Join Date: Dec 2009
My Motorhome: Rapido 7090
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I tend to think of leisure batteries as belonging to one of 3 categories.
First you have the undisputed, top quality, branded, expensive, heavy, long lasting gel or flooded batteries: Best for heavy users, eg full timing, skiing etc.
Second are the good quality, branded, mid priced, medium weight with confirmed decent life expectancy batteries: best for more usual touring.
Lastly are the unbranded, cheap, light weight batteries with unqualified life expectancy claims: fine for short trips or where hookup is mostly used.
For example. (using a 110Ah battery as an example).
Exide/Victron gel batteries or Trojan/Varta professional flooded batteries (maybe using 2 x 6v batteries).
£200 - £280
800-1000 cycles at 50% depth of discharge (dod) 600 at 80% dod
made in Europe or USA
highest vibration resistance, owners often report 8 year life expectancy.
You don’t need such a big battery bank because of the deep discharge capacity, if you do then you may need enhanced charging.
Banner Energy Bull, Varta Dual, etc
£100 - £120
250 cycles @ 50% dod
26 - 28kg
made in Europe
proven performance by reputable magazine tests
Alphaline DC31 and other rebranded batteries
unsubstaniated claims of 500 @ 50% (but the manufacturers (Atlasbx.co.kr) state 120 cycles!)
made in Far East
Canoe & Kayak manufacturer/retailer
Last edited by WildThingsKev; 30-10-2015 at 12:21.