Best trolling motor battery for the money, is?

I am interested in hearing everyone's suggestion(s) for trolling motor batteries as I need to purchase one. Thanks!

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i get the most expensive ones at walmart but make sure its a deep cycle used them for years and never no prob

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like my Interstate's

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Walmart deep cycle

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There was a thread about a month ago on this...right now the general consensus is the AGM (Absorption Glass Mat) sealed battery and Cabela’s has a good price on those. The only downside is these batteries are suppose to last however most guys have only been using them for two or three years so it’s hard to say if they’ll last the 5-7 or more.

Interstate are decent…however IMO if you’re not getting AGM then get the Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club deep cycle and same some change.


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Deep Cycle

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After doing a tid bit of research and buying.  Couple places to look.  Depends on series but check out Sears.  I missed the boat on them as they had a good sale on batteries just last week.  Then there is AC Delco (which I went with).  They were priced pretty decent.  For a marine cranking battery I just bit the bullet and went with the interstate.  After price checking around I figured the extra five or so bucks I was spending for the interstate was okay.  I considered doing just a normal crank battery but since I run electronics, livewells and need it for cranking I went a different route.

I know you are talking deep cycle so the opening sentences of my paragraph have my opinion in them.  Wouldn't shy away from the interstate either.  I know I wouldn't spend that money on those "good" batteries.  That's a lot of coin.  Only reason I wish I had them is they are much smaller in size.

Here's another thread on the subject:  Deep cycle Battery:  Need Your Input


 

 

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yelowjacket,

I considered the AGM but what makes those better over a wet cell?


 

 

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I use Interstate and have had excellent luck with them.  Just switched my cranking one out last year and plan to do my trolling motor ones this year depending on how they work as they are going on their 5th yr.

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Walmart, the expensive ones, mine are going on their 5th year.  The thing is proper maintence, keep them full of water, and a slow charge.  Store them charged also, to keep them from freezing.

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All4eyes Said:
Walmart, the expensive ones, mine are going on their 5th year.  The thing is proper maintence, keep them full of water, and a slow charge.  Store them charged also, to keep them from freezing.

Finally, I will no longer abuse mine.  Every weekend I said, "Okay, I will take my batteries out and put them in the garage."

Yeah, I never did and I pay the price.  That has changed.  You think a farm boy would be smarter than that...but one of dem dare tings.


 

 

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The expensive Walmart ones have served me the best, third year on same set in this boat; had a set for 5 years in my old boat.

The worst for me have been the interstate, went through 4 in one year, yes they covered them under warranty but I dont need warranty on the lake, I need power!

 

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Yikes, you went through 4 brand new batteries in one year?  Something ain't right there.  Place you buy them have about two inches of dust on them? 

My Delco's made it 3 years with absolutely zero maintenance and left in the boat to freeze for as many years.  Should get five out of mine now I'd think if I take care of them.


 

 

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Bought them new with boat and kept going through them; ask stringerfull, he kept bringing them up from Fargo to me from the dealership down there!!! Horrible experience with them, will NEVER go that direction again.

 

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Tim…my understanding of them is their tightly wound glass fibers.  This creates the ability to make each cell separate which increase the life of each cell which increases the life of the battery…in theory “if” one cell were to go bad you would still have a functional battery just not 100%. They say that most traditional deep cycles have a life expectancy of 3-5 years and yes there are some folks out there who properly maintain their batteries and get five + years out of them…the AGM’s are suppose to sustain a high performance level for 5-7 years and my guess would be for those guys who can stretch 5 + years out of a regular deep cycle an AGM may even be the last battery they have to buy…Hands down I would go buy them however my reservation is nobody I know has had them for 5-7 years yet.


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Hedahls sells "AmeriStart" which is actually a Johnson Control battery, they only have the "Gold" series at very competitive prices.  I've gotten 4-7 years out of them every time.  They are the least expensive "quality" battery I've found.

