Lets Talk Boat Batteries

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Lets Talk Boat Batteries

Well its that time of year. Time to do some shopping for some batteries for the Ranger. Specifically I want to get some peoples take on what trolling motor batteries to buy and why. The Terrova on my 621 requires 3 batteries, and I'm wondering what other people have had good luck with. Thanks.

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My last set was from interstate battery, I believe they are power sport brand, they are made for electric wheel chairs, have never had a problem with them going all day in windy conditions, they are 3 years old now and seem to be fine yet!

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Do you remember what size?

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Not off hand, if I make it out to my shop tonight I'll take a look

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They are called power patrol batteries.  This picture is not the exact batteries I have but similar 

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I find that most deep cycle marine batteries are actually about the same. Reason is, most batteries (made in USA) are made by a handful of manufacturers. http://herehydro.weebly.com/uploads/9/3/9/1/93913/battery_manufacturers_...​    This list is really complicated, but Johnson Controls, Interstate, Exide, and Enersys build the bulk of the batteries in the US. I may have missed one or two, but you get the idea. I've run Optimas in my walleye boat for years with zero problems, some folks will disagree. I have also run Interstates liquid and AGMs in my bass boat, all pretty good. I just replaced the bass boat batteries with some of O'Reilly's and believe it or not, they seem to run longer than most without running down, and charge quickly. Best advice i can give, is if one of your batteries goes bad, do you want to run all the way to Wal Mart or O'Rielly's or Napa? I would try and find one that can be warranty exchanged at your local Cenex, or bait shop 7 days a week!

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I run three group 29 interstate batteries in my lund and have had good luck. I always get about two to three seasons out of a set but the last set I installed i bought that batterry extender that Minkota used to sell to add to each battery cell came in small bottles and I am going on my sixth season with the same batteries now! but I have looked for that extender to put in my pickup battery and it is nolonger beeing sold. I guess it must have worked too well?

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I would recommend Interstate XHD as a starting battery and Interstate deep cycle for trolling motor batteries.  I purchased a used 2010 Lund a couple years ago and figured the first thing I would have to replace would be the batteries.  The previous owner said he made a point to always maintain a solid charge in them even as they sat over the winter.  I took the boat out for the first run of the year last week and everything still worked great.  That's the original set of batteries going on their seventh season.  I can't recall anyone I know getting a full six seasons out of any battery in a fishing boat, much less all three.

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Like vanhookguide mention only a few manufactures of batteries.  On my 2013 lund I purchased batteries from Walmart,  this is my 4th year prior to installing them I preformed a load test.  Every fall I remove them refill the water level with purified water, store them in heated garage.  Since only a few manufactures I most likely get the same batteries as the big Battery store but at a reduced price  I believe they're the group 29 since I'm saving I can splurge on the best they have to offer.

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I have had really good luck with the Interstate Deep Cycle.   My first cranking had 10+ years and I only changed because I thought it was time.   Went to a straight deep cycle for the cranking as electronics and others are run off the starting battery.  Never had any trouble and its been over 3 years on that battery.  Had about 6 years on the trolling deep cycles. I would definately replace again with Interstate.

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group 31 trojans!!! battery systems in fargo sells them same batterys they use in golf carts in arizona I got 7 years and counting 70 trust 24 volt trolling motor i pilot 161.00 each