RV + Marine
Choose The Right RV Battery.
There are a wide variety of RV batteries available for a wide variety of RV’s. Pacific Batteries Surrey and Maple Ridge have all of the RV batteries and can give you the information you need to pick the right batteries in an easy to understand fashion.
Typically they are called house batteries (the deep cycles to power the lights and appliances) or starting batteries to start the engine.
A common way of getting enough power for your RV when you are not plugged in is to go with what are referred to as golf cart batteries (also known as house batteries). These are 6 volt RV batteries that with one cable to join them, become a 12 volt battery to match up with your 12 volt system in your RV. They have about 120 pounds of lead between them, and this means they can go a long time before they need charging. They are typically available in light duty, heavy duty, lead acid, lithium and AGM.
A pair of these batteries (they only work in pairs) last a typical camper about 5 days not plugged in. It can be more, it can be less, but we can give you good advice for what type will work best for you and how many are required for your needs.
They also come in 12 volt lead acid versions that are enough for a day or two of off grid camping.
It has even gone to 12 volt lithium batteries that have crazy long lifespans. There are typically 3 common 12 volt sizes, with the rule of thumb being the bigger they are, the longer they last between charges.
At Pacific Batteries Surrey and Maple Ridge we can tell you what you need to consider about your RV batteries to make the right choice in an easy to understand and friendly way.
There are many types of batteries for marine use, and at Pacific Batteries Maple Ridge and Surrey we can help you sort out what marine battery will work best for your needs.
A marine battery comes in a couple of main categories, those being a battery that starts the boat’s engine, and/or a battery that runs the lights and stereo and other electronics. These two types of batteries are built differently on the inside, and using the right one will give you years of trouble free use of your boat.
Electric trolling motors have their own requirements from a battery and we carry all the versions and sizes to make sure you get the best value for your particular set up. A common question we get is what size trolling motor battery do I need?
As a rule of thumb each pound of thrust equals 1 amp hour. A car sized deep cycle battery is rated around 90 amp hours. So if you have a 30 pound thrust electric trolling motor, it will use up 30 amp hours from the fully charged battery in one hour at full throttle.
A deep cycle lead acid battery should generally only be drained down 50% for it’s long term health.
So an electric motor car sized deep cycle battery at full throttle will last about an hour and a half to reach 50% battery capacity remaining.
(30 pounds thrust x 1.5 hours = 45 amp hours) (50% of 90 amp hours = 45 amp hours)
You aren’t likely to go full thrust, so at say 1⁄4 speed you would get 6 hours run time from that battery. (4 x 1.5 hrs) Keep in mind of course, you may need to go full throttle in a storm or something to get back to shore, so it’s worth asking what your options are for the best size and design and material of battery for your usage. Call us or drop by anytime for a completely friendly and easy way to understand what battery will work best for you.
The two main types of battery (starting or deep cycle) for a boat come in different options in the material used in the construction of the battery as well. The lead acid version offers the lowest price, the AGM version offers spill proof, vibration proof, and can be drained farther down than a lead acid. They also tend to have a longer lifespan and much less maintenance.
Here at Pacific Batteries Maple Ridge and Surrey we carry batteries for everything from a yacht to a dinghy, so always feel free to call or email or come in to explore the deals you can get.
We test all of the marine batteries new and reconditioned, to make sure you get the quality and price you need, and as always, just ask our experts any questions you may have, we are always happy to steer you in the right direction at the right price.