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Old 08-05-2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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Replacing/Upgrading house batteries

I am getting ready to replace my house batteries in my 2004 Damon Challenger. What are the specs to look for? I see AH numbers and CCA numbers. The labels are faded on my current batteries. I read an interesting thread on 2 six's vs. 1 twelve. I am going to stick with the 2 six's because of the space, tray, etc. So I would like some suggestions on amperage, brand, etc. Thanks.
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IF those are OEM they are GC-2 Size likely 210 or 220 amp hours.

You can get 230 amp hour and possibly even 250 amp hour batteries that will fit the same tray

Highest quality is Trojan. Though Interstate and Deka are both good runner ups. My OEM's were Interestate U-2200

The US-Battery US-2200 is.. basically identical

I now have Deka G-20s

All these are basically identical batteries (The G-20 is a 230 amp hour size)

Best bang for the buck, if you are a member already is GC-2 Golf car batteries at Sam's Club, but if you are NOT currently a member, the cost of membership makes a difference.
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According to some local independent battery suppliers, Trojan batteries are now made cheaper than they used to be with the result a shorter life span. I can't confirm this is true, but I heard it from three suppliers. Also I was told that US Battery no longer makes the Interstate U-2200. The US Battery U-2200 is still readily available. I got four about 6 months ago from our local Power Stride dealer for $118 each after negotiating with them a little.
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Thanks for the advice. I found a place I can get the Trojan T-105 for $125 so I probably go with them. But I have not found my best price yet on the Interstate GC2-XHD. I had another question. I noticed Trojan sells a battery fill system for their batteries, but it is fairly expensive. I have also seen other battery fill systems. Does anyone have any recommendations? Just looking for an easy way to fill both batteries [all six holes] easily and with less mess.
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Trojan T 105's are great batteries. I used them on my boat.
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Trogans run 1000's of golf carts around the USA, they are very good the T-105 are the most used, about $110
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I put one of the remote fill systems on my four house batteries. It was a true pain to check and fill the cells without it for two reasons. First, the battery compartment isn't on slides and secondly because the cables connecting in series and parallel got in the way of removing the caps and inserting the filler. Because of this I didn't check water level as often as I should. With the remote fill it takes about a minute to do it and all cells are at a consistent level. I have solar panels and a solar controller that equalizes the batteries every 25 days even when it is sitting in storage so it is important to be checking the level regularly. I don't remember the name of the remote filling system, but it is not the Trojan one.
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I am getting ready to replace my house batteries in my 2004 Damon Challenger. What are the specs to look for? I see AH numbers and CCA numbers. The labels are faded on my current batteries. I read an interesting thread on 2 six's vs. 1 twelve. I am going to stick with the 2 six's because of the space, tray, etc. So I would like some suggestions on amperage, brand, etc. Thanks.

I went with LifeLine brand this time. Chose AGM 6v 220AH batteries hoping they last a long time.
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I went with LifeLine brand this time. Chose AGM 6v 220AH batteries hoping they last a long time.
If you can take the hit to the pocketbook, AGMs are the way to go. Install them and forget about them.
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"I went with LifeLine brand this time. Chose AGM 6v 220AH batteries hoping they last a long time."

As long as you have matched the charger settings with the manufacturer's specs - and disabled equalisation mode.
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"I went with LifeLine brand this time. Chose AGM 6v 220AH batteries hoping they last a long time."

As long as you have matched the charger settings with the manufacturer's specs - and disabled equalisation mode.

Funny you mention this. I had to remind the tech to do this as he did not recall the Xanex charger had that capability.
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If you can take the hit to the pocketbook, AGMs are the way to go. Install them and forget about them.

Yes, the wallet has less pull from earths gravity now. Four batteries at $365 each plus a few hours labor. My old batteries were toast: Bulging at the center and dry to the bone a few times due to improper discharge ;-).
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Funny you mention this. I had to remind the tech to do this as he did not recall the Xanex charger had that capability.
My toolbar dictionary reckons a technician is "someone whose occupation involves training in a specific technical process". I guess that is just another term that has been dumbed down and down until it doesn't mean much any more.
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Yes, the wallet has less pull from earths gravity now. Four batteries at $365 each plus a few hours labor. My old batteries were toast: Bulging at the center and dry to the bone a few times due to improper discharge ;-).
WOW 365 each and that is more than I paid for a pair of Flooded wet cells, (About 50% more) and you bought FOUR of them.

There is of course the claim that AGM last longer.. However I have seen nothing that supports that in the world of fact.

Well tended flooded wet cells can go a decade or more, Mine, were abused a bit and made it to 9 before I replaced 'em this spring.

AGM... Well I had some of those too, they were the FIRST batteries I replaced.. They died very young. Five years. (And they were on a different loop not abused).
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