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IMHO US Battery is building one of the best batteries, also at a fair price. Unfortunately I don't have a local US Battery distributor so getting them is a royal PITA....
That's good to know. I've seen the US Batteries at a local golf cart place and thought they were a cheaper alternative to the Trojan. ( just checked and they were the same price.) Hadn't heard of them before seeing them in the GC store.

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Re: battery availability at sam's club

sorry, guess my original post wasn't totally clear. maine sail educated my on the batteries in a previous thread, so i know the value. so my question should have been,does anybody know why all the duracell branded batteries at samsclub.com show unavailable for online and club purchase? like maybe they aren't stocking them anymore. anybody?

if not does any other retailer have similar prices on the east penn batteries?
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Regarding the SAM's club membership: you do NOT need to spend $40 to become a member to purchase anything at SAM's club. You can go the the SAM's club website, and print out a 1 day membership for free. When you go to SAM's they will issue you a one day pass, and charge you an extra 10%.

I used the one day pass to purchase 2 Group 29 Duracell flooded batteries in MA for $108 each, including MA tax.


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Re: battery availability at sam's club

Good timing as I'm looking to replace or reconfigure my house battery bank next week, (currently two Group 31 AGMs).

I am pretty sure I want to convert to 4ea 6V Wet Cell type batteries.

The pricing on the Duracell/Deka/East Penn GC2 sold at Sams Club is very attractive @ $85.00
- Do they sell them at Costco? I cant find them in the store or online at Costco (Not a member at Sams, but I am at Costco).
- The Duracell EGC2 adds another few Amp hrs @ $110 per, worth it or not?

- What about Trojan Batteries? The T-105 seems to run about $130-$140 from some sources online.

- Are the Trojans really worth the extra $55 each? I am guessing no.

4 ea Duracell GC2 (215 ah w/2) = $340
4 ea Duracell EGC2 (230 ah w/2) = $440
4 ea Trojan T-105 (225 ah w/2) = $560 ???

$220+/- difference for my application

Another option I am considering is 2 ea Trojan J-305H-AC (360 ah w/2) which would fit nicely just forward of my water heater but for two its would be about $700 for 360 ah or only 180 usable, not sure thats worth the convenience.

Decisions decisions

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Re: battery availability at sam's club

I have 2 of these on my boat ant their great. I have them on there side and have been use for over a year.



http://www.wholesalebatteriesdirect....SWF121550.html


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I have 2 of these on my boat ant their great. I have them on there side and have been use for over a year.



http://www.wholesalebatteriesdirect....SWF121550.html
WOW, that thing is pricey for 155 am/hrs!

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Re: battery availability at sam's club

chef - this is exactly what i'd like to do as well. was planning my trip to sams club for later this week. when i check there website now, they all seem to be unavailable. awesome deal for good batteries, $0.79 per ah.

hope it's not gone
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WOW, that thing is pricey for 155 am/hrs!
OH I forgot to mention I have a friend that knows a person that keeps the communications facility up at the Savannah river plant. They do that with these battries. Under their contract they have to replace them annualy. So I get some free ever now and again. Thanks to the Tax payers... ME.

They are good battries. I would not pay full price ever for what they are. lets face it they are not designed for house batt's but they will keep up.
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Re: battery availability at sam's club

T37Chef,

Any reason you aren't looking at the T-145 (or US Batteries 145 for the economy version)

They are rated at 260, your pair of pairs would give you 520 AH. Interestingly they are rated at
To me it's more about AH's I can cram into the space, then AH per dollar.
T-145's run 140 each, under 600 for the set. US B's are running at 120 or so.

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T37Chef,

Any reason you aren't looking at the T-145 (or US Batteries 145 for the economy version)

They are rated at 260, your pair of pairs would give you 520 AH. Interestingly they are rated at
To me it's more about AH's I can cram into the space, then AH per dollar.
T-145's run 140 each, under 600 for the set. US B's are running at 120 or so.
Lets talk becasue I am pulling my hair out trying to make a purchase

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