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Created by MorningBird Monday, 15 Apr 2019
NSW, 2106 posts
Monday , 15 Apr 2019 6:36PM
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I took MB out on the harbour today for a short run. Unfurled the heady and engaged the tiller pilot which worked very hard as we were only doing a couple of knots. I was on Battery 2, the house batteries.
After 10 minutes I went to start the engine and the house batteries were flat. They were replaced in 2010 so a pretty good life.
I was just looking on ebay and it seems to me that battery technology has come a long way.
When I bought these 105ah batteries they were the highest amp/hour batteries I could get to fit in the space for them and they were $290ea.
I might get 160ah ones now for $250ea in 2019 $$.

NSW, 107 posts
Monday , 15 Apr 2019 8:36PM
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Whoa, this is like asking what's the best oil, for such and such! But I'll give you my two bobs worth.
Value for money and solid long life, try powercrank at Wetherill park
their range of NPC AGM real DEEP CYCLE have impressed me. I bought two NPC 12V 270 Ah. Around $500 each
you might fit in their 220 Ah. Or next size down is 130 Ah
The 270's charge off a 250 watt solar and I run the fridge continuously
with a 30 amp mppt controller, and I run the optional temp sensor. Typically the batteries are in float mode during the day.
cheers Richard

QLD, 10993 posts
Monday , 15 Apr 2019 10:32PM
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Road Tech Marine and Tackle World have Century Marine 780s on sale at $229 ($50 off) at the moment.

They are a bit of a hybrid start/deep cycle which my great mate said he got a good service life out of.

I went to my local Battery Barn and asked if he could match the price. He looked up his price list and said he retails them for $234, so yeah he could match it. I started writing out the checque putting in $229 and he said Yeah I can do them for......pause while he saw me write in the figure.......$229 no problem.

If I had been smart enough I might have got it for $184 ($50 off).

Had a phone conversation with a guy recently who said that with batteries "You get what you pay for as with most things." He highly recommended the American made Optima brand deep cycle units. They will have more than enough CCA to start a yacht engine and the deep cycle capability to run house requirements, particularly fridges.

Battery technology is going ahead in leaps and bounds at the moment.

VIC, 220 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 1:04AM
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$500 for 320 Ahr is good value.

I have alsways alsways like Low Energy Developments from Melb. Prices are good and they generally import quality items.

Now days you could almost justify LifePO4's !

100 ahr at 13kgs.


NSW, 869 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 1:58AM
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I have got mine from batteries direct at peakhurst .
They have a dual 130 and high crank AGM battery at a good price have a look at them.

NSW, 4843 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 8:41AM
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Buy a jump start battery off eBay to carry in your handbag. Use it on your cars when you're off with your mates on car club gatherings etc. Take it sailing with you and you will probably never need it. It's only when you don't have one you need it!

NSW, 396 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 10:01AM
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Hi, I have used Online Batteries, excellent prices and service, batteries are lasting very well. Matt is the owners name, located at Picnic Point and delivers of course.

NSW, 208 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 7:19PM
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Ebay has X-cell 145a/h AGM for just under $200 each with discount code for another few days.
Im not sure what the brands like, I considered getting 2, as I only have 2x75a/h house sealed wet at the moment, I think they are fairly new, though one doesn't get the little green indicator showing. I need to check separately, however combined voltage in always around 13.8, higher when solar is on.

About to install a Evo 100 pilot, guess I'll find out the draw over time with the fridge running... might need larger sooner than I expected

NSW, 253 posts
Friday , 19 Apr 2019 11:48PM
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Purely my opinions below - no facts to substantiate.
I used to like AGMs because they can accept and deliver high currents, but I don't anymore because I gained the impression from reading online blogs and forums that they fail more frequently than Flooded and Gel type batteries in the same price bracket. I had an AGM by Deka that died after two years despite being treated well.

I also don't like super large batteries (like 12v 280AH in one unit) because of the weight and bulk - difficult to handle and it's more difficult to properly secure 30kg than a smaller 18kg. I would prefer to get two lower AH 12v batteries or 2 x 6V batteries (golfcart style). More flexibility in emergencies, can be carried in a dinghy, and if one cell fails offshore there are more options than with a single, large battery.

NSW, 1957 posts
Yesterday , 20 Apr 2019 8:18AM
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I've been buying 140ah deep cycles from a warehouse in lane cove. Light weight and have last well the last 2 years.

NSW, 2106 posts
Yesterday , 20 Apr 2019 9:19AM
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Sectorsteve said..
I've been buying 140ah deep cycles from a warehouse in lane cove. Light weight and have last well the last 2 years.

Can you give me contact details please Steve.

NSW, 1957 posts
Yesterday , 20 Apr 2019 10:18AM
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don't have a number anymore but mars rd. Unit 77 here. If not, it's next door. It's just an importer. 200 I paid. Good batteries. I stuffed one initially and he gave me a new one. Good people.

247 posts
Yesterday , 20 Apr 2019 10:07AM
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I have had great service from used UPS batteries sourced through Gumtree, costing about a dollar per Amphour. Although they are fine for starting small diesels, beware of prolonged heavy drain (like windlass, speaking from experience) as they're not built for that service.

I've used them for nearly ten years and get about 5 years out of them, but of course that will vary according to your use (day vs cruising) and Ah capacity vs your daily usage and charging. At those prices you can oversize to give some reserve to allow for the inevitable decline.

Cheers, Graeme


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