: Deep cycle battery. Interstate or Die-hard?


kman
09-27-2011, 05:46 PM
I need three new deep cycles, Which of these two would you chose, and why? Both are group 27.

Interstate, 750 amps,600 cold cranking amps and 160 amps reserve capacity. 100 bucks.

Sears die-hard, 575 cold cranking amps, 180 amps reserve capacity. On sale for 90 bucks.

Warranty is the same on both. BTW, Why are Trojans twice these prices?
Ken.

rebs
09-27-2011, 05:50 PM
I have interstate and like them, however it might be easier to find a Sear's when out of town for warrantee service
I doubt you could go wrong with either one

Wilow Sticks
09-27-2011, 08:36 PM
See if you can find a weight fo reach, more weight means more plates longer life and performance.

bfish
09-27-2011, 08:44 PM
ac delcos have been the good for me. Prices vary widely for all the brands.

kliph
09-27-2011, 08:49 PM
Interstate for me. But Interstate made Sears Diehards
at one time and my still do.

Nimstug
09-27-2011, 10:49 PM
This year I put two new Interstates in my boat because that's what I like in my boat and a Die-Hard in the tow vehicle, because I work for SHC.

Nimstug

....you asked why...

kman
09-28-2011, 06:11 AM
Nimstug, Have you had the Interstates before? Were you happy with the performance?

Captains Chair
09-28-2011, 10:58 AM
Going on the 6th year for my interstates. Maybe 2 years left , probably just 1 but I'm extremely happy with them and will replace with the same when it's time.

Chair

hawg
09-28-2011, 03:16 PM
Batteries plus

Nimstug
09-28-2011, 09:15 PM
Nimstug, Have you had the Interstates before? Were you happy with the performance?

Yes, I was / am very happy with them.

They were the batteries installed in the boat by my dealer. Had no issues with them whatsoever. I would have gone another season with them (they were on their 5th season) but I wanted a new deep cycle for the week I was in Canada earlier this month. And since I was replacing the deep cycle, I thought might as well get a new starting battery. You know how one thing leads to another...

I made it a point to fully charge the deep cycle after each outing and use a portable charger that automatically shuts off so there's no overcharging.

Nimstug

feklar
09-28-2011, 10:00 PM
I had an interstate guy tell me one time all batteries are made by 1-3 companies, and they just label them seperately.

I've found the best prices on batteries at wal-mart.

kman
09-29-2011, 05:45 AM
Yes wally world is cheaper, but I can never even get 3 years out of them. They don't list reserve capacity on there batteries and no one that works here can tell me what it is.

You don't even know what your buying.

REW
09-29-2011, 08:03 AM
I think that if you check, there are really only a very few battery factories that are making batteries.

Depending on the brand, many of these different brand batteries come down the same line and just have a different label put on them.

Buy the battery that works for you and is convenient for you to purchase.
Go as large as you can fit into your boat.

Good luck
REW

kman
09-29-2011, 05:56 PM
I do agree there only a few manufacturers.

Sure would be neat to hear from an actual employee from one of these factorys,That could possibly break it down simple enough.

yarcraft91
10-02-2011, 04:13 PM
Kman:

I'm going to be contrary and say I would not pick either one of those batteries. Interstate has a better group 27 battery, the SRM-27B, with 845 cranking amps and 180 RC. That's the one I use.

SteveJ
10-02-2011, 06:30 PM
Globe Union, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls Inc., makes the Die Hard and Interstate batteries. It isn't likely that they have any internal differences.

kman
10-02-2011, 09:42 PM
Kman:

I'm going to be contrary and say I would not pick either one of those batteries. Interstate has a better group 27 battery, the SRM-27B, with 845 cranking amps and 180 RC. That's the one I use.
Great minds think a like. I did end up with the SRM 27B. I also almost went up to the group 29 Interstate but I had to draw the line somewhere.

We will see how long they last..

whofan
10-04-2011, 07:23 PM
I bought an AC delco 10 years ago at Kmart.
I retired it last year. It didn`t have enough water left in it to float the Green/red eye anymore.
It was still kicking just not as as it use to.

Delcos seem like they`re hard to find now.Best battery I `ve had to date.

beeman
10-05-2011, 04:23 PM
So it costs $20 more and so what if it is slightly heavier. The batteries plus unit I purchased is getting better and better after first 3 uses. How much are these delco's? Where are you finding them. Real DC only show rc or amp hours no cranking amp information like some Trogans or Rolls but non who can justify today's prices.