service life. Unfortunately our Trojans were abused children from the PO and I doubt they are more than a couple of years old.
They're about half capacity and would probably hold on for a while longer, but we're heading back to Australia and the last thing we need is to be scrounging around looking for batteries among the coconuts half way across the Pacific.

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Re: Trojan T-105 6v batteries

An option you might want to look into are the golf cart batteries sold at Sams Club which are made by Deka and are identical to the ones sold by WM, but a lot less.
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Re: Trojan T-105 6v batteries

Also consider looking at the new Trojan T-105RE model. Designed for renewable energy systems which I suppose differs in some way from golf carts. I can't remember the specifics.

Need to replace my seven year old AGMs and I simply don't have the budget for new AGMs. Started researching months ago but still waiting for a chance to even purchase flooded lead batteries.

I used Google Maps to locate a warehouse for local pickup of T-105s within 30 miles of my location. Maybe that method will work for you.
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Re: Trojan T-105 6v batteries

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18 years is a hell of a service life. Unfortunately our Trojans were abused children from the PO and I doubt they are more than a couple of years old.
They're about half capacity and would probably hold on for a while longer, but we're heading back to Australia and the last thing we need is to be scrounging around looking for batteries among the coconuts half way across the Pacific.

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I think one can be fairly confident with Trojan Batteries compared with other makers. One thing you might consider is T 125's rather than T 105's. The same case size but about 5# heavier and 240 AH vs 225. I was able to buy 4 T 105 Blems (the cases had blemishes but the batteries were otherwise fine) for $65 USD each several years ago in Clearwater, Florida, and, with proper routine maintenance, they have proven very reliable and I would go with them again, even at full market prices (if necessary) tho' considering the extra power, might choose the 125's.

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I think one can be fairly confident with Trojan Batteries compared with other makers. One thing you might consider is T 125's rather than T 105's. The same case size but about 5# heavier and 240 AH vs 225. I was able to buy 4 T 105 Blems (the cases had blemishes but the batteries were otherwise fine) for $65 USD each several years ago in Clearwater, Florida, and, with proper routine maintenance, they have proven very reliable and I would go with them again, even at full market prices (if necessary) tho' considering the extra power, might choose the 125's.

FWIW...
I wish I could find that price! Even for blems, which I can't find at all.
I believe the 125s sacrifice charge cycles when compared with the 105s so I'm inclined to stick with the 105.
I've heard the Crown CR-165 has become popular with the golf cart industry too.

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I say this having found working 18 year old T-105s on the boat we bought, and being suitably impressed enough to research many other Trojan products.
This is good to hear, I just bought four for my house bank on the way back from the boat show.

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Re: Trojan T-105 6v Batteries

Don't shoot for the record! I can only assume that they were babied with regular feedings of distilled water, proper hygrometer readings, dabs of white grease on the contacts, and absolutely stellar charging regimes.

Not to mention taken home in the winter, put on 2 x 4s and trickled charged once a week!

I could get 12.7 V out of them, enough to crank the diesel and light up the big Aquasignals, right to the end. They were put in during 1988 and I hauled them in 2006 when we acquired the boat.

That's about as close as I'm going to an endorsement.
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Re: Trojan T-105 6v Batteries

Stevens' Battery Warehouse in Annapolis. They are on special there now.
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+1 on Stevens Battery in Annapolis. We picked up (4) T-145 Plus for 520 Ah about two years ago. They gave us a good deal (unadvertised), and were helpful loading the new batts into the truck and the old ones into the shop.

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Re: Trojan T-105 6v Batteries

G'Day Vic,

Wherever you buy them, I bet that you get a better price than the 250 AUD each that I had to pay in Hobart last year!

But the old ones had lasted through 6 years of abuse...

Good luck and happy shopping!

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Thanks for the link.
I'll give them a call in the morning to see what their best price would be.

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G'Day Vic,

Wherever you buy them, I bet that you get a better price than the 250 AUD each that I had to pay in Hobart last year!

But the old ones had lasted through 6 years of abuse...

Good luck and happy shopping!

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Hi Jim,
I'm looking at paying about half that!
Do you want me to tuck a couple of extras in the bilge for you... delivery about October
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Re: Trojan T-105 6v Batteries

I currently have Trojan T-105 Plusses but looking to get new batteries soon. So I recently Googled for information on the Trojan RE-batteries ("Renewable Energy") and found lots of different prices on the normal T-105, so you could try just Googleing.
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