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#11117648 - 09/21/15 11:52 AM What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes?
DEFMP Offline
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Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 299
Loc: DFW
Looking for what attribute to focus on when buying new deep cycle batteries: Cold Cranking, Marine Cranking, or reserve?

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#11117680 - 09/21/15 12:09 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: DEFMP]
epicoutdoors Offline
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Registered: 02/18/08
Posts: 1816
Loc: On The Water NE Texas
What's your budget? Trojan AGM's are excellent all around as are some others. Reliable and long lasting power.

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#11117720 - 09/21/15 12:34 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: DEFMP]
T Bird Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
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Loc: Temple, Texas USA
Amount of reserve capacity is what I look for.
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#11117854 - 09/21/15 01:57 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: T Bird]
coachallentca Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
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Loc: crowley
Originally Posted By: T Bird
Amount of reserve capacity is what I look for.



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#11118001 - 09/21/15 03:02 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: DEFMP]
Lou r Pitcher Offline
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Two attributes are very important for choosing deep cycle batteries:

1) Reserve Capacity (RC minutes)
2) Allowable safe dishcharge %.

You will have to research safe discharge %. Example: A 200 minute flooded lead acid will typically only allow a 50% safe discharge and is a smaller battery with less capacity to run your trolling motor than a 140 minute battery such as an Odyssey AGM*.

*The Odyssey AGM can be safely discharged using up to 80% of its rated capacity and deliver over 400 discharge/charge cycles in its life. (100 usable minutes < 112 usable minutes)
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#11118077 - 09/21/15 03:36 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: DEFMP]
HappyHooker Offline
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Registered: 03/05/05
Posts: 353
Loc: Pasadena, Texas
Reserve capacity for trolling motor and cold cranking amps for starting battery. The higher RC the longer they will last throughout the day and you don't discharge them as much so you will get more cycles (charges/discharges) out of them I just bought some Interstate SRM-29's deep cylcle for my trolling motor. They have a RC of 210 and for the 129.95 price I couldn't beat them. My last set of Interstates were going on 4 years when I sold my boat and still going strong. Best flooded cell battery out there IMO.
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#11118289 - 09/21/15 04:56 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: DEFMP]
Billy Blazer 300 HPDI Offline
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Registered: 08/16/08
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Loc: Pearland Texas/Rayburn Country...
Plugged into a charger the night before is always a good attribute !!
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#11118380 - 09/21/15 05:36 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: Lou r Pitcher]
Kyle405 Offline
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Registered: 06/26/15
Posts: 210
Loc: Ellis County, Tx.
Originally Posted By: Lou r Pitcher
Two attributes are very important for choosing deep cycle batteries:

1) Reserve Capacity (RC minutes)
2) Allowable safe dishcharge %.

You will have to research safe discharge %. Example: A 200 minute flooded lead acid will typically only allow a 50% safe discharge and is a smaller battery with less capacity to run your trolling motor than a 140 minute battery such as an Odyssey AGM*.

*The Odyssey AGM can be safely discharged using up to 80% of its rated capacity and deliver over 400
discharge/charge cycles in its life. (100 usable minutes < 112 usable minutes)



This is spot on. I'm a stickler for good name brands on marine batteries. But I've had a few mechanics and people in the industry tell me there's 2 different factories that make them and companies just place them into their plastic container and throw stickers on them.

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#11118761 - 09/21/15 08:41 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: Kyle405]
NCSkeeter Offline
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Registered: 05/19/10
Posts: 53
Loc: Lake Gaston, NC & Holly Spring...
Agree w/ Kyle405, and that's coming from an electrical engineer.

Also, about the brand, I had an ex whose dad worked for Johnson Controls. They make more batteries than anyone, but is a brand most people aren't familiar with. They are relabeled and sold under other brand names.


Edited by NCSkeeter (09/21/15 08:43 PM)

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#11118935 - 09/21/15 09:50 PM Re: What is the most important trolling motor battery attributes? [Re: DEFMP]
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Johnson Controls is the leading supplier of batteries to many of the largest aftermarket battery retailers, including Advance Auto Parts, DAISA S.A., AutoZone, Costco, NAPA, Interstate Batteries, Walmart and more. Powering virtually every type of passenger car, light truck and utility vehicle, our batteries are globally sold under private labels, as well as our own brands – VARTA®, Heliar®, LTH®, MAC® and OPTIMA®.
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