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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]
Buccaneer
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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]
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Try Deka.
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