Gel batteries

Submitted: Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:06
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We have limited space under the bonnet for a second battery and a friend suggested using two gel batteries as these are smaller and therefore may be able to fit. But he didn't know whether gel batteries would be suitable. We would be running a fridge off the second batteries but that is about all. Any thoughts on this suggestion would be appreciated.
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Reply By: David - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:26

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:26
Rowena

I had the same problem when I had a 99 Series II TD5 Discovery so I fitted an Odyssey battery. (1000)

I have since transferred this to a 100 T/D which also lacked space as this vehicle comes standard with 2 starting batteries hence taking up what room there was.

Suggest have a look at the thread dated 28/1/03 (id 3121) where Brad asked about Odyssey batteries - may be of some help


Rgds


David
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Follow Up By: Rowena - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:50

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:50
Thanks David - sounds like an Odyssey battery may be an alternative. Is there any possibility of getting a copy of the photo you referred to? I can be contacted at paul.irish@bigpond.com.

If we are really short on space could our main battery also be replaced with an Odyssey so that we had 2 Odyssey batteries in place of our current battery (excuse my ignorance if this is patently not a possibility).
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Follow Up By: David - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 15:46

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 15:46
Rowena

I will email the photos shortly


Rgds


David
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:35

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:35
have a look at www.waeco.com.au at there remote power systems I have the URBAN model and am very happy with it .It will recharge in two hours of the vehical and can be charged in side your car ,hope this helps Peter
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Follow Up By: Rowena - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:45

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:45
Peter - thanks for the tip. I had a look at the website and (excuse my ignorance) but how do these work? We will be travelling for 6 months. Are these a practical alternative to installing a second battery when travelling for such a long period? How long does your Urban last before it needs to be recharged?
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 16:13

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 16:13
The URBAN will recharge off your smokes lighter in 4..5 hours when traveling or they do have a quick charge ( they are giving these away free at Oppisite lock at the moment ) that is hardwired in to the car system (easy ) which will charge it in around 2 hours .Best thing about them that I like is they are portable .I got mine at Oppisite lock Midland W.A
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter- Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 16:51

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 16:51
power usage will depend on what you are using off it , the URBAN is 24amp hours but some are bigger 48 amp hours , a 12 volt fluro uses approx .5 of an amp per hour ie: the URBAN will run it for 48 hrs . Look on the info plate of your apliance to see what its amp rating is , if it is in Watts devide by 12 volts = amps . ie;60watts devide by 12volts = 5 amps , there for the URBAN will run it for 4 hours
hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Rowena - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 17:21

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 17:21
These sound great but are they used only for short trips or can they be recharged and used continuously for 6 months? The website describes them as "short time" units so it sounds like maybe they are no good for long trips (??)
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Reply By: Voxson - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:11

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:11
Hi Rowena,,

I have a GQ Patrol on dual fuel with no room under the bonnet and i installed the second battery ( gelsel ) in the rear inside the car.
Hooked to the 150ah battery in the front in parallel it works fine and charges well during a ½ a days run after a day or two of running a 40 litre engel and general other stuff....Fridge only draws 2.7ah.........

Cheers.........
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 12:30

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 12:30
like all second batteries they will need recharging sooner or later depending on usage I am told they will last for years .with only a 2 hour recharge time I feel that they are a great idea .I will let you know in a year or two if they do what they say they will do .I hope so as I will be relying on it to keep my beer cold on quite a few trips into the out back . Peter
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