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Battery has just gone down on one cell so needs replacing.  Moderate use off electric hook up and fitted with motor movers.  Any recommendations as to best brands at the moment.

 

 

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Many good ones to choose from and I guess you will get many suggestions.

 

Halford leisure batteries (Yuasa actually, it is said) are worth comparing with others 2 year warranty.

 

Other good batteries come with 5 year warranty, happy shopping.  :)

 

One thing that might be worth considering is that if you have to return a faulty battery by carrier then there are cases where the carriers refused to accept batteries. Worth a search on here or google it.

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In the tests the cc did, Banner was the only one named and was regarded the best. Expensive, VERY heavy (which is a good sign) but work and work well.

 

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Trojan are the best for leisure batteries; battery warranty isn't, if it's a two year warranty and you claim at the end of year one, what you get is a cash amount equal to half the value of the battery...

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Banner, Varta, Bosch.  A good rule of thumb for a given claimed Ah rating the heavier the better.   I currently have 2 x 90Ah  Varta lfb batteries fitted and I am happy with these for off grid use.  

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We have a Banner battery 4 years old now and not let us down, we had a Exide battery for 3 years and had 3 replacement battery's! 

 

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Been asked regularly.  Answers remain the same.  Search for previous threads. Check out local suppliers prices.

 

My last battery was a no name 110Ah job supplied 'free' by Norwich Caravans that lasted over 10 years with little real care.  Just regular charging, asap after using and every month or so over winter.

 

My replacement is a Yuasa brand, which was a distress purchase; but local battery specialist/car parts place was cheaper than the online suppliers!

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I'd buy a "No name" from Norwich! seems a great buy.

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If you are never off ehu and don’t use a motormover, then basically any old rubbish will do for a battery.  Off ehu it’s a different story.   What needs to be defined is how you Caravan. 

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Without a doubt I'd go for a EFB type, (enhanced flooded battery)

Have a look at alpha batteries at EFB one https://www.alpha-batteries.co.uk/12v-yuasa-100ah-efb-leisure-battery-l36-efb/  

Or the Halfords EFB (also by Alpha) https://www.halfords.com/motoring/bulbs-blades-batteries/leisure-batteries/halfords-leisure-battery-hlb700?request_type=bestseller

 

 

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First some questions, do you look after your battery, I know I don't really, it has been allowed to completely discharge not intentional however if you don't look after it then does not really matter what you buy.

 

Next is what is your car battery like, I had new battery fitted to car, then used car battery for the caravan.

 

Type does matter, I have a 75 Ah vented battery, which I am replacing with a 80 Ah VRLA or AGM which is larger in size but lower in weight and is claimed to need less charging, but change in my case is because it came off the car, so of the two batteries it is the best.

 

The question as far as I am concerned is if the voltage of the caravan charger is too high for the AGM battery? As to if worth buying a new AGM battery, not sure,  for leisure battery 80 Ah £85.84 and for AGM £115 it is a lot of extra money, and you don't need the extra cold crank amps, 270 amp is plenty for a motor mover.

 

The main thing is AGM batteries can be ordered to be delivered to your house, wet batteries you have to buy local, compare Exide with Yuasa is great if buying an AGM however if getting a wet battery it's down to what your local supplier has in stock, in my case either I pop into motor world or I drive some 40 miles (80 miles round trip) to Manchester Batteries (Tayna)  in Abergele where I know I will get a good one. But is it worth the drive?

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The problem with AGM batteries is that the van charging voltage is too low. Have a look at the graph below

 

Most batteries require about 14.4v to fully charge them, AGM tend to need 14.7-14.8 whereas most caravan chargers only give out around 13.6-13.8 which means that an AGM battery never gets fully charged and therefore slowly goes flat, sulphates the plates and suffers from reduced capacity. They don't generally last as long as an ordinary battery unless they are properly cared for.

 

I've always used no-name batteries for both my boat and my van and usually got around 7-8 years from them. My present Numax battery was fitted in 2011 and is still going strong.

