After a moment of extreme stupidity I have managed to destroy my energy squadron FLA85 leisure battery so now need a new bat.
2 choices are the sealed version of energy squadron (SFL85) or one that's made by EXRIDER. Anyone had any experience of EXRIDER batts? Never really heard of them and can't find any info on them other than they seem to be Korean.
Energy Squadron is a known entity although I read the SFL range is not actually fully sealed (not that it makes any diff). They do seem to have good support although the place that has the EXRIDER seems to offer a collection service for any faulty batts with 3 yr warranty.
I'm sure someone will ask how I killed the old one so here goes... I removed the batt from the RIB to take it home to give it a charge / de-sulphination having got one of these smart 6-stage batt reconditioner / charger things. It was reading a bit low (40%) and the energy squardon battery brochure at
mentions that the FLA and SDC range can need topping up. Ok I thought - I'll do the due diligence thing here and check the electrolite before charging it in case that's why it's a bit flat. Examining at the battery, it looked like there was a plastic cover with all 6 caps built in so carefully started to prise it off.. then there was a horrible cracking noise - the cover is glued on, so does not come off without breaking
=> For all you energy squadron FLA battery users out there, don't attempt what I did......