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    Default Buying batteries

    In Anchorage where is the best place $$$ wise to buy batteries for your boat. I'm looking for Deep cycle.. I need to batteries to cranck twin 115 and run everything on the boat.
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    Default optima gell cell

    got one for each of my 150's never had a problem ,
    thought i saw them at costco the other day, if not Battery Specialists here in Anch has them.

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    Interstate batteries in south ANC. Can't remember the name of the street. You turn north off of Diamond across from costco. Those guys are awesome!

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    Default Good Company

    Interstate Batteries in south Anchorage is one of those gems you come across every now and then. Vern is the owner; Great guy. Very honest.
    Very knowledgeable. He is a business neighbor in that warehouse area off King St. The name of the street he's on is " Schoon St." Same one Red Robin is on.

    I could tell Vern stories of the times he's gone way-beyond the typical service one's used to getting, but-- I won't. He's a character, too.
    I'm smiling now just wondering what contraption he's come up or improved upon THIS year to sweep his parking area of gravel...

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    My research based upon talking to other boat owners and comparing specs and weight lead me to purchase the Sears Marine AGM batteries. Two sizes, one weighs about 75 pounds and the other weighs 53. These batteries are rated for both deep cycle and starting.
    I purchased several of these:
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...rine+Batteries
    My Optimax requires a starting battery with at least 1000 MCA and this battery is rated for 1100 MCA. Out of all the batteries I researched none has as much power for the weight as these with the exception of the Cabelas AGM battery which they will not ship to Alaska.

    Three year replacement warranty. Pricey at $199 each but I hope they are worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwolfe View Post
    My research based upon talking to other boat owners and comparing specs and weight lead me to purchase the Sears Marine AGM batteries. Two sizes, one weighs about 75 pounds and the other weighs 53. These batteries are rated for both deep cycle and starting.
    I purchased several of these:
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...rine+Batteries
    My Optimax requires a starting battery with at least 1000 MCA and this battery is rated for 1100 MCA. Out of all the batteries I researched none has as much power for the weight as these with the exception of the Cabelas AGM battery which they will not ship to Alaska.

    Three year replacement warranty. Pricey at $199 each but I hope they are worth it.

    How much are they?
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    some good info on marine batteries


    http://powerboat.about.com/od/batter...ery_buying.htm

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    $199. The price was in my posting
    However, if my Optimax did not require 1,000 MCA's I would of most likely chosen a less expensive battery.
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    Default I second Interstate Batteries

    I am replacing mine this weekend. The current ones in there have lasted 4 seasons. Never had a problem once. Going with Interstate again and I get them Alaska Performance RV and Marine off Arctic and Raspberry. Alot cheaper than those sears ones. Can get 2 for the price of one. Not sure on his prices. My dad is an employee so I get good prices, But still pretty good otherwise. He uses them in his own boat with twin 225 two stokes. Tim-the owner, was telling me he replaces his every other year, cheap insurance. If you go there, tell him Eric's son sent you in. Great guys there.

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    Thumbs up You get what you pay for!

    Regardless of where you buy from, you will always get what you pay for. Sears usually has the best free replacement warranties. I cant remember how long, I think it is a year free replacement and it is adjusted after that. Good warranty for how hard boaters are on them. Give them a call for pricing.
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    The Sears AGM batteries have a 3 year, free replacement warranty. Still, I do think they are pricey but they pack a lot of power for there size (weight). I have not been able to find any other battery you can purchase locally that cranks out 1100 MCA's and only weighs 53 pounds. Boaters over at the Hull Truth think very highly of them.
    I am willing to give them a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    In Anchorage where is the best place $$$ wise to buy batteries for your boat. I'm looking for Deep cycle.. I need to batteries to cranck twin 115 and run everything on the boat.
    The cheapest if you are into lead/acid is probably Walmart and Costco. And they are good - made by Johnson Control Group, and I have never had a battery fail (unless it was really old) with their batteries. The AGMs are too stinking expensive for my taste. And, you don't need a million amps to crank and start your engines.

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    New to this whole buying battery for the boat..... Just don't want to get caught on the water with an under power battery.
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    Install a battery isolator, if you don't have one already. Run your electronics off of one and keep your starting battery for starting only. Charge your "fun" battery when you are running with the main motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    New to this whole buying battery for the boat..... Just don't want to get caught on the water with an under power battery.

    I think if you follow the rule of switching out your batteries every three or four years you will be fine with the one's sold by Wal Mart or Napa.
    Consumer Reports tested batteries awhile back and they rated the Wal Mart and Napa versions well above the brand that Costco sells (and I LOVE Costco).

    We do get what we pay for though. The AGM's can not freeze, have more power for there weight, and are not damaged by vibration. They are also rated for both starting and deep cycle and have a three year warranty with free replacement.

    Most people are changing out there boat batteries every three years. I hope I get six years of life out of these making the expense in the long run equal to purchasing less expensive batteries to start with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Install a battery isolator, if you don't have one already. Run your electronics off of one and keep your starting battery for starting only. Charge your "fun" battery when you are running with the main motor.

    While this is a good idea, I have seen them drain the batt. all by themselves on several occasions. You are much better off with a solenoid to isolate the battery.

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    Costco and Walmart batteries are both made by the same company - Johnson Control Group. They batteries should be nearly the same, if not identical. I think CR got confused.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwolfe View Post
    I think if you follow the rule of switching out your batteries every three or four years you will be fine with the one's sold by Wal Mart or Napa.
    Consumer Reports tested batteries awhile back and they rated the Wal Mart and Napa versions well above the brand that Costco sells (and I LOVE Costco).

    We do get what we pay for though. The AGM's can not freeze, have more power for there weight, and are not damaged by vibration. They are also rated for both starting and deep cycle and have a three year warranty with free replacement.

    Most people are changing out there boat batteries every three years. I hope I get six years of life out of these making the expense in the long run equal to purchasing less expensive batteries to start with.

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    Default Dont For Get The Jump Box !

    I THINK A NORMAL DEEP CYCLE MARINE BATTERY IS
    GOOD ENOUGH. WE USUAL HAVE TO SWITCH OF BATTERY'S EVER THREE YEARS ANY WAY. I HAVE BEEN CARRYING A SMALL HIGH POWER LIGHT WEIGHT JUMPER BATTERY OR JUMP BOX. I DON'T CARE WHAT KIND OFF BATTERY YOU GOT ,YOU FORGET [I HAVE] TO SWITCH SOME THING-OFF ,AND IT DRAIN S THE BATTERY. BAD START . I HAVE HAD THE VOLTAGE REGULATOR GO OUT IN THE BOAT, NOT CHARGEING THE BATTERY'S . I ALSO HAD TO RUN HALF WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY
    WITH A JUMP BOX HOOK UP TO ONE OF MY EFI SLEDS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.R. Bauer View Post
    Costco and Walmart batteries are both made by the same company - Johnson Control Group. They batteries should be nearly the same, if not identical. I think CR got confused.
    Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart) models.

    Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries.

    Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStarts
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.R. Bauer View Post
    Costco and Walmart batteries are both made by the same company - Johnson Control Group. They batteries should be nearly the same, if not identical. I think CR got confused.
    Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart) models.

    Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries.

    Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStarts

    This information is only as valid as the internet But this is what my research found out. But it would explain why Costco batteries were rated less than Wal Marts and the Napa versions. But everyone I talked to agreed either the Cabelas or sears AGM batteries were the best, and most expensive.
    Cabelas will not ship there batteries to Alaska.
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