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Old 10 January 2005, 07:43   #1
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Buying a battery!

Having just purchased a Tohatsu 50 at an extra special boat show price... I am in need of a battery - a gel one would be nice but I also understand that a lead acid sealed unit would be fine?

any ideas on most 'cost effective' suppliers?
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Old 10 January 2005, 07:47   #2
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This will sound daft.......

.........but if you find a nice local car accessory shop (not your big high street type) I'll bet you a fiver, they'll do you a great deal.
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Old 10 January 2005, 08:26   #3
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Congratulations on your purchase. Do be aware that most car batteries are not designed to be left for a long while between charges and discharging them over a long period of time shortens their life considerable. It might be better to choose a leisure or deep cycle battery if there are like to be long periods between usage. Or plan to charge it regularly.
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Thanks for the advice - does anyone use an 'intelligent' charger - think there is one called an optimizer that can be left attached over time?
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Yeh, I use a draper one on my kit car, works well.
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I subjected a cheap Halfords sealed battery to mad abuse on the understanding that it was cheap enough at 24 to replace each year.

Put it in the boat to start a Suzuki 55HP triple at the begining of a season.
Used the boat regularly over the summer and remembered to try and charge it about twice, although it wasn't required as the Suzuki had kept it topped up in use.

Left it in the boat without touching it from September to April expecting to have to replace it. Tried to start the engine with it in April and it fired up first time. Suzuki kept it topped up all season.

This cycle of abuse continued for 3 years with it being left in the boat untouched for each Winter. Each April it started the engine first time.

It was still performing fine when I sold the boat.

Any deep cycle leisure batteries I've owned have always died with much better maintenance.

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excellent advice! did you bother with a vent pipe?
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does any one know wether optima red top batteries give off any fumes when charging thi may be a stupid question but it does nt say on leaflet
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I think your local caravan & camping shop will have good deals on batteries, I know mine does, worth a try.
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does any one know wether optima red top batteries give off any fumes when charging thi may be a stupid question but it does nt say on leaflet
They are not supposed to vent in normal use but as they have a pressure relief valve they COULD sometimes - they have a remote venting kit available as an extra!
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