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Old 05-14-2007, 07:33 PM   #1
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AGM Batteries?

A while back there was lots of talk about AGM batteries, now I dont see much about them at all. Has opinion turned agaist them? Also, is it just me or are they heavier than normal batteries?
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:18 PM   #2
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Yes, they are heavier by a few pounds, but they last longer, and don't require the maintenance of a standard lead acid battery. There are a few "special" things about them, but a deep cycle battery I don't have to mess with is a good thing.
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Rodney,

My 2008 Safari SE came with a solar charging panel and two AGM batteries. So far the solar panel and the batteries are working better than I expected. We are going camping twice in the next few weeks and then a longer trip later in the summer so we will get a better picture of how they work.

The batteries in my trialer are Lifeline and their web page here, Lifeline Marine Batteries - AGM Marine Battery & AGM RV Battery, has an impressive amount of information on the use of the batteries in aircraft and marine use, they have a very low danger of spilling acid and can even be installed on their side.
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Rodney,

Check out the Lifeline web site at Lifeline Marine Batteries - AGM Marine Battery & AGM RV Battery and get all of the pertinent info. I highly recommend them, especially a pair of 6VDC golf cart batteries in series like I have in my CCD. Lot's of reasons. PM me for more info.
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My trailer came with them. They are included with the solar panel upgrade. They have been trouble free.
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One of the many ongoing debates I am having with myself is battery capacity versus weight, espically when I have a generator to recharge with. If I go with heavier batteries I will probally need to move them forward from the compartment in the rear.
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Rodney,
I don't think they weigh a lot more. As Lew said check the web site for the full spec. I think they work great. We also have the solar option and we didn't have to (or want to) use the EU2000 during a dust storm at Death Valley because of the great battery charge. They're worth it.
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making a change vs making an improvement.

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I highly recommend them, especially a pair of 6VDC golf cart batteries in series like I have in my CCD. Lot's of reasons. PM me for more info.
why not just explain it here for all to understand?

lately we've had several vendors suggesting changes but offering the logic off line...

IF the change is a real benefit and passes scrutiny tell us all about it!

IF weight isn't an issue and 4 batteries are the minimum...

6v seems to win out.

and 2 6v are less money than 2 12v agms...

so jk3500s reasoning is partly based on cost, which is understandable...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...2-a-31854.html

but with limited space and weight and a genset for recharge...

why switch to 2 6 volts batteries?

yes it's rare but IF one battery fails...

you are sca-rewed. also IF the tv battery dies you cannot use one of the 6 volters as backup....

also 2-6 volts agms weigh MORE than 2 -12volt agms which weigh more than gel cells or regular deep cycles...

so is the few extra amps worth the effort to haul them around? i don't think so with just a 2 battery set up...

will they even FIT in the available storage space?

it is sort of like opting for larger lp gas cylinders, while never boondocking or winter camping....

i love the 12v agms
because they are maintenance free, can be drawn down further and take more recharge cycles...

BUT they do cost more at purchase and add some weight over traditional deep cycles.

unless your current batteries are on their last leg it might be easier and less costly, to carry a 3rd deep cycle battery and rotate it into the mix.

are you planning to upgrade the univolt/charger and monitor too?

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Old 05-15-2007, 06:06 AM   #9
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are you planning to upgrade the univolt/charger and monitor too?

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Yep. Ordered one of the temp controled ones yesterday.
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2air' and all,

I've been a proponent of 6VDC AGMs since joining this Forum. I've stated in many posts related to the topic why I chose this route and why I believe they are better. ANY AGM battery is better than a liquid or gel cell. More discharge capacity, better construction, easier charging, lower internal resistance, thicker plates, etc.

Your points about 12VDC vs a pair of 6VDC batteries is well taken but in reality, how many times has your battery failed when it is in good condition and properly maintained and charged?

The biggest advantage of AGM golf cart batteries is their industrial strength plates, their design that lets you draw them down to deep discharge states on a REGULAR BASIS, the fact that they are designed to be abused and bumped around (as in actual golf cart use) . I think that the discharge capacities and the fact that they will re-charge faster than a lot of other batteries (low resistance) are the major behefits.

Of course, if you don't boondock or expect to be so demanding of your batteries, then 12VDC AGMs are fine. Every major MoHo OEM has switched to 6VDC golf cart batteries (although many still use liquid cells) for their higher end units. They are arrayed in 4 or 6 battery groups in pairs, depending on the current requirements. When people get fed up with the maintenence and corrosion problems of these liquid cells, they usually convert to AGMs. I sell a lot of them as replacements, and have converted 5 coaches this season to 6VDC AGMs from 12VDC liquid cells. Haven't gotten one complaint yet.

The point is that AGMs are THE superior battery! Whether you use one 12-volt, two 12-volts, or two 6-volts is really dependant on your off-grid requirements AND space and weight considerations.

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We're very happy with the 12v Lifeline "D" AGM's we had installed with our solar systems. The fact that they don't-out gas like standard liquid batteries let us abandon the confines of the battery box and install more capacity. They're still enclosed and vented, but less stringently.

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No 6 VDC conversion plans here

We're sticking with the 12 Volt ones for now. Excellent "airing" of the pros & cons. If we make any mods it will likely be with upgrades to the solar panels.
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FWIW- AGM's don't care what attitude they are in, inverted, knife edge,aileron roll,spins etc.and not dealing with adding water means you can stuff them anywhere you wish.Just bolt the bad boys down, don't want the CG moving around.
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are AGM's compatible with a Univolt?
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