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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 20-04-2015, 16:54
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Interesting, although I've never believed in them as leisure batteries I have used one as my starter battery for 4 years and it has performed perfectly.

I'm sure I've read recently (on a different forum I think) that a couple of people have contacted Varta about using them as leisure batteries and were advised not to.

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A word of warning, I have a new Bailey Autograph 740 to which I fitted 2 x Varta Silver Dynamic batteries immediately after we bought it (they were in our previous Bessacarr for a short while). It has spent 5 weeks with the dealer due to an electrical fault. During that time they have fitted:
New PSU
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New Solar Controller
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Finally, in desperation, this morning the dealer removed the Varta batteries and fitted standard 110ah Leisure Batteries. Hey Presto!!! all fixed.
Moral of this story: If it don't say it's a leisure battery then it may not be compatible with all systems.
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It would be very interesting to know what fault the Varta batteries where exhibiting that could causing the fault your van was suffering from.


Varta batteries are not "high tech" and they charge and discharge in the same way as any other flooded lead acid battery but, like any other product, they are capable of developing a fault.


I would not write off these batteries without knowing the exact cause of your problem.

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It would be very interesting to know what fault the Varta batteries where exhibiting that could causing the fault your van was suffering from.


Varta batteries are not "high tech" and they charge and discharge in the same way as any other flooded lead acid battery but, like any other product, they are capable of developing a fault.


I would not write off these batteries without knowing the exact cause of your problem.
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The batteries are not being written off, I'm sure I can find another use for them.

Van now has shiny new leisure batteries.

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The batteries are not being written off, I'm sure I can find another use for them.

Van now has shiny new leisure batteries.

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Just as there is no such thing as a "Digital tv aerial" there really is no such thing as "Leisure battery 12volts" just ordinary 12volts.
I really can't think of any component that could distinguish the difference in the type of electricity produced by 2 different lead acid batteries.
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Yes, I think you are right. The more sophisticated the electronics, the less tolerant they are.
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Thanks Gerry.
My whole argument on so many things is 'stuff' has become so techno fangled now it's too clever for it's own good.
I have often considered up dating my van to a later one but as soon as I do I read about all the electronic problems owners are having and stay with my old pre electronic van.
And yes I have three 110a Varta Silver batteries.
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After years of buying dedicated 'leisure' batteries this time round we bought two silver varta's and have been absolutely delighted with them. Best batteries we've ever had without a doubt. We've just been away for three months with no hook up, sometimes staying up to a week in once place and they haven't dropped below 12 volts.

On our return, the van sat for a month and we've just been out in it this weekend, drove 15 miles and the batteries have been hammered this weekend with lights/pump/fan and stereo on for two days solid and yes, it's still hasn't dropped below 12 volts.

Couldn't recommend them high enough.

Roughing it Smoothly...
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