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Can anyone provide any direct personal info. on the Exide E3600 6v Golf Cart Battery.
It''s rated at 200 Amp Hour.
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tm3,
I couldn''t find anything on this perticular batt.
If your buying this batt new, the daeler should have literature on it. Since there are many other factors on batts to consider besides Ah,s, unless you can find the facts, I''d shy away from it.
Check out Interstate or Trojan. They at least have more Ah,s for a 6 volt batt than the batt you''ve mentioned.

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you might check practical sailor''s website; they have done battery reviews and you battery may be in one of their reviews.
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Have gotten info. on the battery from a dealer but what concerns me is the fact that their price is $27.00 to $48.00 cheaper then batteries of a similar nature.
I''m aware of Practical Sailors tests on the 12v batteries but not aware they ever did anything on 6v golf cart batteries.

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Tm3,
Try going online and comparing specs and prices,weight being very important.

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I''ve already done that and based on obtained info. I needed to go further on checking that info. before purchasing.
Info. showed similar data with the exception of the Rolls Battery.

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What''s the big deal?

I think the charging regimine and maintenance is more important than the battery manufacturer. At less than $100 for a pair, give them a try. I did.

I bought two pairs. They have worked flawlessly for year and a half now - and I am on the hard in the Nevada desert, with extreme heat, running powertools off my Freedom 15 inverter, with my only charging source a 60w solar panel.

I have no complaints. Plus, if they die soon, I don''t have alot invested in them.

Many people are very brand loyal and that is okay. However, as it turns out, there appears to only be a handful of battery manufactures in the nation who package their products for different retailers. For example, Exide makes a car battery that you can buy at WalMart for $26. The exact same battery at AutoZone is $40 with the AutoZone label. It pays to do research before making any decisions

Check out this link for more information. It is very informative on the topic of batteries: http://www.uuhome.de/william.darden/
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My concern is that wife and I are going to be full time live aboards and will have a limited budget and don''t want to spend unwisely.
Need 6 batteries and want to make sure that what we buy will last and not crap out after one year or so.
Batteries are vital on a sailboat.

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Then, I''d add that you spend your money on proper charging equipment. An improper charging regimine can kill an expensive battery as fast as a cheap one. Over sizing batteries is a wise move, but you have to have equipment that can recharge them properly, or you''ve wasted your money.
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tm3,
Nereus32 is correct.
If you''r not going to be at a marina all the time, you''ll probably need a turbine at least.

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