Originally Posted by Bob Miller
From the article: "In summary, deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries are very versatile and should be the first choice for renewable energy systems where maintenance can be carried out and ventilation is available."
Now, considering that the article was not based on RV applications but on "renewable energy systems"
, i.e a solar power
system etc. As such it might still be a case of comparing apples and hand grenades.
I think the solar
charging/storage system on my trailer is in fact a renewable energy system.
Regardless, I posted the site as an informational source. You may go one way or another, depending on your needs and your ability and desire to do some periodic maintenance.
AGMs were developed, per the article, for particular purposes, though they are not limited to those purposes. If you feel AGMs fit your bill, then that's what you get.
My concern is that many folks may be getting the idea that AGM or gel batteries are defacto the best choice in every instance, which is not the case.
I have witnessed in posts, as have you, a wide range of understanding of DC electrical
systems. I in no wise am an expert on the subject, but an am avid student. I have built and am experimenting with a working system, which has been through 3 seasons. Starting from ground level, I have educated myself on the subjects and wish to provide assistance to those on the path.
Obviously, if you are moving the battery
inside the trailer where there is no way to ventilate it, AGM would be the way to go. If, the location of the battery
, or inability to lift the battery
make maintenance difficult, once again AGM is the winner.
I make no argument as to the superiority of AGM, gel or flooded technologies, but point out that there is more to consider than, 'will it fit?' and can I afford it.
I'm not the one to decide where anyone should spend their nickle.