A deep cycle marine battery is designed to use up much of
its energy. This is unlike most car batteries which are
primarily used to start up the car. After this, the alternator’s
job is to recharge the battery. The deep cycle is meant for
heavy duty loads such as boats and Recreational Vehicles
(RV). The dual purpose of the deep cycle can serve to power
the vehicle as well as small electronic device usage. These
devices will be needed when the vehicle will be used for
any extended period of time.
While a deep cycle battery is intended to use up most of its
power, it is done so at a steady pace. This makes it last a
longer period of time. It stores a large quantity of energy
when compared to a starter battery.
A key component when considering a deep cycle battery is
to know what the reserve capacity is going to be. This
basically means how long the battery will last on
continuous draw at whatever output your motor uses. This
will be important to know when a recharge of the battery
will be needed. As an aside, a recharger will be needed for
the deep cycle battery. This unit is purchased separately.
Deep cycle batteries are usually more reliable than the
starter type batteries. They need to power heavy machinery
or vehicles. Vehicles such as boats and RV’s are often going
to be in the middle of nowhere such as camping trips or
long fishing trips. Therefore, reliability is a key component
of choosing this battery.
The reserve capacity rating will give you the amount of
minutes that your battery is capable of running at full draw.
Although this will depend on the amps of what you are
powering. The rating is based on a motor or device that is
powered at 25 amps. If your motor is different than you will
need to make sure to adjust accordingly.
Another great feature of deep cycle batteries is that they
are relatively inexpensive. Depending on the type that you
buy you can easily pick one up for under $100. There are
solar models that recharge themselves but they are more
expensive. However, you will not need to purchase a
separate recharger when you buy one of these. Also, the
solar models are more ecologically friendly. With that in
mind, choosing this type of battery can not only power
your boat but can help reduce waste to the environment.
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