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Re: favourite marine battery

As 12 volt batteries go the US battery is a good choice. Golf carts are longer lasting though, due to their thicker plates mostly.

In Trojan's line the T-105 will handle more cycles than any of their other 6 volt batteries and from 2 to 5 times as many cycles as any of their 12 volt batteries.

Other brands like Deka/East Penn should be comparable for their 6 volt golf cart batteries
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Re: favourite marine battery

I have 4- 6 volt gels from WM almost 15 years, and still going strong.
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Re: favourite marine battery

Gels consistently last longer than almost any type of battery as long as the charging system is properly set up.
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somebody earlier said why restrict to latest technology: 0 restrictions
as with anything it's a free world freedom of speech all this information has been very helpful I'm glad others have chimed in

there is a tendency lately, myself included, to admire all the advances in battery technology especially within the realm of electric cars
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Re: favourite marine battery

With all the battery types that are common now good old flooded deep cycle batteries can outlast most and are the best value as well. Both gels and agm batteries cost much more so if they don't last twice as long they aren't as good a value - agm's in particular often can have a shorter life.
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Re: favourite marine battery

Thanks Maine Sail once again.

Just picked up 2 Group 27 Deka/Penn Deep Cycle batteries from Sam's club. $69.95 each, (could not quite fit the 31 size...yet)
WM price for same battery $194.95 each

The closest Sam's was 35 miles away and they had a free "try us" pass this weekend. Worked out perfectly!
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Re: favourite marine battery

The 6volt batteries sold at costco and BJ's are identical the trojan t-105's I just replaced. they were $80 each at costco.
more importantly, you need a good charger.
Iota engineering make good smart chargers, I think the 4 stage, (4 being an equalization once a month) 55amp was under $250 and its a beast.
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Re: favourite marine battery

They are identical to either Johnson Controls or Deka/East Penn batteries, but not to Trojan. I don't believe Trojan makes any other label's batteries.
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Re: favourite marine battery

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The 6volt batteries sold at costco and BJ's are identical the trojan t-105's I just replaced. they were $80 each at costco.
more importantly, you need a good charger.
Iota engineering make good smart chargers, I think the 4 stage, (4 being an equalization once a month) 55amp was under $250 and its a beast.

Unfortunately, the BJ's in my area stopped selling batteries and tires. This was shopped out to an outside company that during the few years they were here had a really bad reputation and attitude toward BJ's customers. I sincerely hope they'll soon go back to selling tires and batteries again like they did prior to the outside company deal. Their prices have always been the best deal around and we always shop there for groceries and lots of other necessities.

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The 6volt batteries sold at costco and BJ's are identical the trojan t-105's I just replaced. they were $80 each at costco.
more importantly, you need a good charger.
Iota engineering make good smart chargers, I think the 4 stage, (4 being an equalization once a month) 55amp was under $250 and its a beast.
Iota does make good chargers but it is not a true equalization, more like a slight boost. The voltage doesn't rise to the 15.5 - 16 that equalization requires. Besides you wouldn't want to equalize the batteries monthly.
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