Don’t get stuck just focusing on price and amp hours when choosing a battery. There are many factors you should consider so you don’t end up with the wrong batteries. All the batteries that we will discuss will be deep cycle. A deep cycle battery is designed for discharging over longer periods time with more of a discharge than a cranking battery that is designed for a high rate short duration discharge without draining the battery.
Lead Acid Batteries
You will see words like flooded, vented, VRLA and maintenance free when looking for lead acid batteries.
All of these batteries have a vent in the top of the battery to allow hydrogen gas to escape. The term maintenance free is misleading. Maintenance free batteries typically have VRLA (Vale Regulated Lead Acid) caps that are covered and glued down so they are not readily accessible. Their job is to allow the…
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