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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

Need to increase my Battery Bank.
Is there any differance between a West Marine
and a Costco Deep Cycle Marine Battery?

Besides the obvious:
One cost $100 the other $43.Warranty the same

Not interested in AGM
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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

NO, not all deep-cycle batteries are alike. Unfortunately, you gets what you pays for.
Some "value" buying tips for the non-technical:
1. You are buying Amp-Hours, so compare $/AH = unit cost. If noted, more charging "cycles" are valuable.
2. Weight infers plate size, so buy a heavier battery of same AH rating.
3. Get battery /w "marine terminals".
4. A polypropylene case is good.
Or ignore all of above and buy Trojan/West "T105" (2 if 6V).
Gord
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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

I''ve got 3 pairs of T105''s and dollar per AH it just is the cheapest way to go. They last a long time if you just keep an eye on the water levels.

They can be carried by an ordinary person up and down a companionway too. With an unlimited budget you might save some space with the newer high tech batteries but you won''t save any money and probably not much weight.
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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

No "All Deep Cycle Batteries NOT Alike"

The devil is in the details, not that most "marine" or dual purpose batteries (compromise between high starting currents and long deep cycles) are not sufficient but they are not True deep cycle batteries.

Even a decent Golf cart battery is not a "true" deep cycle to some battery afficianado''s. They will probably be more than enough for most cruisers.....and ''ya can''t beat the dollars per A/H over the life of the battery
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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

6V batts are the way to go.The Trojan t-105 is a good batt but not the only one out there.
The ''Interstate''line also makes an excellant batt.Their 6V batt is called the U-2200''workaholic''. Specs are pretty close but their both excellant batts and I think the Interstate is cheaper. Anyway...I have six of them in my boat and am very pleased.
What you have to consider now is how are you going to keep them charged?

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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

Trojans 6V are by far the best all around battery. And the surprising thing is they cost less than $60.00 a piece.

The current set I have are 6 years old and still going strong. As long as you keep them topped off and use distilled water they will last a long time.

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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

Abullard, You are correct and at that price you couldn''t go wrong. But where can you buy 6V trojans for $60 each?

But I think Roll/Surrette & Concorde/Lifeline would have something to say about who''s the "best"
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Are All Deep Cycle Batteries Alike?

ARGHHH

T105''s POWER THE SUN- ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE

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Is anybody familiar with the specs on the interstate batt?Have you compared them??
I also paid only $60 apiece for mine and they are the heaviest 6V batt you can buy in that size and they hold the most fluid.
As for Surrette and Rolls,what kind of amp hr per dollar do you get?To me, it''s not worth it.
I would also like to know where you bought the T-105 for $60 each.

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I also paid $59.00 for my Trojan T-105s in Tampa, Fl.

If you go on Trojan''s website, they list dealers. Forgot what the site name is but you can find it easily using google.com.

Tony
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