 

The main thing is to never ever let them go flat, fully charge them after they've been discharged and ideally don't discharge them below about 50%. If you've got a multistage or smart charger then it's good to give them a refresher charge to 14.4 occasionally, especially over the winter. I dont leave the van plugged in all winter either.

 

In the end, paying twice as much wont get you a battery that lasts twice as long,

Battery-Chargers-2.jpg

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19 minutes ago, ericmark said:

First some questions, do you look after your battery, I know I don't really, it has been allowed to completely discharge not intentional however if you don't look after it then does not really matter what you buy.

 

Next is what is your car battery like, I had new battery fitted to car, then used car battery for the caravan.

 

Type does matter, I have a 75 Ah vented battery, which I am replacing with a 80 Ah VRLA or AGM which is larger in size but lower in weight and is claimed to need less charging, but change in my case is because it came off the car, so of the two batteries it is the best.

 

The question as far as I am concerned is if the voltage of the caravan charger is too high for the AGM battery? As to if worth buying a new AGM battery, not sure,  for leisure battery 80 Ah £85.84 and for AGM £115 it is a lot of extra money, and you don't need the extra cold crank amps, 270 amp is plenty for a motor mover.

 

The main thing is AGM batteries can be ordered to be delivered to your house, wet batteries you have to buy local, compare Exide with Yuasa is great if buying an AGM however if getting a wet battery it's down to what your local supplier has in stock, in my case either I pop into motor world or I drive some 40 miles (80 miles round trip) to Manchester Batteries (Tayna)  in Abergele where I know I will get a good one. But is it worth the drive?

You don't have to buy wet batteries locally Tayna and the likes deliver, and you can shop online just as for anything else. You will probably get the best price by shopping online.

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1 hour ago, ericmark said:

First some questions, do you look after your battery, I know I don't really, it has been allowed to completely discharge not intentional however if you don't look after it then does not really matter what you buy.

 

Next is what is your car battery like, I had new battery fitted to car, then used car battery for the caravan.

 

Type does matter, I have a 75 Ah vented battery, which I am replacing with a 80 Ah VRLA or AGM which is larger in size but lower in weight and is claimed to need less charging, but change in my case is because it came off the car, so of the two batteries it is the best.

 

The question as far as I am concerned is if the voltage of the caravan charger is too high for the AGM battery? As to if worth buying a new AGM battery, not sure,  for leisure battery 80 Ah £85.84 and for AGM £115 it is a lot of extra money, and you don't need the extra cold crank amps, 270 amp is plenty for a motor mover.

 

The main thing is AGM batteries can be ordered to be delivered to your house, wet batteries you have to buy local, compare Exide with Yuasa is great if buying an AGM however if getting a wet battery it's down to what your local supplier has in stock, in my case either I pop into motor world or I drive some 40 miles (80 miles round trip) to Manchester Batteries (Tayna)  in Abergele where I know I will get a good one. But is it worth the drive?

 

You don't have to buy wet batteries locally - Alpha, Tayna, etc will courier them to you - only a few carriers will take batteries though.

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I'm very happy with the service and the selection batteries offered by Tayna.  The last one I bought was for a classic car and was delivered the following day to my house as I ordered it before 4.00pm.

       John.

https://www.tayna.co.uk

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Google Tayna Batteries, I have bought three batteries from them, 24 hour delivery and have a host of makes on their list.

Banner IMO are one of the best but if you go for a Banner take accurate measurements as I had to return a 110 Ah as the battery was too big for the Battery Box, never thought of measuring before buying but you learn from your mistakes

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Many thanks for all the replies.  Battery has been well looked after whilst I've had it, never taken below about 50% and I use a CTek charger on a regular basis, especially after longish trips.  Difficulty is that the camper was a year old when I bought it and I don't know what state it was in when I got it.

 

Present battery is a fairly tight fit so I know not to go for anything bigger.   Have downloaded  lists of recommended batteries from the NCC website and will spend some time ringing around although Tayna is top of the list as I've dealt with them before (Classic Cars). 

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I'd take the results from the NCC with a pinch of salt, a large pinch. 

Have a look at this link from aandacaravanservices http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk/campaign-for-battery-change.php

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