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Unread 06-28-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
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I know I'm probably opening a can of worms here, but that's ok, I want everybody's opinions.

My 2004 CC has it's original (6 @ 8v) Trojans. I want to replace them. I had just assumed I would replace them with new Trojans, but I've discovered there isnt a Trojan dealer within 100 miles of where I live.

So.....if I decide not to drive the 100+ miles to buy the Trojans, what is another good brand. I want something good that will last. I really would like gel or maint. free batteries if possible.

I know nothing about quality battery brands. I understand that Trojan is supposedly one of the best, but what are some other good ones? Optima, Interstate?

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Unread 06-28-2009, 04:08 PM   #2
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make the drive

it will be worth it

gel bats are expensive and hard to find
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Unread 06-28-2009, 06:14 PM   #3
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Call the dealer and tell him you would like to buy 6 new trojan batteries but would he consider a discount due to your long drive. If he says no--Go ahead and drive the 100 miles. Don't go for cheap. Good Gels will average at least $50/60 more with top of the line running at $200 per.
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Don't think you would want to use gel batteries, they take special charging requirements to prevent the gel from drying out and cracking. Once that happens they are toast and it happens very easily. Not too mention they just will not last near as long as Flooded Lead Acid.
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Unread 06-28-2009, 07:23 PM   #5
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Would agree that Gels take a slower charging rate than Lead-Acid. Most chargers can be modified to charge slower. I would disagree that they won't last as long. Most Lead Acids conk out due to improper mntce. With the Gels this is a non-issue. They appear to last as long or longer than the lead acid as well.The Lead acid Battery has been around for 100+years but the newer Gels are a good fit for any use provided you want to pay the additional cost. If they are good enough for NASA(where price is no object) they are good enough for me (where price is an object). I have 6X12v Gels in my Gem Car with modified on-board charger. What a treat to look in that battery compartment and see everything clean and dry.
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Would agree that Gels take a slower charging rate than Lead-Acid. Most chargers can be modified to charge slower.
Not only slower rate of C/20, but also lower voltage of 2/10 ths of a volt per cell or 3.6 volts lower in a 36 volt system and 4.8 in a 48 volt system.


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If they are good enough for NASA, they are good enough for me (where price is an object). I have 6X12v Gels in my Gem Car with modified on-board charger. What a treat to look in that battery compartment and see everything clean and dry.
The only advantage of Gel Cells is that it is impossible to spill acid even if the case is ruptured or installed in positions other than up right like upside down.. That is why NASA and aircraft use them.

If you are going to spend that kind of money, then AGM would be the choice as they have the advantages of a gel, but none of the disadvantages.
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