Posted by Kerry Grissett on April 23, 2003 at 22:06:13:
In Reply to: Re: Deep cycle marine batteries - advice? posted by David Johnson on April 23, 2003 at 21:40:23:
I have heard good comments from at least one professional fishing guide about the deep-cycle batteries from Walmart. I am using 2 of the biggest (EverStart Maxx-29) batteries they sell now and so far they are doing very well at a little over a 1.5 years.
Your choice of battery size (amperage rating) will depend on the thrust/power of your trolling motor and how often you use it. A trolling motor battery, maintained properly, should definitely last more than one season! Perhaps you should check you recharging unit? A bad recharging unit can ruin a good battery.
I always place my batteries on the charger as soon as I get home. I check the water level frequently and only add distilled water when it is needed. That last part is VERY important! Distilled water doesn't contain impurities that can cause a good battery to go bad very quickly.
OK, so you have a good charging unit and maintain your battery properly... The EverStart Maxx batteries seem to be pretty good. Mileage will vary. (grin)
Good luck and good fishin'
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