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Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:17pm

Post Subject: Battery

Should the starting battery on a narrowboat be different from the domestic batteries


Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:53pm

Post Subject: Battery

Yes and no. In an ideal world starting batteries would have many thin plates and would be sized in CCA (Cold Cranking Amps)where as domestic batteries would have fewer, thicker, better supported plates and be sized in Ah. However most modern "leisure" batteries seem to sold as dual purpose. As most boaters kill their domestic batteries by sulphating them before they run out of cyclic life I doubt there is much disadvantage for the budget conscious boater. The other thing is an 80 to 90 Ah equivalent starter battery is maple for most needs where as domestic batteries tend to be 110Ah or above. Tony Brooks

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