Spare Leisure battery-You Should Take Some Spare “LEISURE BATTERIES” On A Long Trip

Post Updated 9th Jan 2014

You need a Spare Leisure battery on land or at sea

When you think about it, it makes sense to carry at least one Spare Leisure battery with you, when you are traveling any sort of distance in your mobile home or touring caravan. I am sure that most sensible thing do is just that and take a Spare Leisure battery with you on their journey. I am of course talking about the people who go off religiously on their annual holidays and vacations,

Spare Leisure battery

As another update to this post i would like to mention the fact that many motor-home owners are now using solar panels to charge up their batteries and i think that this is a great move forward. A spare leisure battery would also be a good idea

touring on land or sailing the seas in their caravans, campervans , RV vehicles and boats.
The silver heads are the ones with the big budgets and have traded up to some wonderful and exotic vehicles that are the height of luxury , but large or small they all have one thing in common; that’s the fact that they all require a portable electric supply.
To keep up with the pace of the development of these vehicles, the manufacturing companies have come up with some great designs and powerful equipment for storing electricity. Our biggest seller at the moment is the 12 Volt Battery 110 amp maintenance free leisure battery that comes with its own carrying handle. This battery comes in single or double terminals, and comes in different shapes and sizes. This makes a great Spare Leisure battery?

The later makes it easy for connecting more than one  or connecting up other electrical items. They are available in a few brand names and comes sealed with a pressure blow off valve. This blow off valve makes them  leak proof but not totally sealed. This one is suitable for fresh water boats, but you would require a fully sealed AGM battery if you were using the boat at sea, this is because salt water and battery acid do not mix and if mixed they give off a poisonous gas.
Other leisure batteries are available and popular in 75 amp, 85 amp,and 100 amp sizes. The sizes depend on the room you have and also how much electricity you require to power your particular vehicle or boat, indeed not all travelers  need a 110 amp battery the other sizes are still very popular.
Going back to the Spare Leisure battery, it will help to ensure that boaters will not get stuck between ports, but remember make sure that you get the right battery for the water that you are sailing in, fresh or salt water. Acid

Just make sure that you  buy the correct Spare Leisure battery for the size of your RV or caravan, and make sure that you do not discharge it too much

Large motorhome ready to roll ?

from a battery will not mix with sea water and gives off poisonous gases.

Also whatever you are traveling in, make sure that you have a good charger, lack of charging,  is what causes many batteries to fail. If they are just not charged enough then the battery will  eventually  fail, this is where a Spare Leisure battery comes in.

There are many things that you need to keep in mind for you to find the correct marine batteries that is most suitable for the type of boat that you are going to be sailing in. One of the things that you have to decide on is whether to buy a portable battery charger or perhaps have one on board your boat all the time. You would not want to get stuck in the middle of the ocean waiting for help if your battery dies out, On board battery chargers will assure you that wherever you go a marine battery charger will always be available for emergency situations. A portable charger on the other hand is a great addition to any boat travel, as you can rest easy knowing that you have a backup if something happens to your on-board charger when dealing with dead batteries.

All the people who do there traveling on land do not have to worry about having to use AGM batteries or not,

Just make sure that you  buy the correct Spare Leisure battery for the size of your RV or caravan, and make sure that you do not discharge it too much, your Spare Leisure battery should not be discharged below 80% of its full capacity, this is thee reason that will cause a battery to fail and need replacing (Always keep a spare battery if possible). Leisure batteries can be bought online at great prices .
This article was written by Eric Roberts...www.vartabatteries-yorkshire.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Lead Acid Storage Batteries-Are they the answer for storing Solar Storing

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries;You will need a Deep cycle lead acid batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Many people are using solar energy. Hence, to bring down the cost of their energy bills. Or to use when out and about in their motor homes and R/V vehicles. Here in the UK. Particular, customers buy many what is known as“Leisure batteries”. Which are a sort of hybrid between a starter and a storage battery.

