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Old 11-09-2007, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So just as the fishing gets good my deep cycle goes bad, with a $85-$100 price tag for a new one it may be time to winterize the boat. Does anyone know what to do with an old battery? It still takes a charge but only to 10v which does me no good, also any ideas on where to buy a new one and get the best deal? Thanks
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So just as the fishing gets good my deep cycle goes bad, with a $85-$100 price tag for a new one it may be time to winterize the boat. Does anyone know what to do with an old battery? It still takes a charge but only to 10v which does me no good, also any ideas on where to buy a new one and get the best deal? Thanks
Curious as to how long you got out of that battery?
I last purchased at Gander and can't recall price (2 yrs ago) but I think WallyMart has decent price on them.
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also any ideas on where to buy a new one and get the best deal? Thanks

Goto Gander and get a Trojan Battery!
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I spent the money and got an optima. I have not been impressed with it. Don't get me wrong, it's comparable to my other batteries, maybe even a little better, just not as good as I'd hoped.
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I was using the big Napa batterys.I got them back in 2003 and they went dead last weekend.I guess thats not to bad but now i need to replace them.
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I buy the WalMart ones, not sure of the brand, Die Hard? maybe? I can look tonight if that's important.

I've bought three batteries from Wal Mart, one died after the first year, the other two I have been using for about 3 years now.
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I have three deep cycles in my boat - the last one was replaced with a Walmart battery (same issue you are having). I'm hoping they stand behind their guarantee.

In the winter, I've found that the semi-automatic chargers that have a maintenance mode help them last a lot longer.
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I have an EverStart...And a Delta Voyger...I think both from Walmart. One is six years old and the other is three....Both still going and I tend to abuse them by running them completely down...I do re-charge as soon as I get home however, and I think that is critical for the life of the battery...

Everything I've read about lead cell batteries is: The heavier the better...More plates. So, if you can take the weight...I'd buy the heaviest batteries I could find...
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So just as the fishing gets good my deep cycle goes bad, with a $85-$100 price tag for a new one it may be time to winterize the boat. Does anyone know what to do with an old battery? It still takes a charge but only to 10v which does me no good, also any ideas on where to buy a new one and get the best deal? Thanks
Take your old one to Wal-Mart so you get the core charge waived when you buy a new Everstart! The Everstart Maxx 29 is no more than $70, has an 18-month FREE REPLACEMEMT warranty, and enough juice to power you all day long. That's all I run, and I use (discharge and charge) mine a couple hundred times a year! Most outlast the warranty, and those that don't get me another brand new one for FREE.
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I have had a Walmart battery go bad in my jeep a couple of time due to not driving it for over 6 months and they have replaced it no questions asked each time, one time without a receipt. I would by another Walmart battery in a heart beat.
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