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#1422957 - 07/25/09 08:24 PM Trolling motor batteries
7mm08
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Got to get some new ones.

Any suggestions? I will need two.

Anybody got the gel technology ones? Are they more difficult to charge?

Thanks and tight lines!
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#1422985 - 07/25/09 08:36 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: 7mm08]
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7mm - I replaced mine this year. I got three years out of a set of Interstate series 27 wet cell batteries. I went with the "Energizer" from Johnson Controls at Sams Club. I spent a lot of time doing some reasearch at http://www.bassboatcentral.com and made a decision based on cost. So far, been happy.
As for the charging question, its all about what kind of charger you have. A typical on board unit is designed to handle the gel or glass matt type battery.

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#1423049 - 07/25/09 09:14 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: Buccaneer]
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I went to the battery store across from Dicks Sporting Goods and I think the name of the battery is Werker. It's a deep cycle battery and I have had it 4 years and it is still going strong. I run my 40# thrust Minn Kota 8-10 hours and it still has plenty of juice at the end of the day. It cost $65 when I bought it.
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#1423456 - 07/26/09 09:19 AM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: Model70Man]
rukiddin?
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I just go to wal mart and get the marine batteries. I have a 24 volt troller and usually they will never last me through the warranty period, so it's convenient to me, when one goes out, just run by the wally world and get a free new one! I just keep the receipts and be sure they punch the date on the battery. works for me
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#1425008 - 07/27/09 10:23 AM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: rukiddin?]
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I have to be honest. I have been buying trolling motor batteries for over 40 years. I have yet to find one that is any better than another as long as you get a deep cycle one designed for trolling motors. I now pay $35 for my batteries and get 3-4 years out of them. The key is maintainance.
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#1425022 - 07/27/09 10:32 AM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: rukiddin?]
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 Originally Posted By: rukiddin?
I just go to wal mart and get the marine batteries. I have a 24 volt troller and usually they will never last me through the warranty period, so it's convenient to me, when one goes out, just run by the wally world and get a free new one! I just keep the receipts and be sure they punch the date on the battery. works for me



The only problem with that approach is that it will fail you at the worst times, like in the middle of your 1 week fishing trip when you are about an hour from the nearest Wal Mart. By the time you drive into town, drive back and install it, you have wasted half of your day. My point being a higher quality battery will give you longer and better service, the 20-30 dollars more in cost is well worth it in the long run.
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#1425281 - 07/27/09 01:57 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: Kimberman]
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
 Originally Posted By: rukiddin?
I just go to wal mart and get the marine batteries. I have a 24 volt troller and usually they will never last me through the warranty period, so it's convenient to me, when one goes out, just run by the wally world and get a free new one! I just keep the receipts and be sure they punch the date on the battery. works for me



The only problem with that approach is that it will fail you at the worst times, like in the middle of your 1 week fishing trip when you are about an hour from the nearest Wal Mart. By the time you drive into town, drive back and install it, you have wasted half of your day. My point being a higher quality battery will give you longer and better service, the 20-30 dollars more in cost is well worth it in the long run.


I'm sure that is true however I have found that when a battery goes dead, no matter what it costs, it is dead. I have had $150 dollar batteries that went just as dead, just as quick as $35 batteries. No battery ever goes dead until you get on the best bank of the lake. \:\)
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#1425504 - 07/27/09 04:35 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: bowriter]
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i have walmart deep cycles seems to work just as well...stay away from autozone battery!
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#1425506 - 07/27/09 04:36 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: bowriter]
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Most brand of batteries are made by the same company. The heavier the wet cell marine battery, the longer a charge should last. I agree with bowriter, maintainance is the key to a long life of a battery. In twenty years of fishing, 52 weeks a year, I very seldom have a battery last less than 5 years. Keep them charged and keep the water checked.
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#1425747 - 07/27/09 07:31 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: 7mm08]
stratos195
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Try Deka.
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#1426037 - 07/27/09 09:16 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: stratos195]
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Thanks for all the imput. I have a 96 Key West flats boat.

I have a triple bank charger. Two @ 5A going to the trolling motor batteries and one 2A going to my ACC (and backup) battery. I will individually charge the starting motor battery from time to time.
So I have 4 batteries on board. A little paranoid about going out into a big bay/low country, or big lake around here and not having enough juice to get me home.

I don't have on deck charging capability.