In most cases. This type of battery. Thus, is sufficient for the purpose. Of perhaps going off on holiday for a few weeks in a year.Perhaps, on a touring holiday. Hence, charging the battery up whilst the vehicle is been driven. As a result, via a charger or the alternator. Incredibly, keeping more up to date charging by means of a portable solar panel.

As I have said.These types of batteries are more than adequate for this usage. However, some people want to use Lead Acid Storage Batteries.Consequently, to store the electricity produced by turbines or solar panels. In my opinion this is a different proposition. Requiring, different batteries to the leisure batteries.So that are common here in the UK. Especially, a type of battery that should be used is the deep cycle battery. These Lead Acid Storage Batteries. Therefore, have much larger plates than the typical car and leisure battery. Therefore, can be charged and discharged.Very similar to the batteries used on boats and marine applications. Not forgetting golfing carts and mobility applications.

 Lead Acid Storage Batteries- These are known as an AGM batteries (absorbed Glass Matting).

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries-Solar panels can use back up storage AGM batteries

These Lead Acid Storage Batteries take a much bigger cycle and are totally sealed, with no requirements for ventilation . The other option is a GEL but in my opinion the GEL  is now going out of favour towards the AGM battery, one of the reasons is the cost of the batteries, AGM are cheaper than GEL  and are also easier to re-charge, more suitable for solar energy storage. For further reading…

 “For solar charging applications, you instead want a deep cycle battery, similar to those used for marine vessels or golf carts – a typical car battery will not work. Deep cycle batteries are designed with larger plates and different chemistry to avoid the corrosive effect of frequently using the full capacity. They are designed to be regularly deeply discharged using most of its capacity .Flooded, vs. GEL vs AGM.

There are a few types of lead acid deep cycle batteries: flooded, sealed gelled, or sealed AGM. For most situations a sealed AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) is the safest and best option. AGM batteries require little maintenance. There is no need for ventilation and they will not spill. Flooded batteries have the advantage of being significantly less expensive, but they require adequate ventilation, maintenance, and also have the potential liability of tipping or spilling.

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

 AGM batteries are typically lighter and less expensive per amp-hour compared to gel. As an example, on Alt E Store a Trojan AGM 12V 100 amp-hour battery is 64 pounds and $241, or 0.64 lbs/AH and $2.41/AH. A Trojan Gel 12V 77 amp-hour battery is 52 pounds and $231, or 0.68 lbs/AH and $3.00/AH. In addition gel batteries need to be recharged in a specific way that is not optimal for solar. Basically, AGM batteries are more forgiving in the way that they are recharged”…

all so more solar reading…

Of these things, the one you should be spending the most money on is the batteries. Most systems have enough battery backup to power the whole house

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Trojan Lead Acid Storage Batteries

for 5 days, if the sun did not show itself. This might seem a bit excessive because if the Sun does not rise for 5 days then we all have bigger things to worry about than powering our electricity”… http://howtofixcars.blogspot.fr/2012/08/solar-power-material-list.html

Eric Roberts

Online Battery Sales-Vintage truck find on “Leisure Batteries” Delivery run

Online Battery Sales

Online Battery Sales; Surprise vintage car and truck photos taken while delivering some leisure batteries in Bordon.

This time, of the year.Hence, is very busy due to the amount of  leisure batteries that we sell in Online Battery Sales. So as soon as the caravan season starts in March. Then, we are inundated with orders for leisure batteries. Thus,  from all over the country.

We also sell many golf batteries and UPS batteries. As a result,  delivered  by couriers. This time of year. We have customers. That will buy more than one battery some buy up to three or four. Last

Online Battery Sales

Second vintage truck in the same garage when delivering some leisure batteries.

the week we sold twenty to thirty batteries in an area of Southern England. So I decided to do the delivery myself. Because these leisure batteries are very heavy weighing 23 kilos each.Sometimes get broken by the couriers if there is more than one.

