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Mason_Musky
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03-21-08, 10:39 PM (CST)
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"Best trolling motor batteries"
 
   What batteries do you guys think are best? Are the optima gel Batteries worth the extra cost. Any thoughts?
Also what about chargers I think I want an on board

Mason


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David_4
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03-22-08, 06:25 AM (CST)
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1. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   I don't know what is the best as there are a lot of good batteries out there, but I have been using Auto Zone's Duralast batteries for about 10 years now and have had good luck with them. Use at least 27 series batteries if they will fit, the larger the battery the more run time. There always seems to be an Auto Zone just about everywhere I've fished, which is nice if you do have a problem.

I have had Guest and Dual Pro chargers in the past, but last year my Guest gave up the ghost. I bought a Minn Kota MK 220 at the beginning of last year and it has worked as well as the others. 10 amps per bank is the minimum I would buy, a 5 amp takes too long to recharge. A nice thing about the Minn Kota is it costs less. There is a 25.00 mail in rebate on Minn Kota chargers right now.


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big_b16
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03-22-08, 10:43 PM (CST)
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2. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   Have any of you used the interstate batteries you've got in stock now? I was pleasantly surprised to see some new batteries in the store. The old stock looked like they may have powered u-boats at one time. I got one of the interstates hoping they'll be alright.


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big_b16
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03-22-08, 10:45 PM (CST)
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3. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   Not sure about the gel ones, I've always used the lead acid. On the charger side, I've got a guest. You get what you pay for as far as I can tell when it comes to these things. Mine's been on for 4 yrs now and still charging.


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David_4
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03-22-08, 11:22 PM (CST)
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4. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   Most auto/marine batteries are made by three manufacturers, Delphi, Exide, and Johnson Controls. Each makes batteries sold under different brand names.

Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart).

Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart.

Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStart.

As you can see, Interstate and Duralast are made by the same company, Interstate just costs more than the Duralast.


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DkPickin57
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03-23-08, 05:08 AM (CST)
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5. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   I have the Interstates in my boat and they have held up fine so far, This will be only the third year but so far no problems. The on board charger is a MK330. 3 bank/10anps per bank. Same as Daves MK220 but has the extra bank for the third battery. Both of these units have the maintenence feature on it, most do now, you can leave them on the charger and they only kick in when they need to. Mine has been pluged in all winter and they are ready to go,,when the weather is ready anyway. I would also check out the battery monitor that Minn Kota has, You can check out the charge of all the batteries with a push of a button. Minn Kota also has a flush mount recepticle that is nice. You attach the plug from the charger and when you pull your boat in the garage you don't need to dig for the darn thing, you just plug your extension cord right in to your boat. This will requie drilling a mounting hole in your boat or a panel on your boat. If I had one of those sleek, shiney, fast corvette boats I think I would need to just keep looking for it when I pulled the boat in rather than popping a hole in it. (just kidding D4)

Thats what I have and it works for me.

Don

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David_4
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03-23-08, 05:32 AM (CST)
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6. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   Actually Don, I did drill that Big hole in my Corvette boat years ago and two others for my trolling rod holders. The hard part about drilling big holes in a shiny boat is that first pull of the drill trigger, after that its not so bad, but that first pull is a hard to do. When I went to the MK charger I decided not to use the convenient plug the extension cord in the receptacle. I found they are not sealed from the elements as well as you would think.


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03-23-08, 10:26 AM (CST)
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7. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   D4,
I bet that first pull is the tough one! That boat of yours is a nice one, a little hard to get off the trailer at times for some of us but damn nice.
Don

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David_4
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03-23-08, 04:11 PM (CST)
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8. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   That was a classic.


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Mason_Musky
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03-23-08, 09:08 PM (CST)
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9. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   I have new mk 220 charger I bought Sat at
bass Pro. Now I want to get two new batteries I have one old interstate and one from walmart the interstate is the one that came with the boat but don't know what the mca is on it I'm gonna see if they are the same if not I'm gonna get two of the same size and see if I can get some with the most power that I can get into the space for my trolling motor batteries and am probably gonna put them in the battery boxes instead of the treys. I always keep one spare battery just in case my boat won't start and also to hold my net handle when I catch a fish when alone. I slide the handle under the strap and hang the net just over the edge of the boat so the fish is under water at all times till I get my camera ready, works good, I almost lost my net and fish a few times till I started doing it this way. Still need to mount my charger but should be easy enough.

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Mason_Musky
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03-25-08, 06:55 AM (CST)
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10. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   My newest battery is from 5/07 (Everstart Max 29) MCA 875 / AMP Hrs 125 So I'm just gonna get one more of these for now and mabye get a new set after these are trashed. Atleast my batteries will be the same and about the same age. Looked at the Optima Blue top D31 M but just don't want to spend the money on two of those right now. The info i read on them sounds good but I'm sure there are many good batteries out there.

Mason


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03-26-08, 07:26 AM (CST)
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11. "RE: Best trolling motor batteries"
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   The best part about Optimas are that they are AGMs (Absorbed Glass Mat).
That means they are totally sealed so you never need to check water. There are two problems with AGM. First is cost. You can recover cost in increased life time and the no maintenance hassle. Second is charger issues. I was told by Dual (A charger maker) that AGM batteries are sensitive to a trickle current when they are fully charged. Of course the only charger maker that offers a charger that completely shuts off is Dual, surprise. I am upgrading my boat to 2 trolling batteries. It is a small boat, 17'9" so once the batteries are in at least one of them will be unreachable for maintenance. This requires I use AGM's. I have also been considering using refurbed Dual 3 bank charger from Dual ($189 vs $389 for new). Gel batteries are different than AGM. In my opinion AGM are better than GELS. See these web site for more.

http://www.rechargeable-battery-review.com/articles/renewable-energy/agm-and-gel-marine-batteries-is-the-higher-initial-price-cost-effective.html
http://www.vonwentzel.net/Battery/


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