Have you ever heard the concept that keeping your deep cycle battery above 50% will extend its life?
We recently chatted with the guys from Fullriver who manufacture a wide range of deep cycles to get the run down of how this works.
As you may know the expected life span of a good quality AGM is up to 5 years. This is relative to the number of cycles a battery goes through.
For example a Fullriver AGM DC Series will complete approximately 450 cycles at 80% discharge, simply keeping the battery above 50% this cycle rate increases to an impressive 740 cycles. Resulting in nearly doubling its life.
At around $385.00 a battery, you can see how this simple trick could save you hundreds of dollars.
So how do you monitor your system to keep you battery above 50%?
A simple volt meter guage could be the answer. At only $24.95 this little gadget will help to keep you investement returning power for a long time to come.
On the guage 12.8V is fully charged and 12.2V is 50% capacity so by simply monitoring your voltage will pay vidends in the long run. To puchase a guage online <CLICK HERE>
For a more detailed solution The team at JTS also have a complete battery monitoring system call the BM-1.
The BM-1 Compact is especially designed for applications where space is at a premium. Caravans, mobile homes, RV’s, small boats
It is able to monitor the performance of any 12 Volt lead acid battery system with a capacity up to 600 AmpHours. The BM-1 is supplied with a precision 100 Amp shunt and prefabricated cables to enable simple DIY installation.
The BM-1 dosn’t just monitor the voltage, it is also monitoring the current (charge or discharge) and calculates the state of charge together with the time remaining to charge or discharge the battery.
Operation is very simple. One screen displays the voltage, current (charge or discharge) and a bar graph showing the remaining capacity. A flashing alarm is also included to warn if the capacity is getting too low. A second screen shows the remaining time available at the current charge/discharge rate together with the remaining capacity in both analog and digital format.
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