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Old 04-22-2015, 10:19 AM   #15
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FRANKNJ...the 5 ea 100 watt Renogy panels are just perfect for the weekender. I can travel knowing that most of my daytime needs are fully covered and that I have topped off batteries for the evening. I use a 4ea 6v golf cart battery. Bought them at Advanced Auto.... when they have the 25% coupons on line. $89 each.... They are decent batteries for the RV purpose. They are now 2 seasons old.... and I have topped them off about 3 times.
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FRANKNJ...the 5 ea 100 watt Renogy panels are just perfect for the weekender. I can travel knowing that most of my daytime needs are fully covered and that I have topped off batteries for the evening. I use a 4ea 6v golf cart battery. Bought them at Advanced Auto.... when they have the 25% coupons on line. $89 each.... They are decent batteries for the RV purpose. They are now 2 seasons old.... and I have topped them off about 3 times.
Are those 225AH batteries?
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Knight: No they are 115AH each ..... 6-Volt Deep-Cycle Service Battery, 115AH

AutoCraft Golf Cart 6-Volt Deep-Cycle Service Battery, 115AH
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Gogreenwave, 6ga. wire dirt cheap at HF, buy the jumper cables and just cut off the clamps. Bought mine yesterday and the wire and insulation look good. Nice clamps too, hate to cut em off. $19.95-20% off coupon! 16 ft. 6 Gauge Heavy Duty Booster Cables
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Knight: No they are 115AH each ..... 6-Volt Deep-Cycle Service Battery, 115AH

AutoCraft Golf Cart 6-Volt Deep-Cycle Service Battery, 115AH
Those are pretty small 6V Golf Cart batteries. No wonder they are so cheap.

Trojan, Interstate and US Battery GC2's are all around 220-230Ah. But they are also a lot more expensive.

So if you work out the Ah per $$, they might come out ahead.
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They are 115 reserve minutes, probably around 210 AH
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twinboat.. I used the information offered on the Advanced Auto Parts webpage. They offer the info as 115AH...for that battery... it might be a 190/220AH battery.... since it is a GC2 ...but they are not selling it as such. What I can state is that they are as good in my service as my T-105s were when they were new. They saved me a few $.... and are kicking along really well.
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Knight: No they are 115AH each ..... 6-Volt Deep-Cycle Service Battery, 115AH

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Ok thanks! I was wondering, I had purchased 225AH batteries from Sams club, thought maybe Advanced used the same.
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Knight.. I am fairly confident that Johnson Controls is the name behind many of the batteries we use....including Walmart and Advanced Auto
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You need to dig a little deeper in Advance`s specs to see that they are using the "75 amp reserve capacity " as AH.

Hey, What do they know
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Twin: I sent a Customer Relations Email to them asking them to review the spec information on the GC2 battery. We will see if this bounces off their radar or it makes an impact. Often it just takes a nudge and they go OH!
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I mounted my controller on the end of the dinette seat along side a battery/solar monitor that I built. The switch for the inverter is there too. The controller needs moving air to cool it, so don't mount it in a box, but as close to the bats as possible. Low voltage [12vdc] needs much larger wire than higher voltage [115vac] to carry it over distances.
I have 6 x 100 watt panels feeding a bank of 4 x 125amp hr batts and have not been able to run the batts down below 12.2vdc. The inverter, bats and exhaust fan for batts fumes, are in three seperated compartments. As you can see, the solar controller is in open space and has it's own cooling fan installed behind it to vent through the cooling fins. The fan is powered directly from the controller.
Every circuit is fused [solar-controller-batts-fans-inverter-auto transfer switch]. Fuses are good. Make sure you use them everywhere!
I tried to post a pix here, but it didn't go through. Sorry
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Cool pic blackhat. Do you have any closeups you could share? where are your 4th batteries located?
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