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Kayteg1

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Posted: 02/09/21 06:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You put 2 of 6V batteries in the row to have 12V, so converter stays untouched.





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OP, maybe look at 6V SLA batteries. Moderate cost, no maintenance + the 6V advantages.


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BradW wrote:

If you change from 12v to 6v batteries, do you have to change the converter?


No. Two 6 volt batteries connected in series is a 12v battery bank.


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anutami wrote:

Thanks for all the replies, I was looking at getting the lifelines and almost pulling the trigger, but these blems (don't come with handles) caught my eye , anyone have any experience with DEKA's?


Yes, I put Deka group 31s in my Arctic Fox 811 in 2015, THey are still going strong.

Here's that upgrade project


I HIGHLY recommend a good amp hour meter too. I run a Victron BMV 712.

Victron BMT-712 in my AF 811

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anutami wrote:



Limited unit's MSRP $328.67 for only $129.99 exchange (if no core + $28.00 core charge)


12 Volt - 105 Amp Hrs - Group 31
Sealed Maintenance Free Deep Cycle Batteries for Marine, RV, EV (Electric Vehicle), Golf Cart, UPS, Inverter, Solar Panel (Photovoltaic), Telcom, CATV and Stand-by Applications

The Deka 8A31DT (8A31DTM) is an American made AGM (absorved glass-mat) deep cycle battery.



The Deka 8A31DT (8A31DTM) is a direct replacement for any group 31 lead-acid, GEL, or AGM batteries.

Deka 8A31DT AGM Battery Specifications:
Nominal Voltage: 12V
Amp Hour Capacity @ 20 hr rate: 105 a/h
Reserve Capacity @ 25 amp discharge rate: 210 mins
BCI Group Size: 31
Marine Cranking Amps @ 32* F: 1,000 amps
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0* F: 800 amps
Weight: 69 lbs
Length: 12 15/16 in.
Width: 6 3/4 in.
Height: 9 3/8 in.
Terminal Type[emoticon]tud Terminal


These are the same as mine. Same specs and dimensions. Made by East Penn w/Duracell label. I paid $180. $130 is a dang good price. Hopefully they have a decent warranty. At that price, get 3 or even 4 of them. Find room if you have to. Sure would be nice to have 420Ah's.
One thing they seem to do well is recover quickly.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

Start loosing capacity at 10 years mark, but I used couple of them till 12 years of age.


....my old Maxtanks (AGM) are still in operation at 13 years last year (2020). I suppose replacement will be needed soon.


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I have very limited clearance at the top of my 2 battery compartments so I switched to two 6 volt AGM's not only due to no maintenance but also because they are any-position batteries so I can have the terminals facing outwards for much easier hookup.

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6v Golf cart batts have performed so superior to 12v whatever. I can't imagine any other way now. The deep discharge capability is non-destructive on purpose.

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I’ve been happy with the pair of G31 Dekas we bought about 8-9 years ago. I’ll probably replace them soon to be safe but they’ve worked really well. They are plugged in in our Lance outside 24/7/365 in the mountains and have been fairly regularly abused and run pretty low.


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Since it's kinda on topic, what is it that makes the 6v GC batt's better then 12v ones? and does the "better" status still apply if they are AGM?


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