I did a search and couldn't find a thread so if there is one please humor me. I'm looking for opinions on Deep cycle marine batteries and I'm wondering what everyone is using and has had good luck with (longevity). I'm currently running Interstate but don't know if the higher or lower cost models work as well.
From a use standpoint I use my boat on a once a month basis during the summer and several times a week during winter (waterfowl hunting). I need a new cranking battery and a new trolling motor battery.
Your thoughts/opinions are appreciated.
I use Deka deep cycle marine batteries for a lot of my telemetry equipment. It's not the same use as you are, but I'm really running these batteries though the ringer at times. Can't say I've had a problem with them. Most of the batteries I'm using are 800cca or higher. I have used interstate and had them not last as long.
Mine are group 27 gel cells that I bought at Bass Pro 6 years ago. I put them inside my console and keep them charge at all times. I get a full day of drift control fishing the ICW in coastal VA out of the pair and they show no signs of giving up yet.
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I have two boats, both have 3 batteries (1 for cranking and 2 for 24v trolling motors).
I've been mainly using Interstate batteries (24 and 27 series) for the past 10 years and they have always held up well. Last year I decided to try the Everstart 27 series and so far they have held up well.
As with any deep cycle battery, the key to maintaining longevity is always charging it after use and making sure it's properly hydrated, if its that style of battery.
I have 4 Exide MC-31 MEGACYCLE AGM-200 marine battery on the boat and they are great.
I never worry about running my electronics, including radar and halogen docking lights when fishing and never worry about how much rain we get during the week and finding the bilge pumps drained the battery's down.
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Well worth the money knowing there is plenty of power when you want it.
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