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    i have had good service from ac-delco , but i think the key to any battery is keeping them charged and up keep on them then i think any brand could be the best!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I sell tons of TM batteries, and maintenance IS the key. All of the name brands work good. I like the Deka, but that is a Ford/Chevy kinda thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CatFan View Post
    You nailed it. With good care, the cheapest set you can find will outlast and out perform the best batteries on the market.

    There are only a few battery manufacturers left, and most of them put a lot of different labels on the same battery. Trojan and Rolls really do make a better quality battery, but I don't think it's worth the extra money unless you are fishing for a living. Truthfully, you get better customer service out of Walmart than the high dollar places. I've heard stories about Rolls disassembling batteries and denying warranty claims because of excessive sulfation.

    It all comes down to maintenance and customer service from your dealer. Deka, Exide and Johnson Controls make the batteries that are in 99% of the boats on the water and cars on the road. Find a handy place to buy them where they will help you out if you have a warranty issue, and keep the batteries as close to full charge as possible at all times and you'll have good results.
    This info from cat fan is about as perfect and adequate answer for the reoccuring question of "Which battery to buy" as I have ever seen....

    I feel this single post would make a good "sticky" for anyone looking for help in purchasing new batteries....

    Would anyone else agree...??

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    I like Delco Voyagers. But like already said. Charge immediately after every use. You can't go wrong with an on-board charger. Did you every wonder who makes your favorie battery? Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List



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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnacle Bill View Post
    I like Delco Voyagers. But like already said. Charge immediately after every use. You can't go wrong with an on-board charger. Did you every wonder who makes your favorie battery? Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List

    That's a good list, but it's well out of date. It still shows Delphi as a manufacturer, and they sold out 5 years ago. The current version is Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List






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    Catfan is just showing off - using all that real information and data and stuff like that.

    I recommend Trojan 1st. The trouble is the cost. I bet if you calc'd cents per amp of service, you'd prolly find that the Wally speshuls outperform everything out there though, but I'm more interested in a good quality battery that will provide a few more than just a couple of years of service. That said, I cheaped out and went with a parts house battery because I was outfitting my current boat top to bottom and was short on funds at the time. If I had my good looks and Cane Pole's money, I'd go with the Trojans every time. But for now, I'm stuck with being pretty and having off brand batts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatFan View Post
    That's a good list, but it's well out of date. It still shows Delphi as a manufacturer, and they sold out 5 years ago. The current version is Battery Manufacturers and Brand Names List

    Those are the same lists. For some reason mine just starts a couple paragraphs down.

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    I just repalced a pair of BassPro deep cycle batteries that lasted me 7 years and like the rest said maintence is the key! I repalced all 3 batts inthe boat 2 weeks ago and went with AutoZone Duralast batteries due to the 3 year warranty. I had a walmart and it die just after a year and only had a year warranty. I check my batts every month on water level using only distilled water and always give them a full charge once i get home from the lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnacle Bill View Post
    Those are the same lists. For some reason mine just starts a couple paragraphs down.
    Okay, now that is weird. I looked at your link at work and saw the Delphi listing. It had 7 or 8 products listed under Delphi. Checked the one at BatteryFAQ, which is the source of the list, and it had the "See Johnson Controls" comment. But at home they are the same. I'll check again tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CatFan View Post
    Okay, now that is weird. I looked at your link at work and saw the Delphi listing. It had 7 or 8 products listed under Delphi. Checked the one at BatteryFAQ, which is the source of the list, and it had the "See Johnson Controls" comment. But at home they are the same. I'll check again tomorrow.
    Now they are the same for me at work. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.
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