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Old 03-10-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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Battery Brand?

Greeetings - I need to replace my group 31 deep cycle battery and am wondering if anyone has come across a brand that is worthy of recommend.

FWIW, I'm not interested in swithcing to 2 x 6V or AGM. I just want to replace my single group 31 flooded. My current battery is a UAP/NAPA and I haven't been impressed.

I'm reading positive (no pun intended) reviews on East Penn, Deka models.

Thanks.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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I'm reading positive (no pun intended) reviews on East Penn, Deka models.

Thanks.
You can add Trojan to that list.

I've heard good things about their 31XHS 12 volt (130Ah).
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:55 PM   #3
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Odyssey batteries are the best. Pricey, but very high quality. (I should know, I used to work in the lead industry)

Deka and East Penn also make very very good quality batteries as well. Autozone Duralast gold tops are really good batteries as well, and priced right. Made by Johnson Controls.

Avoid at all cost imported "Chinese" batteries. The quality of the lead they use in the grids and paste is rather poor.

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I'm with Triguy on the Trojan. I have the T-1275 12v at 150 amp hr rate. A little pricey but has thick, heavy plates and weighs in at 82+ lbs. This and LED lighting did wonders for my off grid camping last season.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:38 PM   #5
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If you are looking for a general purpose deep cycle batt you cant go wrong with the Exide group 27 at menards. Just by there this weekend and they were 56.00 each.

I went with 2 of these last season to give my race track trips a little more reserve over the single group 24 dual purpose.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:45 PM   #6
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Deka

I don't have any science for my choice, but my father retired from Book of the Month Club where he kept the lift trucks running. He tried various brands and swore by Deka. The best value isn't always the cheapest. So because Dad knows best I've never used anything else and have never had an issue with my vehicles over the past 27 years.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:38 AM   #7
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Thanks to all for your comments.

Although Trojan & Odessey are distributed in southern Ontario, the dealers are over an hour away from home. Too bad, based on the comments here both are worthy of consideration.

East Penn, Canada's head office is about 15 minutes from home......I may wind up with a Deka.

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I have a 130 amp Trojan that is a great battery.
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East Penn produces under a number of brands...they have an EXCELLENT deep cycle group 31 wet cell...BUT...they also have a dual purpose group31 which looks identical but is NOT the same. Regardless of the brand of east penn you buy...only get models which start with DC for deep cycle. DC31 would be a group31 deep cycle.
They also have a brand of wet deep cycles under the marine master brand...if you can't find a deka DC in the auto stores...check the marine stores!
You can't go wrong with a Trojan...but the East Penns are excellent and provide good value in a true deep cycle battery compared to some of the other brands.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:38 PM   #10
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Anyone use interstate batteries? That is what our dealer put on our new 2014 233s? Hoping it holds up well.
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