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post #3 of Old 07-29-2009
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After years of dealing with wet cells and thier maintainence as well as their longevity we put in 6 (6 volt) Lifeline AGM Batteries this year. As Cam said low maintainence, can be put on thier sides. Lifelines have lower profile 6 volt batteries wich was usually the drawback to most using 6 volt. Our total amp hours is 720 giving us a "bank" of 360 ah to use. Our diet per day is about 120 with the alder barbar cold machine eating most of that at 3.5 amp per hour draw. This gives us three days with no alternative charging possibility. The agm accepts the charge quickly. The key to any battery bank as with anything is to do your maintainence and maintain the proper charging regimine. AGM requires less watching but are not maintainence free, The cost was high, but hopefully they will pay with their longevity. I recommend the Lifelines or the Trojan AGM. Even in a smaller bank two of the 6 volters pack a good punch. We also have an echo charger to our staring battery.

Dave

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