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Re: Lifeline Batteries

We have a House bank of 6-6volt AGM Lifelines which gives us 660 a/h at 20 amp/hr. Our starting battery is a blue topped Optima. We use a Xantex echo charger to keep the starter topped off while under way. In addition we have a Pronautic 60 amp charger 3 stage for shore power charging and a Electromax 80 amp alternator. We also have temp senors as well 80 amp ElectorMax alternator with extenal regulator.

Taking care of the maintainence of the AGM batteries as well as equalizing them gives us more years than wet cells, a greater acceptance charge more quickly, more deep cycles, the ability to draw them down further, as well as the ability to stack the AGMs. Not to mention very minimal maitainence.

If you are willing to spend the money for a the superior system you must also invest the the proper charginging tools (120 charger, alternator, temp sensor). If you do then it does become cost effective. If you cant do all the proper components get the cheaper wet cells and recycle them every 4-5 years.

Dave
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