Need new batteries . What brand ?

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Lots of info on dual battery setups but not much on what batteries . I have a dual battery setup with a cole hersee solonoid and a warn high mount winch (winch not used much) . I dont have a fridge . The batteries have had it so its time for two more batteries . The batteries that were in the troopy were 2 x 620 CCA exide extreme N70EX . Is there any better or are these ok . Someone said calcium batteries are better as you can get more years of life out of them . The exides have lasted over 3 years .
www.exide.com.au/products/index.php
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Reply By: phil - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 11:32

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 11:32
The Exide Extreme is still a good choice. It is available at a good price quite often as well eg. at Kmart.
Phil
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 11:51

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 11:51
My Delcor Calcium deep cycle lasted just over 2 years. I'm looking at replacing it with an AGM 90amp/hr which should last longer.
Maybe your exides are the way to go.
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Reply By: Longreach - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 12:11

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 12:11
I just replaced my Exide after 4 years.
The old one had 'Deep Cycle' written on the side.
The new one is an Extreme N70EX. 620CCA and about 80AH if I remember correctly. It doesn't say deep cycle anywhere but the auto electrician tells me it is. I believe him, but if I was a bit suspicious, how can you tell ? Does N70EX necessarily mean it is a DC battery ? Tried looking around the Exide website but didn't come up with anything very conclusive. 'Extreme' just seems to be a level of build or quality which can apply to all sorts of sizes/specs.
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Follow Up By: Mazdan - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:21

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:21
I can assure you that it would be a DC battery........

A true deep cycle battery costs a lot of money.........how much did you pay for it?

Many marine batteries are in fact NOT true deep cycle batteries.

hmm........as I suspected, just checked on the net and your battery is not a deep cycle battery..........just an everyday light truck battery.
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Follow Up By: Longreach - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:43

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:43
Thanks, but how did you work that out ?
I looked at the Exide site and there are light truck N70EX and there are heavy commercial N70EX
You may be right, but before I go back to the guy who sold it to me, exactly how do you know mine is not deep cycle ?
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Follow Up By: Longreach - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:46

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:46
OK. I probably should have done this in the first place. Not sure if anyone is interested but I just rang the Exide 1800 number to get some answers.
He said the N70EX definitely is a deep cycle battery. He said it is dual purpose in that it can also be used for cold cranking. They also have an ED5 which is deep cycle only and comes with a 6 month warranty whereas the N70EX comes with a 2 year warranty. He said they sell the N70EX ‘by the pallet load’ to ARB for use as auxiliary batteries and never have any problems.
One other thing, I had heard from some, that when not going away and therefore not drawing on the auxiliary battery for extended periods that it is a good idea to put a load on the battery occasionally. He said that is not necessary in this application.
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Follow Up By: Mazdan - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:52

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:52
It would be the same battery but is suitable for more than one application.........in this case both light truck and also heavy commercial.

Exide lists there deep cycle batteries and yours does not appear.........sorry bro, it was no surprise. Deep cycle batteries are very expensive and my guess is that 99% of people who think they have one........really dont. But have somehow gained the impression that a marine battery is a deep cycle battery.......which it isnt.

How do I know?........easy, I used to make the same mistake and recently required a battery to do a very specific job and the lads at my local parts store put me straight..........the battery I needed in a deep cycle was gunna cost me more than $500,00.

Personally I run a Supercharge 24 Gold series with a 760cca and 160 RC. It is an excellent battery and I couldnt be happier plus not very expensive at about 120.
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Follow Up By: Mazdan - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:58

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:58
Just read your reply above. Im sorry but that battery is simply not a true deep cycle battery........lol.

Bottom line is that if your happy then thats all that matters.
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 12:12

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 12:12
I used to have 2 Extreme's but now have 2 Delkors. The CCA for the Exide is below that required for the winch so switched to the Delkor. They also have the advantage of being sealed.

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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 12:40

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 12:40
You wont go wrong with the Exides. Can often buy them cheap at Kmart when they have their sales.
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Reply By: TROOPYMAN A.D. 1998 - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 13:21

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 13:21
Thanks for your replies .
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Reply By: Dave Thomson - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 15:44

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 15:44
Hi ,
I can tell you I used to work for century batteries and they are all the same, for instance a Besco will do exactly the same job for a B.M.W. and will last exactly the same amount of time and cost half the price, the truth is to buy in those batteries, the case, the cells, the acid cartage storage etc,comes to about $20.00 the profits go to pay the rates wages shareholders etc, the advice you've had is good, if you want a battery go to K Mart the gaurentee is the same no matter which place you buy it check it out and see,
hope this helps,
also for anyone on a budget, if you go to places like battery world and sak them for a "blemish battery" you'll get a new battery at a knock down price, they may be scratched or a slight dent somewhere, but its still a new battery for less than half price,
regards,
Dave
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 20:46

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 20:46
I sell Agm's and they are very good value but I must admit the Exide Gold at $129.95 at K-mart is still great value and with a 2 year warrany you can't go wrong.

I love AGM's as they charge quickly and have twice the life but if your budget does not allow go for Exide.

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: TROOPYMAN A.D. 1998 - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:52

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:52
Ok i will probably buy 2 x Fullriver HGL90 AGMs for $ 236 each .
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