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Old 03-05-2012, 08:34 PM
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Default Battery - AGM, Jel, Glass, which one? Charger?

Going with 101# Terrova on by soon to be order Ranger Angler 1860. But what which batteries? Planned use 6+ hours trolling day at 1.4 - 1.6+ mph.

And which on board Charger and Amp Size to should we get for overnight charge time of 7 hours. Thanks WalleyeSD
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:37 PM
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Going with 101# Terrova on by soon to be order Ranger Angler 1860. But what which batteries? Planned use 6+ hours trolling day at 1.4 - 1.6+ mph.

And which on board Charger and Amp Size to should we get for overnight charge time of 7 hours. Thanks WalleyeSD
Interstates. $110 plus or minus a few bucks.

Minn Kota MK460 charger. 15 amps per bank. No worries about over night charging.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:22 AM
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Interstate is a good choice but after doing some research I bought a Trojan SCS225. It was spendy but is supposed to perform better and handle many more cycles, that being said I have only used it for 3 months but so far so good. Good luck. Bobber
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Interstate is a good choice but after doing some research I bought a Trojan SCS225. It was spendy but is supposed to perform better and handle many more cycles, that being said I have only used it for 3 months but so far so good. Good luck. Bobber
Keep us posted. I'd be interested in knowing how they hold up. Historically the AGMs were being replaced around the same time as the traditional batteries (same longevity).
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First you can never have too much battery power. But it is easy to not have enough. Get the biggest batts. that you can fit in. Next it depends on where they sit. How easy it is to check and add water and how often you will do it. Also consider the fumes that come from charging them. Now go and spend the extra money and buy good AGMs (not Cabalas) and buy a Dual Pro 15 amp charger they ARE the best. Now you can just fish and enjoy your hobby. Water filled batteries are a pain in the but!! Its not always about the cheapest or very best value, And yes AGMs last longer with WAY less hassle than TRADITIONAL batteries
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So in that all being said, Which gel batterie is the best? agm -trogan or what else? 31 series, I need 5 batteries.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:58 AM
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So in that all being said, Which gel batterie is the best? agm -trogan or what else? 31 series, I need 5 batteries.
AGM is not a brand it is a type. Gell batteries are not the same as AGMs. Don`t bother with gels they are too fussy. AGMs are the way to go. Sears Diehard Platinum, Odyssey, Trolling Thunder, Trojan AGMs. all are good. One of the very best is Northstar Batteries but hard to find and very expenseve. That is who made the Dual Pro batteries until Dual Pro got into money trouble and had to quit selling them. Wiredog

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I had Trojans on my old boat.

To be honest I did not see any difference between them and the Delcos I had before.

I think they are over priced and over hyped.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:34 PM
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AGM is not a brand it is a type. Gell batteries are not the same as AGMs. Don`t bother with gels they are too fussy. AGMs are the way to go. Sears Diehard Platinum, Odyssey, Trolling Thunder, Trojan AGMs. all are good. One of the very best is Northstar Batteries but hard to find and very expenseve. That is who made the Dual Pro batteries until Dual Pro got into money trouble and had to quit selling them. Wiredog
So you would recomend horth star 31 s agm's over the 31 s trogan agm?
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:53 PM
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I have been using batteries plus group 31 for several years, with 0 issues.
I generally get 5-8 years of battery life on my batteries.

The group 31 batteries are about $85.

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