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Started by malvizzu, February 27, 2016, 14:22:15 CET

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malvizzu

After 7 years of usage, it's high time that I change the battery on my boat. I have been using an AC Delco 70amp which so far never gave me any trouble. Any suggestions as regards to a good, hassle free battery on the market? I was considering to buy another Delco but my car electrician told me that the new Delco batteries (now renamed Delfi I think) are not as half as good as the old Delcos. He suggested a Varta!
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The_Gaffer

Varta are very good, as well as the new Gel Batteries too. I personally use Exide on both boats, but that's just a matter of opinion.   However, Silv, for God's sake, getting 7 years service out of a battery for marine use is extraordinary to say the least. The normal service one gets from a battery used for marine purposes is between 4 and 5 years. 
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malvizzu

Thanks Joe for your opinion. It's true that my battery has been in use for 7 years and is still starting quite well, but to be honest I don't use the boat as much as some forum members here, including yourself. So that's why it might have given me more years  ;)

Are your Exide batteries marine grade or just normal ones? My Delco is only a normal one!
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baghira

I use optima....
I like them
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Destination Sea

Delfi, AC Delco etc are all derived from the old Lucas ,  remember them.. However I used VFM from Schembri no hassle what so ever after 5 years and changed it for the sole reason of age. Since they hadn't my requirement in stock I went for a varta. On the smaller boat I use Exide.
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malvizzu

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baghira

Exide orbital agm??

search online exide vs optima and you find various articles....
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skip

Varta AGM is what I run and very happy with them.

Moved away from Delco since they became Delphi.

Optima are good but expensive to buy. The key to keeping a battery healthy is investing in a good computer controlled multi-stage charger like a CTEK

malvizzu

Is Varta's agent Strand Marine?

Skip which CTEK are you referring to as there is quite a lot according to this link http://www.ctek.com/mt/en/chargers/12v ? The M45, M100, M200, M300 or any of the others?
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baghira

Lidl  ctek :-)
they do the job
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malvizzu

Pulling a leg Silv  ??? ;D
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baghira

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msell

how much are optima?

Destination Sea

Jien nahdem hekk. kif ntella nicchargja il battery full. kull xharejn ntija 4 siegha charge (xejn izjed) w qabel ma nnizzel wahda full. Qatt ma kellhi problemi.
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malvizzu

Jien normali nistartja l-mutur kull xahar izda anke gieli kull xahrejn ghax inkun instejt. Qabel ma nnizzel inqabba spotlight u nwaqqa' c-charge kollu u nerga' niccargja mill-gdid ghal 24 siegha. Qatt ma kelli problemi izda issa bdiet tghejja wara 7 snin.
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