I loaded the Online Battery Sales. Of course, with my sat-nav. I set off South at 4.30 am the next morning. Hence, the first six deliveries went well. But I got stuck on the seventh. The customer had bought two 100 amp Lucas leisure batteries. I went up and down the road in a town called Bordon, but could not find the address for the delivery of the batteries. I looked up and down the road, asked people in the local, but to no avail. Finally, I noticed a large house at the side of the road and decided to call in and ask. This was going to my final attempt, if I couldn’t find it now I would return back to Yorkshire and send it by courier, but I hate to give in.

 Online Battery Sales

I called in at the house and found that the back garden opened up into a huge parking area, with some tipper trucks parked up. The company were called Williams of Bordon Ltd, I got out of my van and poked my nose into a large garage (looking for a person) where they repaired their trucks and to my surprise saw some wonderful vintage trucks parked up in a line. A gentleman came out of an office building and I explained my position to him,(I also ran out of credits on my antiquated mobile phone). The people were very kind and helpful and the lady in the office rang my customer for the directions and

a very kind guy then showed me where the customer who wanted the Online Battery Sales, leisure batteries lived (I was only 200 yards away). They also allowed me to take a few pictures of their vintage car and trucks, that I have put on this blog.

I would like to thank the very kind people for their help it was most refreshing to see them helping a total stranger.

 Eric Roberts

 

Leisure Marine Batteries-New Style “Marine Batteries”-Sealed lead Acid and Deep Cycle.

Leisure Marine Batteries

Most Leisure Marine Batteries are now hybrids

Most Leisure Marine Batteries that we buy today are “hybrids”. They are a cross between the regular starter and the Deep Cycle Battery. This new type of marine Battery is now of a high standard. These marine batteries are of course completely sealed. The batteries are fitted with special valves that release pressure that may build up. Especially, in the battery when it is overheating.

The Marines cells are made of a lead-sponge material . For this reason, this is usually made of thicker material than the lead sponge in a starter battery. This type of marine leisure batteries is used on smaller craft. Thus, that are used for pleasure boating. For this reason, for longer sailings especially for ocean-going vessels. Therefore, I think that the true deep-cycle batteries are utilised.

Leisure Marine Batteries

Leisure Marine Batteries-Boat batteries wired up for marine batteries

We at  BatteriesOnTheWeb also sell marine ones with twin negative and twin positive posts this enables the boat owner to join other electrical items, things to the system  such as other electrical accessories.

Marine batteries are displayed in (Marine cranking amps) also known as MCA.  

Marine batteries have calcium/calcium plates requiring no maintenance.

As I have stated. It ‘s hard to tell the difference between the two types of batteries. Because in general if it looks like a car type with the caps on the top to allow you to check the electrolyte levels, then it will be a standard car one. These batteries are marine batteries

The rest of the materials used such as the oxides and separator materials. For this reason, gives a much higher capacity.

These batteries are available online in Lucas and Pennine-Kingpower from www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

Leisure Marine Batteries

Leisure Marine Batteries-65 amp marine/leisure battery

 

 

Maintenance Free batteries-are now becoming the normal fitment on most cars and trucks

This is a short article about maintenance free batteries

 The phrase maintenance free batteries is only partly correct.  What are Maintenance Free Battery vs Conventional  Cheap Car batteries , use up some of the water in their diluted mixture of sulphuric acid electrolyte during there every day cycle of charging and discharging. The electrolyte process turns into a gas mixture of oxygen and hydrogen and escapes from the battery. WE then add water to keep the battery topped up.

Maintenance Free batteries

Lucas Maintenance free batteries

Maintenance free batteries known as MF batteries use a different type of lead alloy. They use calcium alloy of lead and not a lead antimony alloy. This reduces the gassing therefore stops the need to keep topping up your battery. Indeed means that you have no need to top up your battery during the normal life of your  Battery.
The only problem can occur in exceptionally high temperatures where the Maintenance free batteries may boil but the newer types of MF battery now have pressure relief valves that come into operation when the pressure may get too high. For further reading…http://uk.ask.com/question/what-is-a-maintenance-free-battery

Altogether these Maintenance free batteries are becoming the normal standard for modern vehicle standards and are worth buying instead of cheap batteries.

