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Unread 03-19-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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Question Why not marine batteries?

I've searched the term "marine battery" and all I can find is people telling other NOT to buy marine batteries with no real explanation as to why. I understand that the GC batteries are SUPPOSED to have more lead in them than marine batteries, but I've found 12 volt marine batteries that are 5lbs heavier then the Trojan T1275.

Now, don't suggest kits to me. I'm pricing batteries for a couple of golf courses and we're lucky to get 3-4 years out of our carts before replacing them (we buy used carts in good condition). Obviously, kits wouldn't be cost efficient for us.

If a marine battery is a deep cycle, wet flooded, 12 volt battery that's actually heavier than the Trojan T1275, what is it that makes it an unsuitable candidate for the golf cart? I'm not being argumentative. I need to understand so that I feel better about spending an extra $75 per battery when I have to buy enough for 10 carts right now.

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Unread 03-19-2011, 11:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why not marine batteries?

Marine batteries are a hybrid. Not a true deep cycle. They are a Cross between a starting battery and a true deep cycle battery.
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Unread 03-20-2011, 12:11 AM   #3
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Marine batteries are a hybrid. Not a true deep cycle. They are a Cross between a starting battery and a true deep cycle battery.
Thanks for the information. Now I notice that there is a "Hot Cranking Amps" rating on the battery I was looking at and that the trojan T125 has no rating listed for that.

10 years ago, this wouldn't have mattered, but with this economy we've got to cut costs everywhere we can . . . I've absolutely got to find an alternative that won't break the bank for these Precendents. I think he's ready to shoot himself for buying them last year!
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Unread 03-20-2011, 12:35 AM   #4
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Default Re: Why not marine batteries?

Certainly with that kind of buying power you can find a distributor to work with you?
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Unread 03-20-2011, 12:46 AM   #5
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Unfortunately, its unlikely your going to find an "alternative" to a true deep cycle golf cart battery. Going cheap usually means you'll replace them sooner rather than later. A good maintenance program will help more than anything.
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Unread 03-20-2011, 01:05 AM   #6
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Certainly with that kind of buying power you can find a distributor to work with you?
I'm hoping so . . . but he just hit me with this today and most distributors I've contacted won't be back in until Monday, so I've been looking at everything I can online. Learned a lot from this forum but not exactly finding decent prices.

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Unfortunately, its unlikely your going to find an "alternative" to a true deep cycle golf cart battery. Going cheap usually means you'll replace them sooner rather than later. A good maintenance program will help more than anything.
I'm sure that HE knows about maintenance but he's not exactly a great training coordinator, so I'm not sure that my cart guys know anything about it. I've found lots of help here and will be passing info on to my cart guys (and hope that they actually listen to a female).
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Unread 03-20-2011, 11:26 AM   #7
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Default Re: Why not marine batteries?

if your gonna buy good golf cart batts and there is someone at the GC who is gonna maintain them you should get more then 3 to 4 years out of them even with the use they get..........i am by no means a battery expert but i wouldn,t dare buy a deep cycle marine batt. and put in a golf cart to be used on a GC by doing that you,ll get less than a year out of them......i have seen it more times than enough, spend the money on good batteries and have the maintence people maintain them and the battery cables in the end you,ll save money and have a lot more happy golfers....................
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Unread 03-20-2011, 12:38 PM   #8
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if your gonna buy good golf cart batts and there is someone at the GC who is gonna maintain them you should get more then 3 to 4 years out of them even with the use they get..........i am by no means a battery expert but i wouldn,t dare buy a deep cycle marine batt. and put in a golf cart to be used on a GC by doing that you,ll get less than a year out of them......i have seen it more times than enough, spend the money on good batteries and have the maintence people maintain them and the battery cables in the end you,ll save money and have a lot more happy golfers....................
Thanks Shadowman. I explained the cranking amps to him and he immediately agreed that we don't want to waste money on batteries that we'll have to replace immediately.

I've got calls in to 2 local distributors (one can get Trojen or Deka and the other can get me Crown and US Battery). Hopefully they'll call me back with acceptable numbers tomorrow.
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Unread 03-20-2011, 01:18 PM   #9
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where are you located?


#1 trojen
#2 crown
#3 US battery
#4 a private name brand
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where are you located?


#1 trojen
#2 crown
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#4 a private name brand
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