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Old 09-22-2019, 01:16 AM   #1
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Anybody had good or back luck with a lower cost battery such as the Renogy? I need to replace my battery pretty soon & am debating whether to go budget or something a lot more expensive. I don't want to add a box and venting so I'm sticking with AGM.

How many years, or days of off grid camping do folks get out of a battery?
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:44 PM   #2
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I've not had a Renogy, so no help there.

You asked how long does a battery last without stating how many amp hours the battery is or how many amp hours of power you will use in a day. Cannot answer without more specifics, sorry.

I have a theoretical 100 amp hours of battery, lead acid. I can go three nights if I don't require the Fantastic fan or the furnace running. But I don't use all that much power, maybe 20 ah/day assuming the above are not used more than a little bit.
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Old 09-22-2019, 06:14 PM   #3
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Anybody had good or back luck with a lower cost battery such as the Renogy? I need to replace my battery pretty soon & am debating whether to go budget or something a lot more expensive. I don't want to add a box and venting so I'm sticking with AGM.

How many years, or days of off grid camping do folks get out of a battery?
I think you're asking about life of the battery. Renogy reviews seem ok, but I don't have first hand experience. Some on this forum report many years of use out of various lead-acid battery types (of which AGM's are one).

In general, all batteries have a recharge cycle-life that can be from hundreds to thousands of times. While any particular brand or even a particular sample from that brand will vary, the depth-of-discharge is the main factor in overall battery life.

The deeper you take it down, the more harm. You want to stay at 50% discharge or less to avoid significant damage that will lessen the cycle-life. Also, charge the battery back up as quickly as you can. Best not to let it sit at a significant discharge level for very long. They like to be stored "topped up".
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Yes, I'm asking about total life. I understand the basics, and they rate them based on number of cycles and depth of discharge, but I don't think a battery in a campervan/RV will get the rated number of cycles out of it.
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Yes, I'm asking about total life. I understand the basics, and they rate them based on number of cycles and depth of discharge, but I don't think a battery in a campervan/RV will get the rated number of cycles out of it.
You're probably right. Age will get a battery before cycles unless it is perfectly maintained. And in the real world, that doesn't happen.

I'm replacing an 18 month old set of lead-acids that now want to rest at 12.45 volts. I've never discharged them past 60% and kept them topped regularly with distilled water. Maybe sulfation beyond what a de-sulfation cycle will correct? Whatever reason, a $140 pair will set me right.
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Yes, I'm asking about total life. I understand the basics, and they rate them based on number of cycles and depth of discharge, but I don't think a battery in a campervan/RV will get the rated number of cycles out of it.
You're probably right. Age will get a battery before cycles unless it is perfectly maintained. And in the real world, that doesn't happen.

I'm replacing an 18 month old set of lead-acids that now want to rest at 12.45 volts. I've never discharged them past 60%, kept them topped regularly with distilled water, and thought my charger was keeping them maintained. Maybe sulfation beyond what a de-sulfation cycle will correct? Whatever reason, a $140 pair will set me right.
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You're probably right. Age will get a battery before cycles unless it is perfectly maintained. And in the real world, that doesn't happen.

I'm replacing an 18 month old set of lead-acids that now want to rest at 12.45 volts. I've never discharged them past 60%, kept them topped regularly with distilled water, and thought my charger was keeping them maintained. Maybe sulfation beyond what a de-sulfation cycle will correct? Whatever reason, a $140 pair will set me right.

I think the critical part of this statement is that rowiebowie thought the charger was keeping them maintained, which would mean getting fully charged regularly to a true 100% full. Low resting voltage and likely quite reduced capacity, probably due to undercharging, will wreck batteries at least as quickly as deep discharges, and is extremely common with the chargers that are available reasonably priced.
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