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I have read that Sam's Club is selling the same battery as W/M, marked as "Duracell" for about half the price. How do I identify that they are the Deka / East Penn batteries?

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Re: Sam's Club Battery

If there anything like the Sam's Club Duracells that I bought a couple of months ago they have some fine print that says they're made by or distributed by Johnson Controls.

I'm assuming that means they're not Deka/East Penn.
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Re: Sam's Club Battery

Thread on this subject a while back,

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Re: Sam's Club Battery

I called East Penn battery mfg in Pittsburgh yesterday but thy were not much help. I guess the only way is to go to Sam's and read the fine print. There IS a big difference in quality between companies.

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Re: Sam's Club Battery

I'm wondering the same thing. I plan to make a trip to Sams club soon and want to know what I'm getting.

So wait, the Sams Club batteries people talk about are branded as Duracell? That makes sense given that Sams Club's website lists the Duracells. But I wasn't sure those were the "Sams Club batteries" people were talking about.
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Re: Sam's Club Battery

Here's a thread about the Sam's Club batteries that might help. Battery Buyers = Good News - SailboatOwners.com

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Re: Sam's Club Battery

O.K. got it! If the batteries still say Energizer on the label, they are JCI batteries (Johnson Controls) and Deka if not. Thanks all.

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Re: Sam's Club Battery

If they are Deka/East Penn it will say East Penn Manufacturing on the label..

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Re: Sam's Club Battery

Great, ok I'm straight on this now. The marine batteries are all listed here:
Marine Batteries - Sam's Club

I'm re-doing my electrical and am looking to simplify everything. I've got a blue-sea automatic charging relay and I'm definitely going with a Group 27 deep cycle house. For $69 I don't think I can go wrong.

Now I'm trying to plan my starter/reserve. It appears sams club only goes down to a Group 24 in their marine batteries which seems overpowered for my needs as a starter/reserve for a 1GM10. This leads me to consider one of two options:

-Go with a Group 24 Deep Cycle. Given the choice between this and a dual purpose there seems to be no reason to go dual purpose if the deep cycle can provide the cranking amps correct? In this case it's plenty.
-Go with a significantly smaller/lighter/cheaper lawn/garden battery. The EU1L puts out 275 CCA at 0 degrees which I believe is still plenty. Again this is only a reserve, normally I'll start off the house. Does this make any sense or should I stick with the marine batteries?
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Re: Sam's Club Battery

If you zoom in on the image, it does say East Penn..

ONLY AVAILABLE IN AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, AND WV

Available in MA but not WI

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