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Old 02-23-2012, 03:40 PM
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How long can I expect to get out of two interstate or walmart brand deep cycle batteries. Say I use them 80-100 hours a summer. Which brand should I go with?
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:58 PM
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Default I use cheapos

I buy Wal-Mart cheapos and haven't had any problems. I run a Terrova 80 on a 17.5' aluminum boat. I can pull spinners at 1.2 mph for about (4) 8 hour days on a single charge, or cranks at 1.7-2 for (2) 8 hour days on a single charge. These numbers are based on either calm conditions or trolling with the wind. If I had to troll against a hard wind, these numbers would decrease significantly. I have used Wal-Mart cheapos for up to 5 years without failure (although I do not recommend this). It was advised to me by others on this site to change batts every 3 years and you shouldn't ever be at the landing with a dead battery. I don't know what kind of rig and trolling motor you're running, but I troll WAY more than 100 hours per year (sometimes 100 hrs per month) and haven't had any issues with my Wal-Mart cheapos. ....just my opinion ...forgot to mention, I buy the largest ones (group size 29)

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:34 PM
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"I don't know what kind of rig and trolling motor you're running, but I troll WAY more than 100 hours per year (sometimes 100 hrs per month) and haven't had any issues with my Wal-Mart cheapos. ....just my opinion ...forgot to mention, I buy the largest ones (group size 29) "

.........X2.......I also do A LOT of trolling. And at now (I think) $80/ea.....I get about 3-4 yrs out of pair of group 29s. I also agree with the charge routine. I will run mine down to 50% and recharge with generator if camped. Last set I had lasted 3 yrs, but I was lazy with the maintenance. Current set are monitored closely and now at the 2yr mark, with none.... to very little degradation since new.

I was hesitant to purchase the Walli world brand initially, but the difference in price for name brand batteries just didn't make sense to me. Really, the only way you are going to answer the question is to run your own comparison.....LOL.....and hopefully that will take you at least 10 yrs to complete!!

For certain match the batch (dates) and if possible get them to do a load test prior to purchase. This will also identify a weak cell that inherently happens, occasionally.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:01 PM
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Too many variables to predict that. How large are the batteries? Group 27 Group 31? How large is your trolling motor, How many Lbs thrust,how much current does it draw,is it an autopilot powerdrive etc etc ?? How do you use it. Boat control? Or continuous on trolling.

Another variable,maybe one of the biggest, is how well you care for them.
Though every battery has a finite number of discharge cycles available,You will get longer life (more years of service )from them if you resist drawing them all the way down to zero charge. Also do not leave them sit for any length of time in a discharged ,or even partially discharged condition. Recharge ASAP after use.

If a wet cell, check and keep the water level to spec. Do not overcharge them. A "smart" charger will likely keep that from happening, but in addition,even better would be smart charger of only about 6-10 amps,as opposed to 20 amps or higher. Takes longer,but produces less heat,and less likely to boil them out.

As far as brands,overall in my own experience is that Interstate has been the best brand I have owned. I have made others last pretty long with good care,but I have never actually replaced an Interstate for any reason other than thinking ..."I am way beyond trying squeezing ANOTHER season out of it,I should replace it." I have never actually replaced one because it failed. I am talking getting 7-8 seasons ! (Results not typical, your results may vary)

Have not owned a Wal-Mart brand,I do not know who makes them. But if they are reasonably priced and significantly less money than others, may not be a bad purchase. Care for them correctly, you should get decent service out of them. Batteries have manufacture date codes on them, make sure you buy fresh,make sure not been sitting on the shelf a long time. If from a high volume retailer, should be no problem getting some that are no older than 2-3 months.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:11 PM
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How long can I expect to get out of two interstate or walmart brand deep cycle batteries. Say I use them 80-100 hours a summer. Which brand should I go with?
Nothing wrong with Wal-Mart Chepos. Get the biggest you can fit in there. Group 29 or 31.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:52 PM
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Nothing wrong with Wal-Mart Chepos. Get the biggest you can fit in there. Group 29 or 31.

Wade,

Those srm29's you got? Been looking to replace the weak 24's that came with my boat and if I'm interrpreting #'s correctly thr interstate 29's have a higher capacity than a lot of 31's.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:50 PM
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Those srm29's you got? Been looking to replace the weak 24's that came with my boat and if I'm interrpreting #'s correctly thr interstate 29's have a higher capacity than a lot of 31's.
Yes, Group 29's. I wanted the best battery with the highest capacity. I depend on my trolling motor a lot.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:15 PM
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I've been looking for a new set as well. I am leaning toward the Cabela's AGM series 27's. They have 1200 cranking amps and 950 cold cranking amps. I just stopped by Costco after hearing their deep cycle batteries are pretty good. Their series 27 only has 750 cranking amps with 600 cold cranking amps. The price of the AGM's are almost twice the price of the Costco brand. Will I really get a couple more years out of the AGM's? And.....would the Costco batteries last all day in tough conditions?
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:37 AM
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Newest version are made in Mexico 2 of my new truck batteries only lasted 4 months. Batteries seem light! Go with Walmart 29 or Deka east penn size 31 DC most bang for your buck. Trogans are great batteries but come with twice price
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:26 AM
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Will I really get a couple more years out of the AGM's? And.....would the Costco batteries last all day in tough conditions?
From what I've been seeing spending over $100 for batteries is a waste of money. You don't get much if anything more out of AGM batteries other than a lighter wallet.
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