Giant Deep Cycle AGM Batteries

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 04:09
ThreadID: 128759 Views:2406 Replies:8 FollowUps:4
This Thread has been Archived
I'm looking to replace my Batteries & wondering if anybody has had experience with "Giant" Brand or can recommend a good deal elsewhere.
Cheers Les
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Fugly - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:10

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:10
Hi L&J...

Just in the same hunt ourselves... thought I'd do a couple of searches at your instigation and came across this (overwhelming) link...

http://jgdarden.com/batteryfaq/batbrand.htm

...that provides a massive amount of info. It also has a "FAQ" link at...

http://jgdarden.com/batteryfaq/index.htm

...that is VERY informative to say the least.

There is info on the http://www.bushtrackerforum.com site that provides a great deal of info... "VOLTAGES AND WORRY FREE HELP, LIVING WITH 12V SYSTEMS.." at...

http://www.bushtrackerforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=133&highlight=battery+type

...that is a mountain of info.

We have not made our decision yet but will try and keep you informed as we go!!!

Also, "ALCO Battery Sales" (on the right hand column) are sponsors, and it would be worth a chat with them too!


Regards,


Craig (& Jan)


Alias... Fugly
AnswerID: 585903

Follow Up By: Fugly - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:25

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:25
...PS...

I am no expert... just did a search, and found the links...

Found it all of value and passed it on.

Regards,

Craig
0
FollowupID: 855139

Reply By: Les N Sally - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:35

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:35
Hi Craig & thank you for your input. To date I have not been able to find an alternate that comes close in respect of price/performance. Tthis is the link
http://www.aussiebatteriessolar.com.au/
AnswerID: 585904

Reply By: Fugly - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:45

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 06:45
Thanks Les,

Having a look too. Seeing my Brother In Law on Tues 11th at a specialised Caravan Repair place and will run it by them as well. I believe there is some "give and take" about batteries and price versus quality....don't quite know what the answer really should be!!!... Damn!!!

I will try to pass on what my BIL has to say.

Regards.

Craig
AnswerID: 585905

Reply By: Les N Sally - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 03:16

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 03:16
I bit the bullet 4-150 ah DC 12 yr build -delivered inc Insurance $1207- 5 year warranty...hard to beat!
Cheers Les
AnswerID: 585906

Reply By: Gazbo - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 20:13

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 20:13
Hi Les
Did you finish up going with the "Giant" brand or a different brand and where did you source them from?
Wondering what experiences other owners have had over longer time frames with various brands and sizes they have installed and what they have done to prolong the life of their batteries.
I currently have Absorbed Power GT-100C batteries which have only lasted 3.5 years.

Regards Gazbo
AnswerID: 585907

Reply By: surfy53 - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 08:40

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 08:40
BT are now using the Discover batteries supplied by Alco.
I am in Darwin awaiting for two that I ordered from Alco in Adelaide.
Chris.
AnswerID: 585908

Follow Up By: Les & Pamela - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 02:46

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 02:46
I believe the best batteries on the market are Sonnenschein gel. They're ideal for solar use, and have an average life of 9-10 years. I've put 200Ah ones into our van (and two 65Ah ones in the Toyota).
0
FollowupID: 855140

Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 07:14

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 07:14
Chris,
A friend of ours bought 4 new Discover Batteries from BTi back in June/July just before they headed to Borroloola area for a month's fishing. By the time they got to Central Australia in September for the muster they had major problems with the batteries.

It appears that all 4 batteries are stuffed. BTi sell them to you but are not interested in replacing them on warranty, they just tell you to go to the manufacturer.

If this is typical of Discover Batteries then I think that you need to be very wary of them.

While in Super Cheap today the customer in front of me was just purchasing a car battery and the checkout man said, just keep your receipt and if you have a problem return it to any of our stores and we will replace it during the 12 month warranty period.

Super Cheap are just like BTi and selling batteries on behalf of manufacturers but what a difference there is when it comes to warranty issues.

I bought my batteries from Sponsor Eniquest (Watts2c) and I am very happy with them.

Brian
Enjoying the friendship of BOG members

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 855141

Reply By: surfy53 - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 03:27

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 03:27
OK, that's good, but what really happened to those Four Discover batts to bring on such an early demise. I'm not so sure it is the batteries, there are too many failing in the early stages. What kind of roads were they on and how slow were they going.
There is an underlying problem here and it needs sorting quick smart. How about a faulty charger stuck on "boost" or even the Sol/Reg. Check the solar panels junction box on the roof for corrosion. I don' know..............
Chris.
AnswerID: 585909

Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 06:54

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 06:54
Chris,

The entire system was checked by BTi when batteries were fitted and all OK.
The roads travelled were rough but other BT's didn't have a problem.

The Regulator and Charger were removed from van and sent away for checking after they returned home but they have been lost in the post before arriving at manufacturer.

It would appear that one battery had a fault, probably a plate dropping off and shorting out that battery. This then progressively damaged the remaining batteries as the owners didn't know what or where the problem was.

Brian
Enjoying the friendship of BOG members

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 855142

Reply By: surfy53 - Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 07:17

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 07:17
Yeah, that is what usually happens, the crook batt drags down the rest of them and when you relies what is happening it's too late....there're all stuffed.
Pity about the other gear getting lost in the post.
Chris.
AnswerID: 585910

Our Sponsors