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Post  stubbo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:54 pm

i know some of you on here fish from a boat does anybody know how long a brand new 85ah liesure battery should last mine seemed to lose power after about 55minutes and thats not continous use moved round the lake about 5 times and anchored up or is that about right.......
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Post  Eric Edwards on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:39 pm

Sounds a bit short to me. An Endura doesn't have a maximiser so it's going to use more power than one that does but 55min is still a short time. What sort of connection did you use to the battery? A poor connection will shorten battery life considerably.
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Post  noodle on Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:01 pm

Never thought about the connection. What are you using to charge your battery? I made the mistake of using a four amp car charger and never got more than two hours out of a 120ah. A change to a proper leisure charger doubled the life.
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Post  stubbo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:50 pm

Eric Edwards wrote:Sounds a bit short to me. An Endura doesn't have a maximiser so it's going to use more power than one that does but 55min is still a short time. What sort of connection did you use to the battery? A poor connection will shorten battery life considerably.
clamp type connection no corrosion on them checked that first
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Post  Eric Edwards on Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:52 pm

Maybe an unsuitable battery type. It really needs to be a deep cycle battery to get the best out of it.
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Post  stubbo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:54 pm

noodle wrote:Never thought about the connection. What are you using to charge your battery? I made the mistake of using a four amp car charger and never got more than two hours out of a 120ah. A change to a proper leisure charger doubled the life.
i am useing one of them smart chargers think it pulse charges when it needs it you can leave it on and it will not over charge when the charge level drops it kicks in charging i think thats how it works
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Post  stubbo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:59 pm

Eric Edwards wrote:Maybe an unsuitable battery type. It really needs to be a deep cycle battery to get the best out of it.
is a liesure battery not a deep cycle battery then .it has a small spy hole window on the top which is green when fully charged it was still green when i got home it turns white when it needs charging which was puzzleling it shows fully charged Question
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Post  Eric Edwards on Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:17 pm

Not necessarily, they all have different purposes. The last but one battery I bought was designed to run a golf cart - that meant it could stand fast draining, my most recent battery is a sealed unit - I wanted that one for use in my aluminium boat (no danger of acid spillage). On the whole, with leisure batteries it's a case of you get what you pay for. You can go to extremes and pay a fortune and then you will get good performance or you could go for the least expensive but then it might not do what you want.

Best option is to go to a specialist battery supplier and talk to them before you buy. They will recommend the correct battery for your needs.
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Post  stubbo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:25 pm

Eric Edwards wrote:Not necessarily, they all have different purposes. The last but one battery I bought was designed to run a golf cart - that meant it could stand fast draining, my most recent battery is a sealed unit - I wanted that one for use in my aluminium boat (no danger of acid spillage). On the whole, with leisure batteries it's a case of you get what you pay for. You can go to extremes and pay a fortune and then you will get good performance or you could go for the least expensive but then it might not do what you want.

Best option is to go to a specialist battery supplier and talk to them before you buy. They will recommend the correct battery for your needs.
i must admit eric i did not pay alot for these batteries 45 sqid each thought it was too good to be true thought they were a bargain......back to the drawing board eric Embarassed
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