Fullriver HGL or DC sries batteries

Are one or the other any better. Dumb question i know but I'm after first hand info if anyone has had any experience. I can get a 100a/h Fullriver for $299.00. but it is the Dc series.
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Reply By: leachy_9 - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 12:35

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 12:35
It really depends on your application.
As the nane suggests the DC series is a deep cycle battery, whereas the HGL is a gerneral purpose hybrid.

I've been using a 110A/H DC series to power my fridge for 12 months and it has performed well.

Leachy
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Follow Up By: madcow - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 13:03

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 13:03
I guess that answers my question. I thought that was the case. We are only running fridge/s. I have been given an appollo 100a/h gel battery and planned to put that into the camper and put the new one in the car.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ (wa) has - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 21:05

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 21:05
madcow,

You say ""We are only running fridge/s""

so yes, get the DEEP CYCLE Battery which is designed for the job

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: Warstar - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 17:35

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 17:35
Before doing that I would take some advice. I have a Fullriver Dc battery in my van. I don't think they are designed to act as cranking batteries. The DC series usually costs more than the other batteries. They are a lot heavier - about 34kgs from memory, and designed for deep cycle use.

No doubt someone will come on with the definitive answer.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 18:57

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 18:57
I've had my HGL 120a/h for over 3 years and it's still going strong. I do look after it pretty well.....it's always on the 3 stage charger when we're here at home and when travelling it's fed power via an Arrid Twin Charge. I NEVER let it get below 12 volts and it really only powers the Engel 40 litre plus a few other accessories (HF radio and 300 watt inverter etc, which don't get used all that often).

Weighs about 36kg and I keep it in the back (cargo box) of the Patrol....they don't like being under the bonnet and subjected to too much heat as far as i know.

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ (wa) has - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 21:16

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 21:16
Roachie,
it would still be just like a new one, unused because it's always on some charger or other when compared to those that get run right down and then recharged the following month ha ha ha

Under those conditions most batteries will still be like new.

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: Ianw - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 21:43

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 21:43
The difference between the "HGL" and "DC" range from fullriver is as follows:

600 cycles at 75% Depth of Disharge ("DC" range) versus approx. 350 cycles at 75% Depth of Disharge ("HGL" range)
Extra Heavy Duty Grids
Higher Power Density
Deep Discharge Recovery

Ian
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Reply By: madcow - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:25

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:25
Thanks for the replies Fellas. I am running 1 Engel at the moment but plan to put in a second one while away in the Kimberley for a few months. There are some on Ebay for $299.00 each, A pretty good price it seems. Charging will be kept up via 2 60w solar panels and genny if needed. While we will be driving a fair bit our intention is to bush camp as much as possible where we can and drop into a park where we cannot.

Ps had a good score and picked up 2 60w BP solar polycrystalline panels and regulator for $500, Only 3 years old! Bargain.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 13:42

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 13:42
Do you realise you've only got 17 years of life left in those panels :-)
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Follow Up By: madcow - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 14:09

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 14:09
yeh I'm pretty happy with them, They were pushing out 3.1amps. And came with a BP 30A regulator and voltmeter.
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Follow Up By: madcow - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 14:10

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 14:10
3.1 each panel
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