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Old 09-10-2019, 07:28   #31
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Re: Can I add a fourth battery?

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Barry posted an image of the 95Ah batteries with the part number. Likely the 100h are similar.

https://www.varta-automotive.com/en-...ic/595-402-080
Likely, possibly, maybe.

I am not familiar with this particular brand of battery, but Inam pretty savvy with FLA batteries in general, Trojan, Rolls Surrette, Crown, US Battery, and East Penn in particular.

I have discussions with customers about battery technology and charging system design constantly.

My guess is that because the maker lists A-hrs as well as CCA, that they are intended to be dual purpose, starting /deep cycle.

Are they the highest quality batteries for deep cycle applications? Don’t know. Prolly not.

How many deep cycles to 50% DOD? Don’t know.

How many cycles to 80% DOD? (The OP has 600W of solar.) Don’t know.

How often will they be at anchor and not on a shore power charger? Don’t know.

If he monitors them, and doesn’t prematurely kill them through abuse, how long will they last? Don’t know.

Will they provide excellent service over their life, if treated properly? Should.

Would I rip out perfectly good batteries to put in something better?

No. I’d see how long they provided excellent service, and at end of life, decide if that was acceptable, or if I wanted to pay more for something to last longer.

It depends on so many factors.

For example, if they reached the end of life after 3 years, and I was planning on selling in 6 months, I’d recommend replace with same. If they reached end of life in one year, and I had no intention of selling, I would look at higher quality batteries.

Proper charging system modification requires a wholistic approach to balance storage capacity and charge capacity with energy demand. We can’t look at one thing in isolation and recommend a single solution. Too many variables. Too many options. Different needs, wants, and budget.
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Re: Can I add a fourth battery?

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I’d like to see an 800 amp 12v battery.
I would too- I just don’t want to have to pick it up. Most sailboat battery compartments are cramped bordering on the inaccessible, even if you can find a gorilla to lift an 800 amp battery.
I’ve used a bank of four for 23 years, and using short, properly-sized interconnect cables with tight terminals and clean posts I’ver never had problems I would blame on the nature of the bank. And since all batteries eventually die, they rarely die together, which allows me to stagger replacement costs. And while removal is not fun, it is doable.
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Re: Can I add a fourth battery?

Yes it feels like a bigger expense, but

you would get both better performance and significantly lower cost per year replacing the whole bank at once.
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Re: Can I add a fourth battery?

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I would too- I just donít want to have to pick it up. Most sailboat battery compartments are cramped bordering on the inaccessible, even if you can find a gorilla to lift an 800 amp battery.
Iíve used a bank of four for 23 years, and using short, properly-sized interconnect cables with tight terminals and clean posts Iíver never had problems I would blame on the nature of the bank. And since all batteries eventually die, they rarely die together, which allows me to stagger replacement costs. And while removal is not fun, it is doable.

You need to learn the difference between battery capacity which is specified in amp hours and cranking power which is specified in amps.


No need for a gorilla. 800 CCA is only about 600 MCA (different reference temperature).
You can get that in a 10 Kg motorcycle battery that a monkey could lift.
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Re: Can I add a fourth battery?

You made exactly the same snide commentary over a week ago in this exact thread.

Let it go dood
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