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Inshore Fishing in Calcasieu Lake in Southwest Louisiana

Trolling motor batteries?

I just purchased a Minn Kota 3x 36 volt 101 pound thrust trolling motor. Now my question is... What battery will get me the best quality/reliability for the cost? Expensive Optima? Cabela's sealed gel? Academy's Stowaway? Just wondering what you'll think. What do the guides use? Any help is appreciated!
June 19, 2007 at 8:15pm
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Outdoor-Ed Profile Photo
Posted June 19, 2007 at 8:20pm
AC Delco

I have never been dissapointed with the AC Delco 27 series marine battery. I have seen these batteries discharged for a year, recharged, and they work like new.

I have had a pair in my offshore boat for 8 years....Never had a problem.

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Marsh_Madness Profile Photo
Posted June 19, 2007 at 8:37pm
I agree AC Delco.

I just did a survey of all my buddies and the ones with Delco batteries got 5 years plus out of them. I just put two new ones on my boat to replace Interstates that I only got 1 year out of.

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FishIntimidatorProGuideService Profile Photo
Posted June 19, 2007 at 8:42pm
walmart

biggest one they sell

FishIntimidatorProGuideService Profile Photo
Posted June 19, 2007 at 8:42pm
walmart

biggest one they sell

Lever evolution Profile Photo
Posted June 19, 2007 at 9:02pm
Cost of marine AC Delco?

How much do the AC Delco marine 27 series cost?

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icegator57 Profile Photo
Posted June 19, 2007 at 10:13pm
delcos

they costed me $84 here with trade. In Lafayette, bumper to bumper.

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Posted June 19, 2007 at 10:20pm
Battery

My vote is for the Delco. I've used them for the last 10 years. Some out lasted the boat I had them in. LOL

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Capt  John L Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 4:16am
Batteries

What ever kind you choose, make sure they are at least 200 amp deep cycle. I personally use 225 amp batteries in both of my boats.

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Lever evolution Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 7:20am
Reserve capacity?

When you mentioned 200 amps, does this refer to the reserve capacity?

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Lafayette Trolling Motors and Boat Works Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 7:45am
Batteries

Hands down, Optima batteries are thr best on the market. If you use (or try to) your boat every weekend, These are for you. The best regular batteries for the money are Interstate/AC Delco

Trent_Buxton Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 8:01am
Nasty

I have posted about this for other people before....Delco's are good batteries. I used them for years. Until Optima came out. Optima is expensive but they are worth twice what you pay for them in performance. I would personally pay way more than they charge for them. Over thirty years of hunting and fishing experience I have tried all and every Johnny come latley battery on the market today and in the past. Delco batteries are good like I said but they are a distant second place to the Optima.

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specchaser Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 8:34am
INTERSTATE BATTERIES

Just put 2 interstate SRM 29 deep cycle batteries on my trolling motor. Cost $95 each and have a 30 month warranty. Bought in Baton Rouge at the Interstate store. They have 210 minutes of reservew capacity with 675 cca. They are large and heavy but that is because they have a lot of plates.

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Capt  John L Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 10:51am
Batteries

Speck, shouldn't that be 210 "amps" of reserve capacity?

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Mayor of Duckville Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 11:38am
......

Battery reserve capacity is usually measured in minutes or amp-hrs.

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specchaser Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 12:17pm
Reserve Capacity

Reserve Capacity (RC) - BCI defines it as "the number of minutes a new, fully-charged battery at 80F (27C) can be discharged at 25 amps and maintain a voltage equal to or higher than 1.75 volts per cell" (i.e., 10.5 volts for a 12-volt battery). This rating represents the time the battery will continue to operate essential accessories in the event of a charging system failure.

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specchaser Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 12:24pm
Battery Education

I learned a lot about batteries by researching them. Everything you need to know about a battery is out there. Many batteries are manufactired by one company but sold under several names. You can often find the same baterry for a different price because it has a different name. Minn Kota and Stow-Away are 2 good examples of that. Learn all you can before you buy. With batteries size is important both from an electrical stand point and a physical size. Some of these batteries are quite large. Mine are 14" long and wiegh 61 pounds.

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wilford Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 12:28pm
favorite site

here's a link to my favorite site for learning about just about anything under the sun, from a bike sprocket to thermonuclear bombs to why they called it WD40!!!

copy and paste into your browser (and No, Capt John L didn't author the site!)

http://www.howstuffworks.com/

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Castaway Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 12:36pm
Batteries

I use energizer. I have found they keep going and going and going..lol No honestly I use Stowaway from Academy. Never really had any problems.

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Big-Head Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 4:51pm
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I too use the SRM-29 Interstate battery ........ It's by far the best I ever had ........ But just to note I never did own the Delco (yet)....

under a 15 amp load it will last 6.4 hours ... dat's gooood

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Quality Built MFG Profile Photo
Posted June 20, 2007 at 11:46pm
Batteries

I just put in 3 new Big Momma Trolling batteries and 1 new Red Hot Momma Cranking Battery from Ascension Marine. They are supposed to be better than the Trojan batteries that I had.I wont know for sure for a few more weeks. I will let yall know how they do.

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