9842Gel Lead Acid Replacement Batteries
- Jun 11, 2014
When looking into replacing the 52 batteries in the van I came across a number of different options and was hoping to get some feedback/advice.
The batteries have the following specs:
The original batteries in the van are Deka Dominator 8G24NH. These cost $262 EA from a Deka distributor with a total cost of $13624When looking online I found a few alternatives for less money and wanted to know what y'all thought of them or if you had any other suggestions as to where I should look for this type of battery.$189.95 EA w/ $3746.60 savings over Deka.This option appears to have the same case and terminal as the Deka battery and is the #1 contender.
- AGM/gel lead acid type
- Size 24
- 12v operational (14v max)
- Rated for 74 Amp Hours @ 20 Hours
- 335 Cold Cranking Amps
$128.95 EA w/ $6918.60 savings over Deka
These are chinese and I question their reliability (I have had unfavorable experiences with smaller scale chinese replacement batteries).
$256.68 EA w/ $276.64 savings over Deka
These appear to be really high quality (oooh, gold plated terminals) but will require adaptors that will eat up any potential savings (@ ~$4 per battery or ~$200 total).$217.95 EA w/ $2290.60 savings over DekaThese seem like a worthy competitor though they will require adaptors (same as above).
A conversion to lithium is not realistic right now considering the batteries will cost around 1.5-2 times as much and other components (charger, etc.) will need to be replaced or modified.
The potential savings with some of these alternate batteries are pretty large, but I don't want to sacrifice reliability or battery life in the name of saving a few bucks now because it can come back to bite me in the long run.
Thank you for any input,
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