Quantity or quality, which one?

Submitted: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 12:17
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What is the best way to go. 120 a/h Fullriver or 100 a/h delkor ... Both are on e-bay... I hope, on these links...?? Will be running one of Derek's fridges, a couple lights.. maybe charge phone, camera..

fullriver

Delkor battery

Thank you to all learned ones. Oops, this is a third battery in the back....Two under bonnet are starters
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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 12:37

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 12:37
The 100 delkor works fine for me with 1 fridge,a couple of lights and occasional phone/camera/lantern recharge.

The 120 Fullriver would be a better battery with less weight.
The lower weight may even pay for its self with lower fuel costs over a year or two?
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:41

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:41
Ross, I reckon you'll find AGMs are usually heavier than wet cells.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:05

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:05
No problem at all with the Quality of the Fullriver in my view. I have 4 of them (120 AH). The oldest is a bit over 4 years old and still going strong. This is one of the things I believe the Chinese have got right.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: Member - KC (TAS) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:53

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:53
Norm,that was my main concern, years of service, plus an extra 20 a/h's. Thank you all for that. The rest will be easy now....
I've kicked a goal with the links above...they worked .....
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 17:19

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 17:19
You've got 2 totally different batteries there.

The FullRiver is an AGM which is ideal in the back.

The Delkor is one of those horrible Calcium wet cell batteries that needs a special charger, and shouldn't be installed inside a vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:28

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:28
What kind of special charger do you need? I find it charges fine with ether my CTEK 15 or my 30 year old 4 amp cheapy
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:40

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:40
Ross,
They do appear to charge on any charger, but your only way of monitoring this is by measuring voltage (they are sealed so SG is not measurable). So you have no way of knowing whether they are 70% charged or 100% charged.
They need a higher voltage than all other batteries to appreoah fully charged - at least 14.8V which is more than the 14.4 from your Ctek. Your 30year old charger (Arlec?)is unregulated, so it may eventually deliver a high enough voltage, but it won't turn off, so you can overcharge and trash the battery.

The only two chargers I know of at present with a dedicated Calcium battery setting are marketed by Redarc and Projecta. There are two other threads on the forum from the past 2 weeks where RobAck has elaborated on charging Calcium batteries or you can scour the Redarc website for further info.

Cheers
phil
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, May 22, 2009 at 21:01

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 21:01
KC
My Delkor DC's lasted 6 years and were still working when I replaced them with AGM's, so I can tell you in good faith they are good batteries, BUT must suggest the Delkor's should be used in a well vented area.
( I had my Delkor beside my bed ??)

HOWEVER, AGM's can safely be used in enclosed in places.

The AGM is *almost* 20 ah extra capacity & will recharge faster.

Maîneÿ . . .
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Reply By: Member - KC (TAS) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 00:51

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 00:51
Thanks for that Phil G and Maîneÿ, I mistakenly assumed that sealed meant sealed...well you get that..and noted.. So it's definitely a Fullriver then. That's that sorted, now on to the photo thing, it won't go on......
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 06:45

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 06:45
Reduce the size of your pic and it should hopefully load. You already have a signature in place so it should appear.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:49

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:49
KC, it is very common for people to wrongly assume all "sealed" batteries are safe inside vehicles.
You should be happy with the FullRiver (the postage is a killer though!). Just remember that the 120Ah FullRiver is a 13inch long battery - an inch wider than the common N70size battery, so make sure it fits the space you've got.
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Reply By: Member - KC (TAS) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 09:47

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 09:47
Sir Kev, I was trying to resize them, all sizes...but you must have to put one in the first bit before you open your profile page. I don't know? but I did this and it worked, so all good again.. I'll see in a second..??
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Reply By: Von Helga - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 10:03

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 10:03
Provided there is not a great difference in quality or price or physical size 20 AH is 20 extra AH's. I know which one i'd buy.
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Trevor
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