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abc40kids

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Posted: 07/29/19 06:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone using an Optima battery in their 5th wheel?


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Capacity on Optima is about 60% of a more traditional design. Cost is more per amp-hour of storage for them. If they were free--sure. But I want every amp-hour I can crowd into the available space without exceeding the carrying capacity of the batter compartment.


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It’s all about the numbers.


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Posted: 07/29/19 07:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

May I suggest an AGM designed for solar applications like this one Clicky?

It is a true deep cycle group 31 battery.





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AGM, especially the brands like Lifeline, are not cheap. The payoff is in the longevity & duty cycles of the AGM plus the no maintenance of it. It can go anywhere that you can find space to put it. No need to worry about venting.


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Just replaced my four 12V Flooded Batteries with four T105 6V AGMs. Now don't have to crawl into the front storage to check water levels.


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Nice purchase Michelle. Do you have a way to monitor charging amperate, so you will know when the AGM's are full? How will you be charging them?

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I just ordered an Odyssey Extreme PC-680 AGM battery.

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My Magnum Inverter/Charger has settings for different AGMs, set mine according to manual chart.

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i am at about four and a half years with my group 31 agm. They set me back about $250 each, twelve volt, and i haven't done anything with them since i installed them. They work great. as far as the sot comparison to regular $100 batteries, i am past the first whole year of breaking even. i will never not buy agm's again. maybe someday i can afford the lithium.

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