Leisure battery or Deep cycle battery Leisure battery?
This has always been a popular question from people who love to use a motor home, or as they say in the USA recreational vehicle (RV).
Unfortunately there is not an easy answer, and in most cases it depends on what you can afford to pay, the old adage of “you pay for what you get” comes into this a little. In my opinion the best type of leisure battery for your motor home would be an AGM deep cycle battery. These batteries are specifically developed for the recreational industry and one of the best products in the world is the batteries that are made by Trojan batteries in
The Varta AGM Leisure battery
Another great AGM battery in my opinion is the Varta range of Leisure batteries. Varta are also made by One of the world’s leading leisure battery makers, Johnson Controls, with factories in Europe, North America and South America. