Boat Safety - A Decent Battery is Essential

Boat Safety – A Decent Battery is Essential

As a long time boating enthusiast, both on the open ocean and inland waterways and lakes, I have always thought that many boat owners fail to ensure that their electrical system is adequate, indeed many are flippant about the types of batteries they use.

There are many tales of persons getting into serious difficulties on large expanses of open water, due to an inability to start motors when their battery fails. So many people think that an old disused automotive battery is adequate for their needs when in fact, they should be kitting their vessel out with a battery designed for marine use.

At the minimum, a marine hybrid battery should be considered, they tend to have heavier plates than your typical auto batteries and have better Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) specifications than car batteries.

A true deep cycle marine battery is considerably more costly, but if that is the requirement for your application, then using anything less is at the least, foolhardy, and at worst, downright dangerous.

If you need a battery for small marine applications, the marine dual-purpose batteries from companies like Duralast will generally serve the purpose. I have successfully used on for around 5 seasons, and will always retire it then. These hybrid batteries are available from Autozone stores and are very reasonably priced. They are pretty good for most small scale marine and RV uses. Not the best batteries in the world, but a step up from the standard car battery.

I would recommend that anyone considering open water adventures takes a look at their requirements, and ensures that the battery, and indeed the charger, is well suited to the use you intend to put it to. I recommend using a smart technology charger that will keep your battery in tiptop condition.…

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A Hybrid Battery Replacement

A Hybrid Battery Replacement

It was a cold and windy morning. One of those where I could not wait to get the car started and warmed up so I could turn the heater on. When I went to start the car, nothing at all occurred. As I looked toward the middle of the dashboard I saw that the red triangle lit up. The battery was dead.

My time had come. To find a hybrid battery replacement for my car. I pulled out the yellow pages on my lunch break and started calling some dealerships to see how much a hybrid battery replacement would cost me. I was in shock about the price range. A hybrid battery replacement was going to run me an average of four digits.

So it all came down to the fact that I had three options to find a hybrid battery replacement and get my car back on the road. Which became a top priority on my list. I have a wife and she was going to have a baby in a month. So I had no choice. I needed to find a hybrid battery replacement with no time to go bargain shopping.

So I had three options in my adventure to find a hybrid battery replacement.

 I could call around and see how much a rebuilt battery would cost.  I could purchase a new battery for my car to replace the dead one I had.  The last one on the list was to just go out and buy a new car.

From all the dealerships I called the price for a hybrid battery replacement was the same. It would cost me four thousand dollars. The battery was eight years old with a couple of months added on top of that. Remembering it was guaranteed I pulled out the warranty …

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