Originally Posted by honda03842
Bill, I never really thought much about it until I listened to others. I'm continuously amazed when I read about the AMG batteries when are Trojan 105s seemed to last forever.
We always carry distilled water for our batteries to top them off with the right stuff.
I agree. Trojan SLA's are really hard to beat. When I moved into my house, there were 20 Trojan L16s (these have twice the capacity of T105s). This was a HUGE, poorly designed battery
bank that was severely under charged for it's entire life. Despite that, they still lasted 8 year. I ended up replacing them with much smaller fork lift battery
. It has about 1/4 the capacity of the previous bank, but is sized appropriately and therefore requires a lot less generator
time. It works great and hopefully will continue to for the next 15 years.
I seriously considered getting AGMs for the scamp
since I want to put them inside, but in the end I decided it was more economical to install SLAs in a sealed/ventilated compartment. I also like being able to monitor specific gravities. I ended up buying Costco batteries this time around. Even I only get a few years out of them, they will give me an opportunity to get the setup figured. Once I get everything dialed in, I won't have a problem spending the extra $$ on Trojans.