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#11550553 - 04/18/16 02:11 PM Boat Battery
skeeterfan Offline
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Registered: 11/11/15
Posts: 123
I am getting ready to add 2 Helix 10's and a Talon to a boat. Is there any brand of battery or heavier duty unit that works best for starting and the additional devices?

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#11550554 - 04/18/16 02:12 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: skeeterfan]
Troutnout Offline
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Registered: 05/31/14
Posts: 283
Optima
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#11550594 - 04/18/16 02:33 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: skeeterfan]
PlanoScott Offline
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Registered: 01/04/04
Posts: 148
Loc: Plano, Texas 75075
Go with Optima for the cranking battery.
They are a little more expensive but they have a two year (full money back) warranty.
I had one go bad after 10 months with a bad cell and Sam's Club replaced it free of charge.

One piece of advice when it comes to Talons.
I have two on my Triton and discovered that they will drain your battery if you don't have
a way to disconnect them, i.e., an off/on switch, fuse or battery clips that can be easily removed.

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#11550626 - 04/18/16 02:51 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: skeeterfan]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 1564
Loc: Magnolia, TX
A good brand is always a good plan, but what you want from whatever you get is CAPACITY! That means get a huge battery. So, that rules out Group 24 and Group 27 size batteries. You want to join the world of Group 29 or 31 for your starting battery. You'll need a new battery tray, and room for it. If you do get an Optima, be aware that T&H makes special SKU battery trays for them. It's a regular battery tray with 2 inserts included that fit into the rectangular tray so that the odd-shaped Optima is held securely in place.

Optima Battery Tray

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#11550649 - 04/18/16 03:07 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: Flippin-Out]
Radar19871 Offline
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Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 27
DO NOT! get the standard Group 27 optima blue top. I have 2-12's, a 10, and a 7, and the optima will not make it through the day if I use my live wells even a little. I cant tell you how many times I have had to move my motor lines over to one of the trolling batteries to get back to weigh in. I have Monster X2 power group 31's for my trolling motor and highly recommend them. I only put the optima as starting because I had it brand new and wanted to keep my 3 trolling batteries all the same, needless to say I have to now replace the optima new or not.


Edited by Radar19871 (04/18/16 03:08 PM)

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#11550795 - 04/18/16 04:35 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: skeeterfan]
Troutnout Offline
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Registered: 05/31/14
Posts: 283
A group 31 Optima blue top will run a 12 and 9 and all pumps, and 2 powerpoles for the entire day. 3 year full warranty...
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#11550799 - 04/18/16 04:38 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: skeeterfan]
skeeterfan Offline
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Registered: 11/11/15
Posts: 123
Great responses. Thnx

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#11550808 - 04/18/16 04:49 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: skeeterfan]
DatBeaux Offline
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Registered: 03/06/09
Posts: 20
Before you go run off and buy Optima batteries take a look into Odyssey batteries. Most of your pros who are not sponsored by a battery company are running Odyssey. Not saying all things the pros do is right but they are running their boat day in and day out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKnwOHofM_I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_aQuSC8ajE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pI9PcHn7eE


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#11550814 - 04/18/16 04:54 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: DatBeaux]
Radar19871 Offline
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Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 27
What he said, Odeyssey and X2 are basically same technology.

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#11551060 - 04/18/16 07:21 PM Re: Boat Battery [Re: skeeterfan]
SkeeterRonnie Offline
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Posts: 52463
Loc: Forney TX
Sears AGM group 31/34 size. If you're spending the dough on the accessories, don't skimp on the power source
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