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Old 04-25-2018, 01:24 PM   #1
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Question Question about new house batteries

Hi Folks! Well it's time to replace my house batteries (4, 6 volt deep cycle). My question is... Where can I find the manufactures "Date" on the battery? I don't want to buy old batteries that have been sitting on a shelf you a year or so.

Also are Interstate batteries a quality battery? I have a mobile RV repair guy who said he can get me Trogen batteries for about $180.00 each as opposed to Interstate for about $150.00 each. Should I go with the Trogens or are they about equal in quality batteries? I don't mind spending the $30.00 bucks extra if their worth the additional expense.

Need some advise!
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Depending on the Mfg. But a Trojan battery has date code stamped on post.
First letter is the month. Jan = A, Feb = B
Second number is the year. 4 = 2014 or 1994 if they are really old.
I had Trojan batteries originally and replaced with same I think they lasted 8-9 years.
I paid $683 for 4 T-105 batteries and 2 31-XHD batteries. Went direct to a battery warehouse. Much better prices.
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:56 PM   #3
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Excellent article link posted here in the forum previously:
https://marinehowto.com/what-is-a-deep-cycle-battery/
seems Trojan T105 is the most popular choice for true deep-cycle battery and known quality
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Without the specs on the batteries, cost comparisons can not be done.

Every brand has different capacity ratings. The price is typically based on that.

A price per AH capacity is the best way to compare.
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Someone posted a link to silicone batteries and I have been checking them out. I like the
possibility that there is no voltage drop in cold weather and they will take a charge faster.
I don't need batteries right now but I just email to find out about price. Just type in silicone batteries and they will come up.
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I researched and researched golf cart batteries and 2 years ago I went with Costco Interstate batteries at $90 each. Sam's Club also has great deals.
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:00 PM   #7
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These guys sell Trojan T-105's for $129. Check to see if they have a distributor in your area.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Trojan-T-10...19.m1438.l2649
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I purchased 4 Crown CR-260 for $131 each. Handy Bob says they are the best LA battery available now.

They are true deep cycle batteries made in Ohio.

I've only had them 4 months but so far they are working perfectly. -Bill
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Costco has interstate golf cart batteries 220 Amp Hrs $ 83 .
Are there better batteries ? Maybe but that's a dang good price
on a very good battery .
Sams club has a similar deal on their batteries
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While I am not a battery person, here is my experience.

I have found that the Trojan T-105 batteries are MUCH heavier than other brands. I believe the weight comes from a greater amount of lead in the batteries, not the thickness of the casing. To me, more lead would equate to a longer lasting battery. Do your own homework, but you get what you pay for.
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Check the height available in your battery compartment. You may be able to fit taller deep cycle batteries. Sizes like 14-15" (US Batt. 305 or Trojan J305's) may be possible... Maybe even L16 size which are 16-17" high. The foot[print for these batteries is a little wider than the standard golf cart ones, running about 7" x 11.5". You may have the space in your compartment but may need to modify your tray.
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As to Interstate, I've been using them for years on all our vehicles and have had no problems with them.

Don't know much about Trojans.
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