Car batteries remained much the same, the only thing that changed was the different terminals and physical sizes of the batteries, battery plates, became a new mix of alloys and lead alloys and companies the likes of Lucas batteries became the first to introduce practically sealed batteries that were maintenance free, there were no screw tops on the battery for the driver to check the acid level.

Also there was the evolution of the cars. Many cars were now coming out on more sophisticated electrical systems. Which required car batteries with more power. We found that a difference in the old type battery and the new type of battery was that the new types of battery did not give you much time after failure, one morning the battery light would come on in your car and you would need a new battery, there and then; you do not have the time any more. It is very important to remember ,that the Maintenance free batteries must be stood up in the upright position. The battery caps do not unscrew and so the battery is classed as sealed. But it is important to remember that the battery is not leak proof.

Pressure relief valves automaticaly reseal

themselves after been released, this is a major safety feature.

LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries can give you 150 Amps per hour?

LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries are amongst the best batteries available to the Caravan and Motorhome community, not forgetting the lucky people who own a river craft or a canal pleasure boat.

All these types of vehicles require a battery, or a number of batteries to supply them with electricity, especially where there are no mains power points, usually in the wilderness or some isolated moorings.

Numax are not necessarily Cheap Leisure Batteries, but they are one of the more reliable battery products for this usage on the market. In fact I have only ever seen one faulty Numax

LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries

A typical narrow boat using leisure batteries for the electrics and solar panels.

battery, since I started selling then six years ago.

The Leisure market battery products are always on show at some of the country’s top leisure shows and because of this the Numax name has become very popular. Also because of the internet, the Numax Caravan battery has actually come down in price and is now one of our best selling products that we offer online.

The most popular battery is the XV31MF battery. This is an 110amp one and is our best seller at the time of me writing this article. The number two, Leisure Battery is the  LV26MF , which is a 100 amp battery.

Following close behind is the LV22MF leisure battery

This is a 75 amp battery and is used for the person who goes away at weekends and the occasional two weeks holiday. When the first Motorhome Battery came out, the industry used the regular car battery; in fact the 100 amp leisure battery was derived from the 250 car batteries. The car battery was modified with thicker calls to hold more charge and was then known as the LV26MF battery for leisure use. The original 250 car battery was a starter battery and had to provide the power up front to start a car.

As the leisure market began to grow, then so did the size of the caravans and motorhomes. This meant that bigger batteries were needed, because portable televisions and fridges could fit into the larger vehicles. In the early days these came in the form of truck batteries, which were the largest batteries available. This led to the development of the XV31MF leisure battery which once again had thicker plates to store more power, as the truck battery was a starter battery and needed the power up front to start the vehicle.

One thing that has surprised me is that more people do not connect 2x LV22MF batteries together. These batteries are LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries and connected together in “Parallel” will give you a 75×2 capacity which is 150 amps, a much larger capacity than a XV31MF battery would. The main criteria is that you use the two exactly same batteries and the same number of amps, the

LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries

Modern motorhomes need powerful batteries

system will remain at 12 volts and in my opinion would be worth looking into.

Disclaimer

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

Trojan Leisure Batteries by Trojan recommended for Caravans and Motorhomes

 

Trojan leisure batteries are more expensive but can last up to twice longer

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Solar battery charging of Leisure Batteries is becoming ever more popular amongst the people who own Motorhomes and caravans Best Caravan Batteries. In the past the owners of these vehicles would use a cheap car battery, but

as the caravans became more sophisticated and the manufacturers added more luxuries that were controlled by electricity, then so the power supply to operate these electric gadgets had to be more powerful and specific Leisure Batteries were developed by the large battery companies.

