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Old 09-15-2016, 10:21 AM   #11
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We are new to the A-Frame world and I too had these same questions, here is what I learned.


There has been a bunch of consolidation in the battery industry. I have had Optima batteries in the past and thought highly of them. Sadly Optima was bought by Johnson Controls, which move their production to Mexico and the quality suffered and has never improved. A local vendor said he receives more warranty issues with Optima than any other battery.


AGM batteries have higher CCA compared to a wet cell or flooded battery, but that's not what you are looking for in a camper battery. Amp Hours is what you want, and it's just not possible to get the amp hrs out of a AGM battery that you can out of 2 6V flooded batteries. The cost per amp hr makes the flooded or traditional batteries the best choice in my opinion.


I think what less understood is how you should charge your batteries...I really didn't know much beyond plugging them into a trickle charger. I found an article that does a great job explaining solar and charging. I found it very helpful and as a result I'm comfortable with my solar charging system maintaining my battery all year round, even while in storage for the winter.


I think it's worth a read!

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/...ging-puzzle-2/
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:10 PM   #12
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Agm vs flooded cells.vs twin 6 volters...for me, this is an owners choice...and will never be agreed upon.
So if your happy and you know it ....clap your hands....
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:23 PM   #13
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You bet...there are arguments for both. For me, I was surprised at the break down in cost per amp hour, and the over all lack of a high quality 12V deep cycle battery, that's why I went dual 6V deep cycle.

Battery technology is getting better every day...I can't wait to see what the future holds!
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:10 PM   #14
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Battery technology is getting better every day...I can't wait to see what the future holds!
Electrons are very very small and don't weigh much. Like subatomic small. It's a wonder we can't store more of them in a the space allotted on a camper. Maybe one day.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:16 PM   #15
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Just gotta wait for Matter-Antimatter reactors.................


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Of course, then everyone will weigh in on which brand of DiLithium Chrystals is best.
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All five of my batteries are Interstate group 31AGMs as they don't produce hydrogen gas and three are inside under the dinette seats. I'm full solar and they work fine for me. I can't have gas producing batteries inside as the gas will corrode the aluminum and is explosive. Since I have a 5,000 watt inverter, gas is not an option! I paid a lot for them, but I got what I paid for.
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I'm partial to crystals from LeForge Dilithium Mining and Processing. But I have had good experience with both Tucker and Torres brand crystals, in a pinch. Scotty's are a bit histrionic for me.
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Electrons are very very small and don't weigh much. Like subatomic small. It's a wonder we can't store more of them in a the space allotted on a camper.
Yeah, but the issue with electrons is they are negatively charged, so when you group them together, they repulse each other. That's why you must keep them with protons and neutrons to keep the charge neutral. And those take space...



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Yeah, but the issue with electrons is they are negatively charged, so when you group them together, they repulse each other. That's why you must keep them with protons and neutrons to keep the charge neutral. And those take space...



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