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Clearview Lee

Which leisure battery? v??? ah??

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Clearview Lee

I just wondered if there's a tried & tested Leisure battery that's recommended??

Which specifications are best for staying charged the longest enabling you to work effectively ie; AH etc...

 

I need to order one today at some point.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Clearview Lee
I got this one, it is a 115ah. It was fitted in June and is charged via a SMART relay (£18 off Ebay).

The battery has not been removed since and has never let me down.

 

http://www.halfords.com/car-seats-travel-equipment/camping-caravanning/caravanning/halfords-leisure-battery-115-ah

That's handy to know! I ordered mine online before which bumps up the cost for delivery. I never use a SMART relay...how often do you use that then?? Could be where I'm going wrong!

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Clearview Lee
Can't go wrong at that price to pick up local as comes with a 2 year guarantee :thumbsup:

Yeah, Thanks folks.

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SPCleaning
That's handy to know! I ordered mine online before which bumps up the cost for delivery. I never use a SMART relay...how often do you use that then?? Could be where I'm going wrong!

 

If you are asking about the leisure battery, it is used all day every day. The smart relay is always connected and clicks into use when the engine is running. Best money I have spent. No more charging every night. Always enough power to work.

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Clearview Lee

Brilliant stuff! Thanks a lot.

 

What a great forum this is for learning!

 

You're a credit!

 

Thanks.

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SPCleaning
Can't go wrong at that price to pick up local as comes with a 2 year guarantee :thumbsup:

 

I bought this one because I could go and pick it up. I didn't want to wait for a delivery.

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Smurf

Have you the link for the smart relay you got from ebay please.

 

If you are asking about the leisure battery, it is used all day every day. The smart relay is always connected and clicks into use when the engine is running. Best money I have spent. No more charging every night. Always enough power to work.

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Clearview Lee

Just out of interest, how long do your batteries last, roughly?

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SPCleaning

The previous two batteries were 80ah, the first gave up after 12 months and the second only did 9 months.

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Clearview Lee

That's interesting....someone told me ages ago, that they should last 4-5 years!! Especially if they come with a 2 year guarantee....

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SPCleaning

As I understand it, they can be charged up to 500 times, so a couple of years would seem reasonable. Because these were small, I found that I was running out of power before the work was done. To prevent this I benched charged every night. So I was easily using much of its life by the amount of charges it was having.

 

Like I said, the 115ah battery has never been bench charged and has been in use for 6 months to date. Make sure you buy a bigger one (110 +).

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Clearview Lee

Ok Thanks a lot, I will. Cheers for the info! I never realised all this. No wonder cos I've had mine nearly 2 years.

 

I use my van privately weekends as I don't own a car. Is it recommended that I disconnect the charging device when I'm not working as I can do this very easily??

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Clearview Lee

....just got this responce from where I bought the battery...

 

Dear Clearviewiew,

 

Thank you for your response.

 

From experience, 6-12 months is the average life span, although using batteries like the CXV Numax range can prolong this.

 

Many thanks,

Daniel

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SPCleaning

Yes it can be disconnected without any hassle. Mine is connected with croc clips.

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SPCleaning

But you don't need to disconnect. Mine is always working.

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Aqua-pure Portadown

I have the same fitted in my van ( only mines called a split relay ) it only starts to charge when the van is running ,it's needs the start up power to kick start the relay so it won't run your van battery down when not driving :-) great job

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