The normal car battery was simply not adequate to use on most of these kinds of vehicles. The car battery is designed to start the car in any type of weather, from hot to freezing cold temperatures, the car batteries Caravan Leisure Batteries are expected to start your car. These batteries will show you the CCA (cold cranking amps) on the battery label and although they worked when caravans and the early motorhomes did not use much electricity, they are no good to use now, because the battery requires more storage and not CCA’s.

These new types of Trojan Leisure Batteries were developed with electric storage in mind. The battery looks like a large car battery but has in fact been given thicker cells, to enable the Leisure Batteries to store more power. These batteries connect in line with the motorhomes charging system or a new system that is getting more popular is the use of solar power to charge up the batteries when the owner travels away from a power supply, say in the wilderness or in a farmer’s field.

These new types of Trojan Leisure Batteries are usually sealed but contain a pressure release valve which will let off any excess pressure if for some reason the battery overheats or for some other reason such as very high temperatures and this can happen but is very rare, in fact I have only seen one leisure battery that has exploded and I have taken a picture to show on the blog post. These batteries are made by Johnson Controls the World’s leading battery development company and battery manufacturer, making famous brand names such as Varta, Lucas and Numax batteries. The most popular part numbers for leisure use are LV22 and LV26, both batteries are a single post and will fit most caravans and motorhomes.

The next type of battery that can be used is the AGM battery (absorbed glass mat). This battery has glass fibre particles added to the acid to make the liquid acid into a type of paste, and because of this, the Trojan Leisure Batteries is totally sealed and can be stood in any position. This battery is most suitable for all battery storage needs because it will charge and discharge at a much

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Exploded leisure battery due to overcharging.

higher rate and will last much longer than the lead acid leisure batteries that I have talked about earlier.

One of the leading AGM manufacturers in the World is Trojan for leisure batteries

And these are the batteries that are recommended by the expert in the attached video.The video is all about solar storage for the home, but I am impressed with the way that he visually shows the different batteries that I have tried to describe, I feel that a video can save many words and many people are visual and can understand more when they see pictures. So have a good 2014,

 ric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.  

 

EV Batteries?- How Cheap Are they really?Climate Denial Crock of the Week

ev batteries

I’m finding Chevy Volt replacement ev batteries online for about $2,300. $2,300/16 kWh = $144/kWh. Retail. On the GM Parts Store site a replacement battery for the 2012 Chevy Volt is listed at $2,305.88.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Why a replacement ev batteries any how ?

EV batteries prices

This article shows the prices for the  EV Batteries replacement but I was wondering why would you need a replacement anyhow?

According this good and in depth article a replacement battery would cost $2000 and more, but why would you have to buy one? The old  EV Batteries should be replaced free of charge if found faulty, like any other part of the car. Some of the European car makers, such as Renault, lease the batteries out when they sell an Electric Car, so I can only assume that the same warranty reasons will apply to them.

In my opinion, when the EV batteries will need replacing in a few years’ time, then the technology that is carried out at the moment will have drastically reduced the battery prices by that time. All this new development will probably reduce the size of the batteries, to a more realistic and affordable size. Johnson controls are developing a

ev batteries

Nissan Leaf battery unit

Lithium-Ion battery at the moment that is much smaller than its predecessors.

The only reason I can think of for an EV car to need  new EV Batteries, is after an accident. Because of the battery power train size there is likely to be damage caused by an accident. This brings me to the cars insurance, is the possible scenario of a crashed EV car requiring an expensive battery going to put insurance premiums, or will the cost be spread amongst us all?

There is no doubt that the EV car will play a significant part in the future of fuel efficient cat technology, with batteries that can last for years due to the advent of silicon “Nano” battery technology and car manufacturers will keep up with these improvement trends.

The charging rates are also getting much better, with charging time expected to get down to as low as 15 minutes for an 80% charge but my money is still on Hydrogen cell technology. However, this is a good article and worth a click to read.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

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