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Old 06-29-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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Amazingly pleased with the battery life

I always read about general issues and complaints in forums but I have something positive to say ... I am amazingly pleased with the battery life on my 2014.5 ext! I mistakenly left the bathroom light on for four days and discovered today when I went to move my AI this evening. ( I have a habit of moving her at least once a week even if I am not taking her out for a trip ) For four days the bathroom light and the isle lights were on but my battery was still at 95% when I checked it. Probably has to do with the fact that they are LED but I still think it's pretty cool

Everything is locked down and turned off now ☺️
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:55 PM   #2
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Plus you have the solar panel that will keep the battery charged up pretty well with light loads like the LED lights.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:09 AM   #3
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Jackie - I agree with 73shark about solar. My 2013 AI only had a 50 watt solar panel. It was not enough to keep batteries charged where I parked behind my townhouse since it only got a few hours of direct sunlight. With the 400 watts of solar I installed the batteries stay charged even when I leave the fan on to keep inside temp down. Your AI has a 100 watt panel as I recall and that should keep batteries close to fully charged even with an LED light on. Solar is such a good thing that I think Airstream should add even more.


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Old 06-30-2015, 08:42 AM   #4
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I agree with all the above. And even with my paltry 50 watt panel, in the direct sun here in Arizona I can run the fridge and the Maxxair fan, and the batteries don't go below 85%.


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Old 06-30-2015, 02:05 PM   #5
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Battery Life

I know the Golf Cart battery's lead plates are four times thicker that a Marine Deep Cycle battery. Therefore the perform better.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:34 PM   #6
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Does anyone know how Optima AGMs compare to Lifelines?
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:40 PM   #7
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FWIW 2014.5 has 50W solar
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:46 PM   #8
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My 2014.5 has a 100W panel and it does a pretty good job keeping things charged up as long as I have the master power switch off. If I have the refrigerator on along with the parasitic draw, we usually get one night and two days before we need to drive again and charge up the batteries.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:28 PM   #9
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I suppose that is possible if it was a late model run. Airstream increased solar to 100w with the 2015 models.
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Old 07-01-2015, 05:46 PM   #10
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I just used a 100w solar suitcase last weekend. My 07 AI only has one wet cell. We were able to go 3 full days which included daily use of the vent fan, night lighting, cpap, and even some music. The Alpine stereo with amplifier is my largest energy hog.
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I always read about general issues and complaints in forums but I have something positive to say ... I am amazingly pleased with the battery life on my 2014.5 ext! I mistakenly left the bathroom light on for four days and discovered today when I went to move my AI this evening. ( I have a habit of moving her at least once a week even if I am not taking her out for a trip ) For four days the bathroom light and the isle lights were on but my battery was still at 95% when I checked it. Probably has to do with the fact that they are LED but I still think it's pretty cool

Everything is locked down and turned off now ☺️
Shame on you! I'm shocked. You left the bathroom light on. I leave it on accidentally a lot, even more than the water pump switch (if you can believe that). Welcome to the leave-the-bathroom-light-switch-on club! That's why we upgraded our 2013 Rear Lounge to 100 watts...just for the bathroom switch.
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Old 07-01-2015, 07:02 PM   #12
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I have a 14 AI with the 50w panel. How difficult (& costly) would it be to upgrade to the 100w panel that comes on the 15's?
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Does anyone know how Optima AGMs compare to Lifelines?
I have a Safari 30 with two 160w panels. First four years I used the blue top optimas with good luck. I have always had great luck with them in my vehicles for starting batteries with getting at least 5 years out of them here in hot Texas.

Then i put two large 6volt Lifelines in and wow what a difference! It all comes down to amp hours...! I could live off solar totally if I had too with the Lifelines. Only drawback is weight and size but I relocated them to the interior aft of the axles so now I have a place for storage where the old batteries went.
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Do a careful search on Optima performance reviews. More recent ones on Amazon and different places are reporting a drastic drop in quality from what used to be available. The company apparently sold out for cheaper manufacturing.
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