Battery spec - DT200EFI
Whilst in the process of getting 'The Nashers Revenge' and It's 1998 Suzuki DT200EFI ready for our annual pilgrimage to Dartmouth I've discovered that both it's batteries are dead, and although they take a charge it disappears within a few hours.
I don't think I can complain really.
One, a 75AH cheapo car battery was in the hull when I brought it in 2004, and was obviously not new at that stage.
The other, a 110AH Halfords Car battery, I purchased and installed a few months later.
Both were OK last summer, both have always spun up the big 2.7l V6 sufficiently to start it, but due to various things the boat hasn't been used since last summer and they're both dud.
The Suzuki book says use a 100AH battery, that's the only spec I have, and all three dealers I've called quote that despite my protests that things have moved on and CCA is what's important.
Now I need to get a couple of batteries, and the cost of them is going to have to come out of our holiday spending money, effectively reducing our petrol budget which normally allows us to use the boat every other day whilst we're away, so as you can imagine it's a right pain in the rear end to have to fork out for them.
What do those wiser than me think on CCA spec?
Each one has to independently be able to start the DT200, run it's trim, an E120, DSM300, VHF, Bilge pump etc, although the old lump does appear to keep the batteries topped up in use.
I'm thinking @750 minimum, but aim for @950.
They also need to fit in my battery boxes which have internal dimensions of 190 x 270 x 200mm.
Obviously I'm going to do this on the cheap, so please don't anyone suggest anything with a RED/Yellow top, or anything remotely leisure based. As you can tell from the above car batteries have served us well for 10yrs+, so I'm, happy to chance it again, and for this summer at least.
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