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I have had my bext luck with Interstates and my worst with the Walmart ones.  My Interstates when well cared for have been very, very good to me.  Kept having cells go bad in the Walmart sets I bought and with today's smart chargers they won't charge them if they sense anything is bad.  I know several guys who swear by Trojans, a bit more money but they love them.

Keep them filled, charged, and out of the cold.  They last a long time if you can do that. 

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I charge my batteries right when I get home.  It goes along with putting the tarp on the boat.  I do the same with the camper battery, and am hoping that one will last just as long.  I learned the hard way at Indian Hills once with a dead battery.  Stole the battery off the camper, to get buy for the day, wife was thrilled, non electric site.  Luckily enough someone had a charger in the group, and Kelly let me charge my boat battery at the store.  I have nothing but good things to say about Indian Hills Resort, but that is another thread.

Maintence is key to deep cycle batteries, and a slow charge will make them last longer.  Charging frequently, and keeping them topped off with water will make all the differance. 

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All4eyes Said:
Walmart, the expensive ones, mine are going on their 5th year.  The thing is proper maintence, keep them full of water, and a slow charge.  Store them charged also, to keep them from freezing.

Finally, I will no longer abuse mine.  Every weekend I said, "Okay, I will take my batteries out and put them in the garage."

Yeah, I never did and I pay the price.  That has changed.  You think a farm boy would be smarter than that...but one of dem dare tings.

I leave mine in the boat. and run an extension cord, find it to be alot easier.  LOL

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Traxion Said:
I have had my bext luck with Interstates and my worst with the Walmart ones.  My Interstates when well cared for have been very, very good to me.  Kept having cells go bad in the Walmart sets I bought and with today's smart chargers they won't charge them if they sense anything is bad.  I know several guys who swear by Trojans, a bit more money but they love them.

Keep them filled, charged, and out of the cold.  They last a long time if you can do that. 

Yeah my buddy has a smart charger and I was dumbfounded.  We have the "farm" charger at home but like you said, the dang smart charger won't even charge them.  Could have been a good thing though as I charged my crank battery at the farm and it worked fine.  Went to turn the key in the garage at Minot and was dead.  Hooked up my buddy's smart charger and it wouldn't even charge it.  Figured what the heck and decided to use the so-called smart charger to rebuild the battery but my smarter side said I best just go buy a new one.  Should still try it though.  Just need to add distilled water and then recharge.  Who knows, maybe it will work.


 

 

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All4eyes,

I have an onboard charger so mine get charged all summer long after every use.  I'll pull them this year after the last fishing trip and make sure I take care of them.  Or hopefully, I'll have a three stall garage soon with heat and I'll finally fish the tailrace...which will allow me to just back the boat in and plug the onboard in! 


 

 

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Yep, sometimes the smart chargers are too smart, I have a "dumb" one that I use if I have too.  Seems like every battery I hooked up for awhile didn't charge on the smart charger, always getting faults of bad cells.

My on board charger is the same though, it won't work if the battery has a bad cell.  Just goes straight to "charged".  I guess as a whole they are nice to have.  At least you know you may have a problem and the charge rates are done reasonably to not fry you batteries if left hooked up.  Just something to work with I guess!

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I scored a return(wrong size) golf cart battery at my local Tire?Battery store.  It has been awesome.  2/3 days of moderate fishing in the high lakes with a 40# thrust motor mounted trolling motor.  Charged it with my Honda generator about an hour and good to go again.  Heavy though, must be a dead priest in it somewhere!!!

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I have an Optima for my trolling motor.  Starting 4th year.  I am fortunate, I have a buddy who has a heated shop and I can keep it in there and keep the on board charger plugged in. I keep it plugged in year round.  Had great success this way.  My starting battery I got 9 (yes 9) years out of it.  Got new one last year.  Went with a deep cycle marine from Fleet Farm.  Same as the other one.