Battery choice

Submitted: Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:00
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Hi all,
I am after a Trojan 12V 105amp deep cycle battery but have no luck to find a store which sell them in Sydney. Do you know where can I find one and how much is it?

Regards

Dan
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Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:12

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:12
Hi Dan

The Twelve Volt Shop has them but I'm not sure about price.
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Follow Up By: Penguin (NSW) - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:16

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:16
Oops! I should have said All About 12 Volt. They're Sydney based.

Mike
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Follow Up By: Penguin (NSW) - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:20

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:20
Aaarrgghh.... Try this one.
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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 19:13

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 19:13
Get it right Mike.....Crikey
Say hello to Ruth for me will ya.
Hope to see you guys soon.
ANge
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Reply By: David Au - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:21

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:21
Dan to digress a little, if you are going to use a Trojan in your vehicle as an auxiliary charged through a battery isolator, you will not get the life out of the battery for the money. Trojan is a good battery brand like the large majority of battery brands, provided it is charged and treated correctly. If you are going to charge the Trojan with a solar panel and quality regulator, I would say go for it, but not as an auxiliary battery charged through a battery isolator.
I would suggest something like an Apollo 882 (bottom of page) for approx $125.00 or any other reasonable quality deep cycle battery. You will get better life and performance out of two cheaper deep cycle batteries than one expensive one. From what I remember of the price of a Trojan battery of that capacity they are around $250.00, so approximately double the price of something like the Apollo.
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Reply By: YipD - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:40

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:40
I am thinking to get myself a WAECO mobitronic 8amp/hr 14.1V charger for the battery. Is it a good choice??? I choice Trojan because some of my mates have exprenices with it and they all highly recommended it, I don't know about apollo is it good brand how much is it for a 100amp??
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Follow Up By: David Au - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 15:13

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 15:13
A 100amp should be $125.00 Sure they are a good brand they are made by Global Yuasa in Korea.
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Reply By: Glenno - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:56

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:56
Go to -> www.trojan-battery.com. On the front page they have a country selector which will locate a dealer for you.

I run their 130A/hr battery with a 80 Solar panel and regulator along with a Pirhana dual system. I usually find that combining the solor output and a 30min drive every 2-3 days I keep the battery above 50% full.

Combined with a good quality 3 stage charger when I get home keeps the battery in tip top form. From memory I paid $240 from Turbo batteries in Brendale Qld. They advertised a cheaper price than the distributer in Slacks creek would do.

Like the others said they are more expensive but im just sick of buying crap quality equipment which doesnt last the longhaul.

Cheers,

Glenn.
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Follow Up By: David Au - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 14:02

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 14:02
Glenno I agree with you about poor quality gear, I loathe it as well, however you are getting towards treating your Trojan battery correctly.

As a matter of interest, why don't you stick the battery on the solar panel when you get home?

Are you using a quality Pulse Width Modulation charger with your solar panel or just a cheapie?
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Follow Up By: Glenno - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 17:27

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 17:27
Hi David,

Havent bothered with Solar charging at home. The regulator is mounted in my ply wood box in back of ute, so too much hassle to move it around. I just leave it hooked up to charger and put them under bench in the garage. Then just turn it on every month or so for a day to keep it topped up.

As far as pulse width modulation - NFI. Its just a normal 3.5a/hr 3 stage charger. Whats the difference between that type of charge and a normal 3 stage charger? Does it pulse verses continious charge or?

Cheers,

Glenn.
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Follow Up By: Glenno - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 17:31

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 17:31
Think i miss read your post.

My solar regulator / charder is a "Steca Solarix 12A". One of these jobbies -> Reg

Not sure if thats a Pulse Width Modulation type or not.

Wish I would have got the one with the LCD. Would have been something to keep me entertained when im board with fishing on a trip!

Cheers,

Glenn.
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Follow Up By: David Au - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 17:45

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 17:45
Glenno nothing wrong with a Steca regulator. Yes they are pulse charge and a good regulator. That is one of the most common things customers say after not buying a regulator with a digital readout.
We have a US meter arriving in February suitable for those that want metering on their solar panels. The meter does input output amperage, voltage and various other features like 24 hour/7 day etc. Around $100.00 waterproof and UV stabilised case.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 14:15

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 14:15
YipD,
Have a Trojan 100amp Deep Cycle in my dual battery setup and it works well. Don't know how much as the sparkie supplied it when he wired the system.
Cheers, John.
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Reply By: YipD - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 14:21

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 14:21
What brands of charger do you guys recommended for the Trojan? my budget is around $100-200.

Regards

Dan
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Follow Up By: David Au - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 15:08

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 15:08
If you can stretch to $300.00 you can get a 20w solar panel and an SHS6 Morningstar solar regulator incl delivery with proper four stage pulse width modulation. That would ensure your investment in your battery would better amortised.
A 20w panel is going to give you 1.16 amps, it just depends if it suits your setup.
Morningstar SHS6 regulator Suggest you read the two pages on the link at the bottom of the page PWM
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Follow Up By: Mainey... - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005 at 01:39

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005 at 01:39
YipD,
look up the following two links, the cost is about $170 total for both.
There is no stuffing about with them, just connect and forget, obtainable at most battery shops, Auto parts shops and Kmart etc.

http://www.projecta.com.au/products/index.php/command/viewproduct/productserial/81/categoryserial/6

http://www.projecta.com.au/products/index.php/command/viewproduct/productserial/20/categoryserial/10

I have used them for about 4 years and can guarantee they do work as stated by the website, I have wired the controller directly to the battery charger, as instructed to me by the manufacturer, so they are fully linked and I now only have one set of cables to attach to the battery.

any questions just ask...
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