Battery replacement

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 12:29
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My main car battery is cactus and needs a replacement. So the options are the $200 normal or $400 AGM-like battery.

Our bus is a GU Patrol 3.0TD fitted with a 12,000pd winch which also runs of this main battery.

Any suggestions or thoughts on the best option? Is there a benefit from getting the dearer one?

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Mike
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Reply By: GUey - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 12:36

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 12:36
I run a ARB dual battery setup with isolator. The 2nd battery powers a 50 l Waeco which is used for trips.
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:11

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:11
Think about using a Calcium maintenance free battery - Delkor or Supercharge are a couple of brands to look at. If you're in a capital city then go to ALCO and ask them for a deal. They have their own brand and are pretty good.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:57

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:57
Mike,

"Bang for buck", my money is on the Exide Extreme.
They are not maintenance free, but the robust construction of the battery with heavy duty plates and glass separators sold me.

They can be bought a Kmart stores Australia wide.

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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 15:38

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 15:38
My recent experience;
Got new battery in Melbourne - (no name variety -never heard of it before) one year warranty.
We set off for the corner country and the Diamantina, a couple of days later find that the battery is leaking so start looking for agent to get battery replaced, no one had heard of the brand. Finally found someone who could give me a phone number to ring but it's in Victoria. Ring number and guy says that I have to take battery back to Melbourne or Dubbo where some one would 'have a look at it' and perhaps be able to glue up the leak ! We are now in Brisbane on our trip around the block and don't plan on being 'down south' again in the next few years.

My advice is that if you travelling then what ever brand you get make sure it has nation wide dealers.

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Follow Up By: nsngood - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 19:37

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 19:37
good advice kiwi this should apply to any vital item no matter what
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Reply By: Diesel Power - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 11:11

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 11:11
Pop into the local Caterpillar dealer, you might get a surprise as to how cheap a good quality battery with an excellent warranty can be! Oh and they are nationwide too

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Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Saturday, Jun 07, 2008 at 19:36

Saturday, Jun 07, 2008 at 19:36
Mike,
get a wetcel Very HIGH CCA quality battery

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