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I am getting my van ready for off in a couple of weeks, I have a small solar panel which keeps my battery topped up when in store. Its normal for it to show a charge of 13 but was down to 12. I have a big van and cannot risk the motor  mover not working, not sure how old the battery is, 3 may be 4 years old.

 

I bought a new battery from  autocarpartrus on Ebay, they have lots of sales. I am concerned that the new battery has rounded ends, see photo. It only just fits into the battery box in my 2011 Coachman Pastiche. 

 

Thanks,

 

Fortyfoot

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I would get that checked. The last battery I had that looked like that, had a defective cell.

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Get it tested at Halfords or similar.  Voltage is too low.  That bulge looks bad.

 

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That's not normal.  I'd be concerned that the case could rupture and spill/squirt sulphuric acid everywhere.

 

But I'm confused - you Talk about a battery being 3-4 years old, then Talk being new.  Which is it?

 

If new, I'd be speaking with the supplier.

 

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My old battery was reading 12 and was not out of shape, the new battery which read 13 was the one bulging at both ends.

 

I have sent the pics to the supplier -    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-110AH-LEISURE-BATTERY-HEAVY-DUTY-LOW-HEIGHT-100-AH-AMP-110-AMP-DUAL-PURP/301581095653?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

 

I await the supplier's reply. Thanks for all your advice.

 

Fortyfoot 

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Deffo battery is seriously damaged...

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Perhaps that is what they mean when they label the battery "Expanded Metal Technology" 😊

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If you need a new battery always buy a known brand. Bosch, Yuasa and Varta are probably the best. The Halfords leisure batteries are badged Yuasa.

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33 minutes ago, Woodentop said:

If you need a new battery always buy a known brand. Bosch, Yuasa and Varta are probably the best. The Halfords leisure batteries are badged Yuasa.

 

Hmmm.... Yuasa had a run of batteries where cells shorted... I'd rather buy  from a good retailer (i.e. where the staff know their stuff) and a lesser known make which will undoubtedly be cheaper than Halfords...

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2 hours ago, Guzzilazz said:

 

Hmmm.... Yuasa had a run of batteries where cells shorted... I'd rather buy  from a good retailer (i.e. where the staff know their stuff) and a lesser known make which will undoubtedly be cheaper than Halfords...

 

What's the source of your information ?

I've bought two Halfords Yuasa AGM batteries in the last year and they are perfect. They aren't so expensive if you have access to a Trade Card.

 

 

6 hours ago, Fortyfoot said:

My old battery was reading 12 and was not out of shape, the new battery which read 13 was the one bulging at both ends.

 

I have sent the pics to the supplier -    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-110AH-LEISURE-BATTERY-HEAVY-DUTY-LOW-HEIGHT-100-AH-AMP-110-AMP-DUAL-PURP/301581095653?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

 

I await the supplier's reply. Thanks for all your advice.

 

Fortyfoot 

 

Looking at some of the feedback for that eBay seller I wouldn't touch them with the proverbial barge pole.

Better to go for reputable suppliers like Tayna and select a quality battery brand like Exide, Varta, Banner, Yuasa etc.

It will cost twice what you paid for that dodgy battery from eBay but it should last at least five years which works out at about 50p per week.

Good luck with your eBay/Paypal punch up. :)

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I've never heard anything but good reports on Yuasa batteries, my next battery will be a Yuasa EFB :)

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The Yuasa shorting problem was fairly prevalent on smaller batteries resulting in completely random battery failures about 8 years ago... 

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New batteries sent by courier generally have plugs in the vent holes to prevent acid spillage if they are not kept upright.  These plugs must be removed asap after delivery because the vents are to release excess pressure during subsequent use. Are you sure you have removed the plugs?  I'm not sure that red thing at the top of your first picture is not such a plug. If you have not, and remove them now, wear face and hand protection because acid could squirt out.

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13 hours ago, Bolingbroke said:

New batteries sent by courier generally have plugs in the vent holes to prevent acid spillage if they are not kept upright.  These plugs must be removed asap after delivery because the vents are to release excess pressure during subsequent use. Are you sure you have removed the plugs?  I'm not sure that red thing at the top of your first picture is not such a plug. If you have not, and remove them now, wear face and hand protection because acid could squirt out.

Thanks for that Bolingbroke, my fault I had not removed them!! Thank you every one else for keeping this old codger going.

 

Fortyfoot

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16 hours ago, Paul_B said:

I've never heard anything but good reports on Yuasa batteries, my next battery will be a Yuasa EFB :)

I have just ordered this Yuasa L36-EFB 100 Ah battery from Alpha Batteries.

 

https://www.alpha-batteries.co.uk/leisure-batteries/?ab_brand=564

 

3 year guarantee. £119.99 incl delivery, but I mentioned  http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk

who had recommended the Yuasa, and I was given a £5 reduction and a "free" vent pipe. Normally £2.99.

 

Well worth having a look at  http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk

as they have done quite a bit of testing on batteries.

Also good info on the North Wales coats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, wigandiver said:

I have just ordered this Yuasa L36-EFB 100 Ah battery from Alpha Batteries.

 

https://www.alpha-batteries.co.uk/leisure-batteries/?ab_brand=564

 

3 year guarantee. £119.99 incl delivery, but I mentioned  http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk

who had recommended the Yuasa, and I was given a £5 reduction and a "free" vent pipe. Normally £2.99.

 

Well worth having a look at  http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk

as they have done quite a bit of testing on batteries.

Also good info on the North Wales coats.

 

Allan has a lot on his mind at the moment and I wish him well, I hope someone can carry on his good work with battery labeling :)

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