My Wally Worlds are right at 3 years old. I could have done better watching the water. I did let one go down on water before I got off my lazy butt and looked at it. I normally plug them in overnight. Too much, too little? Other battery tricks there Bowriter?

Thanks again for the help. Any suggestions would be welcomed in my current arrangement. I am currently running three batteries under the seat and one in the back(starter). I am going to transfer thet trolling ones up front to displace some weight since my big butt adds additional weight to the stern. I have hydraulic trim tabs so it jumps up on plane in about 10ft. despite the weight.


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#1426098 - 07/27/09 09:51 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: 7mm08]
TNDeerGuy
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I have Optima batteries on my boat and love and trust them. They are expensive, but very well worth it IMO. Mine are 4 years old and I can fish and troll hard for two days without recharging before they need to be recharged.
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#1426476 - 07/28/09 08:10 AM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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the walmart batteries have served me well. i got 6 years out of the last one and am on the 5th year for the current one.lasts all day bowfishing where you are constantly on the trolling motor on high or 2 days or more of just fishing with it in the mid-ranges. slow charge them for 16-24 hrs.
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#1426717 - 07/28/09 10:25 AM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: stik]
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I have tried lots of different batteries but the high end A/C Delco have been the best at lasting and run time.
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#1427546 - 07/28/09 06:20 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: BGobbler]
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Wish you'd post last week. I just give a good deep cycle away to neighbor. I traded up from a 1760 Key West to my 2360 Sailfish boat and it has 4 batteries and didn't need the other. Sorry brother. Check AutoZone. they had a sale the other day. Not sure if still going on.
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#1427608 - 07/28/09 06:52 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: Asaltwpn1]
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Can't believe someone is as crazy as me to own a flats boat in TN, or did you just keep it in Juniper! What year was yours, and did you have all four batteries in the back or split 2 & 2 bow and stern?

How was the tarpon run this year around Juniper. I originally bought the boat to learn how to tarpon fish, but have been stuck on the redfish and seatrout since I got it. It is just about, I hope, with all kinks worked out now to take to FL sometime for some snook and tarpon.
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#1429385 - 07/29/09 03:30 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: 7mm08]
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Interesting. I went to Orange Beach w/ the family this summer & was thinking about taking my boat this fall or at least next year. I'll have to look you guys up for some advice on redfish & trout. Thanks for the battery thread it's about time for some new ones.
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#1430783 - 07/30/09 09:20 AM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: DoubleDeuce]
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AsaltWPN1 - Jupiter High School graduate here, class of 1978. Amazingly small world. When I moved to this area 11 years ago I sold my flats boat figuring to go with a bassboat. Wish I had it still, it would be useful. Then again I love my Stratos. I really looked hard at the dual purpose boats since I still have in-laws in Destin.
I have not been back to Jupiter, other than to bury parents, since I left. I can't stand to see the way it is now as compared to the paradise it was when I was a kid. My parents never went to the freezer to find it empty of fresh snook, redfish, stone crabs or lobster. I miss that more than you know.

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#1432430 - 07/30/09 10:12 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: Buccaneer]
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Hey Buccaneer and 7mm08, Yes Jupiter is changing. I was only there for a few yrs and now prob here for good. Got a grandson up here now. I miss my small boat too but wife said she was tired being off-shore 20 miles in a 17 fter. I saw no problem though. Well maybe in 4-6's, depending on the winds. Now I'm up here with this big twin engine running around. I bought it in Orange color, so I just change flags, Gator or UT, depending on where I am. People can be just right mean when I throw up the wrong flag!!! Wife says I do it as a conversation piece.lol Sure miss chasing the phins and cobia off Jupiter. Going in few weeks and taking boat maybe permit and cobia are hitting. If you guys around Tim's look me up.
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#1433535 - 07/31/09 12:23 PM Re: Trolling motor batteries [Re: Asaltwpn1]
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Asalt - Keep flyin' the Gator flag. It drives my neighbors wild. However I will admit I had to get some UT garb since my youngest son went through ROTC there and graduated last year. Got us a new 2nd LT Airborne Ranger on his way to the 2nd Batallion 503rd Infantry in Vicenza Italy. The Older son went Marines, currently at Quantico as an SS School instructor. Semper Fi, enjoy your trip to FLorida. If I ever land my dream job at the JD Distillery, I'll meet you on Tim's!
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