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    Oreilly auto parts also has a good deep cycle. I have bought group 24 27 and 31 all from them and had great luck.

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    I had a AC Delco Voyager that lasted 10 years. Took it in out of the exteme cold every winter. Thats about all the special care I gave it.

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    Had 2 Everstart batteries from WalMart that I changed out last month. 1 had a 2005 sticker on ot and the other one was bought on 2002. they were the big trolling batteries and they worked really well.

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    Have had 3 Delco Voyagers and all 3 went 7 years a piece. That told me all I need to know.CF
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    I am a Delco Voyager man. Never add water. If you use a battery much you will have to add water otfen. I am forgetful. Always had good results with Delco, maybe 30 years. I just charge it as soon as I can and forget it.
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    I have had good luck with deka's but if it aing broke dont fix it right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    I am a Delco Voyager man. Never add water. If you use a battery much you will have to add water otfen. I am forgetful. Always had good results with Delco, maybe 30 years. I just charge it as soon as I can and forget it.
    Been a while since you've bought one then. They are no longer maintenance free.

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    Catfan, You can buy them at Bobcats, I was told that many complain so they started back making them maintance free. Yes its been 4 years since Ibought them but they are still good.
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    Delco has been out of the battery business since 2005. Johnson Controls bought the facilities and the rights to the Delco name on batteries from Delphi and ran the factory for a year or two making a lot of JC labelled batteries in the same case as the Delco, then consolidated production into existing JC factories where they become non-sealed.

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    Recently did quite a bit of research on this. Because my trolling motor batteries (3 of them-36 volt system) sit under a rod locker and I don't want to worry about maintenance (ever), I decided on AGM batteries. I also wanted the biggest I could get in the boat, which meant group 31's. Of the AGM batteries, I like 4 of them--Lifeline (GPL 31T), Discover (EV31A-A), Trojan (31-AGM), and Deka (8A31DT). Here's where it gets interesting. The Discover seems to have the largest reserve capacity (235 minutes, 114 amp hours), followed by the Deka (200 minutes, 105 amp hours), Lifeline (195 minutes, 105 amp hours), and Trojan (177 minutes, 100 amp hours). It's also the most expensive, running about $385 a battery. I eliminated the Trojans--just not enough battery for the money. The Lifeline and Deka's run about the same amount--280-300, with the Deka's slightly more expensive. In the end, I decided on the Dekas--good combination of price and reserve capacity, and the Deka's seem to have a great reputation--manufactured in the US too. However, the Lifeline was recommended to me by a guy who sells chargers for a living--pretty strong case. You can get both batteries delivered to your house from on-line suppliers for about 330-340. Given that they both weigh about 69 pounds, gives you some idea of shipping costs if you can't find them locally and can't live without them!

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