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Their site says they do not deliver to Ireland, but I suspect that refers to the Republic of Ireland. They also state they deliver to the UK and it accepted my BT30 post code, with, I am pleasantly surprised to see, no surcharge. There are post codes which draw a premium but they start with K, so might be worth a phone call to double check.

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Banner Batteries

I'm a HUGE fan of Banner batteries. On test they always give more ampere hours than specified. Many others in the same test give around half - often these are rebadged starter batteries, a completely different kettle of fish
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Yes indeed kev, but I have to say I was thinking of the X250. are we talking the earlier model that has batts under seats.
I'm having bad day, i think i shall log off an come back in a couple of dats. chow.

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I got a reply from the alphabattery people re the Xplorer 125Ah. They charge £10 per battery to deliver to NI.

I explained that the ebay site was showing free postage to BT and he said that was an error but they would always phone up and inform the buyer of the extra charge - seems an odd way to do things.

My fitter suggested 2 x Alphaline dc31 - anyone used them? They would be £130 as opposed to £170
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Make sure that your charger has the right charging profile for AGM, before you get any. Many chargers only cater for Gel or Wet but AGM require something inbetween. In general, Gel are best for leisure (deep cycle) use.
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I got a reply from the alphabattery people re the Xplorer 125Ah. They charge £10 per battery to deliver to NI.
We installed a pair of the Xplorer 125s three years ago and had them professionally tested this year. They are fine even though they were taken down to 8v on a couple of occasions (hence the test).
Would always recommend sealed (maintenance free) wet batteries with at least 500 cycles for motorhome leisure use. AG are just not up to the cycles and gel really don't stand being drained too far down. Lead-acid is still the most reliable technology even though the concept of the water being retained is a myth!
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Yes indeed kev, but I have to say I was thinking of the X250. are we talking the earlier model that has batts under seats.
I'm having bad day, i think i shall log off an come back in a couple of dats. chow.

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You are having a bad day Pip it is an X250

Indeed log off, but make it six months
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I got a reply from the alphabattery people re the Xplorer 125Ah. They charge £10 per battery to deliver to NI.

I explained that the ebay site was showing free postage to BT and he said that was an error but they would always phone up and inform the buyer of the extra charge - seems an odd way to do things.

My fitter suggested 2 x Alphaline dc31 - anyone used them? They would be £130 as opposed to £170
Well you can use any you like so long as they will physically fit your battery trays or buy some new ones, I've not heard anything about the DC31s so can't comment, but I have suggested the ones I have to many people on a few forums and no one has reported a problem yest over the past 5 years, I'm very much into using what is recommended by many over what one person has said, I also tend to disbelieve (until I hear from users) anything someone selling tells me.
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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
35kg
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
£75
unsubstaniated claims of 500 @ 50% (but the manufacturers (Atlasbx.co.kr) state 120 cycles!)
22kg
made in Far East

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If you haven't already it is worth reading this.....................http://www.atlanticmotorhomeservices...technology.php

I and quite a few others have taken his advice.
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