replacement batteries

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 22:04
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What is the latest feed-back on replacement deep cycle batteries. My four are due for replacement. A while ago it was 'Alco' using our BT membership card as one choice. My search of threads didn't produce any info. cheers.
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Reply By: Turist - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 22:28

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 22:28
Use the Alco link on the right of the page.
Contact Steve Hemming.
BOG deal still on.

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Reply By: Wilmo7 - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 22:32

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 22:32
You might remember that at Quilpie I found 2 of my battteries going down. Well I had four of those Fullriver batteries shipped down to Charleville and installed them there. This was my 3rd set of batteries since 2003. The first BT installed set died when the charger cooked them, the second set were gel batteries from Korea and only lasted about 18 months. I have to say that these Fullriver are the best yet. They show a higher voltage in the morning than the others did (with the same overnight demand) and seem to come up to full charge faster. The deal I got was very good as well using the BT discount. I got the full set of 4 for $1430 from ALCO including the transport to Charleville.
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Reply By: TRB60 - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 23:00

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 23:00

I have fitted 4 Concorde AGM batteries 4 months ago .These are made in USA and available through BP Solar nationaly or GEETEK in Geelong Victoria where I bought mine. They have a 2 year warranty and are used in Aircraft and solar power stations.The 120 A/H are the same size as the BT supplied rubbish I say that because I had 1 set under warranty after 1 year the terminals corroded due to leaking. The second set lost voltage after 2.5 years.These charge much quicker and have not got below 12.9 v even after a cloudy day. The panels show a higher charge up to 28 amps on a sunny day and soon reach 14.3 v. The cost was $440 each but I feel worth the extra cost They also sell Fullriver but say they are a far superior battery.

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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 01:38

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 01:38
We got the Full Rivers - yet to be tested out on the road. Steve Hemming pointed out to us that with freight they would cost us more than if we got them locally. We paid $1452 for four 110 a/h, picked up in Perth last November, before the Aussie dollar dive bombed.

Our three 'leaky' BT batteries were still working perfectly, even if they did need the bi-carb treatment every few days. With the new solar panels we wanted another battery, so went for a set of Full Rivers.


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Reply By: Uncle Dodgy - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 06:02

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 06:02
We have just replaced our 4 batteries with RITAR RA12-120S from the agent in Cairns at BT rates. So far couldn't be happier.
Hope to get the same service we had from the AC Delco that we had for 5 & Half years.
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Reply By: Tellem Bugrem - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 21:03

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 21:03
G'day Battery People,

Funeral arrngements are underway forour three gel-glass matt batteries (AGMs) which lasted just 3 years. Our original (June 02) Delco Batteries lasted 2 years and 10 months before we installed the Stg ultimate gel-glass matt batteries. Two leaked so badly that the terminals corroded off. They were 10 months old. Must have been 2 in 1,000. BTI replaced all three and guess what? They all leaked....thats 5 in 1,000. Anyway, the next three years of wiping the leak up every 3 or 4 weeks saw the batteries perform well.

So, it is time to go to Alco for the Fullriver batteries......or is it?

I have heard of new technology in Lithium Batteries....Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries and have found more on the web. Site Link.

They claim a 60Ah LiFePO4 Battery will perform as a 100Ah AGM battery, and will do over 2000 deep discharge cycles compared to an AGM battery's 300.

Three of the 80Ah LiFePO4 batteries will fit into the BT battery box in our van and each weighs in at only 16.5kg....20kg lighter than the AGMs. That's a carton of crownies and 4 bottles of wine.......per battery!

This is worth investigating... I have emailed for more details incuding price, and whether 2 x 120Ah batteries will do the job of 3 x 120Ah AGMs., or 3 x 80Ah LiFePO4's.

Should get an answer back in the next day or two so I'll keep you posted.

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Reply By: Tellem Bugrem - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 21:23

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 21:23
G'day all,

Ive just switched this topic onto the Owners Forum. More detsils on the LiFePO4 batteries, but the price of $3000 per battery will probably see an end to the discussion.

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