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Old 07-02-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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I am planning to replace my house batteries. Anyone have any experience with GEL vs. Acid batteries?

I am curious which will maintain house while running on batteries better?
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:30 AM   #2
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With the exception of of really big buck lithium batteries, all batteries that might do are acid batteries. But they come in:
Flooded Cell - you have to keep the elctrolyte level up by refilling.
Gell Cell - the acid is there and as a gell.
AGM Means Absorbed Glass Mat - the acid is in a fiberglass blotter between the plates.

Any of these will do, but you have to pay attention to the rating.

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I've never had any luck with gels, as they are extremely sensitive
to a certain charging protocol. Flooded lead acid are the least
expensive, but require constant watering and they outgas
hydrogen sulfide which is highly corrosive in the compartment.
AGM's are the best, and the most expensive. Zero maintenance,
zero outgassing, faster charging and will tolerate deep cycles
better than most others. I've attached a helpful guide.
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Oops, forgot to go advanced, here is the attachment.
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Regardless of the battery type you choose, be sure your charger or inverter/charger is configured for the battery type and charge amperage matches the battery bank amp hour rating.
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Have you typically set your inverter to auto or manual for battery settings?
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Most of the experienced folks here will advise flooded cell deep cycle batteries. The best recommendation to go with them is the watering system. Pro-Fill or something similar will allow you to keep the batteries full of distilled water and will prevent outgassing from corroding everything in the area.

Save the extra cost of one of the gel cells or AGMs and buy the automatic watering system. Worth every penny in battery life peace of mind.

YMMV

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I have had great service out of my Group 30 Sam's Club batteries that cost less than $100. My first set lasted a little over 5 years. I have the ProFill system and check them monthly. We boondocked every extended weekend for football three months of the year for all of those 5 years. Great batteries great price for me.
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Most of the experienced folks here will advise flooded cell deep cycle batteries. The best recommendation to go with them is the watering system. Pro-Fill or something similar will allow you to keep the batteries full of distilled water and will prevent outgassing from corroding everything in the area.

Save the extra cost of one of the gel cells or AGMs and buy the automatic watering system. Worth every penny in battery life peace of mind.

YMMV

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X2, I have six 6V interstate batteries with Pro-Fill on all of them never any corrosion and battery tops stay clean. Costco sells the Interstate GC-2 6V batteries for $83.95. Have had mine for about one year still working good. I just finished pulling all mine out load testing (100 amps for 15 seconds), charging, checking specific gravity, and cleaning the dust off the tops.
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I just replaced all my house batteries with flooded cell batteries with a watering system. As far as I'm concerned it's the only way to go.
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Most of the experienced folks here will advise flooded cell deep cycle batteries.
Well, this experienced guy loves his Trojan AGM deep cycles. The flooded cell deep cycles give more AH per dollar, but the clean, zero maintenance, highly reliable performance of the AGMs is worth some extra bucks to me.
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Ditto, while most go with flooded batteries, I strongly prefer the AGMs. Yes, significantly more expensive. Yes, charge much faster, are maintenance free, won't get acid on your clothes, and pretty much never need to be looked at. I do enough maintenance on this beast already.

The real reason most go with flooded is the cost difference. If your budget allows, you won't regret AGMs.

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AGMs for me also. When properly installed with a proper charger you can forget about them. A bit more expensive, but well worth it.
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Another vote here for AGM's if the budget allows. After having flooded cell batteries for years in my boats and motorhomes (even with the Qwik Fill system), the AGM's are really maintenance and trouble free. As noted, there are already enough other maintenance-intensive things on these beasts so I don't have to fret over batteries.
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