Re: [Amel] Batteries
Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
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It depends on so many variables that you will get a wide range of answers, but the range that I hear from active cruisers is 2 to 4 years. Those mostly plugged into shore power can go for ever.
That said, are all of your batteries dead? Did you have them tested? When they were tested, did the test include CCA? Was the person testing the batteries conflicted (a seller of new batteries)?
Sometimes 1 or 2 batteries in the battery bank will fail or short and make the entire bank appear faulty. Since you are in Hong Kong, you might consider buying a digital battery tester with printer. I like this one, and I am betting it is made in China: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solar-BA327-Digital-Battery-And-System-Tester-With-Integrated-Printer-/331052762325?pt=Battery_Chargers&hash=item4d144844d5
Our experience on our slow circumnavigation has been 4 years life, except that the 13 that we bought 2 years ago have been the worst, with 1 battery failing in less than a year, and 2 more failing recently.
Hope this helps.
BeBe, SM2k, #387
On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM, <crwggb@...> wrote: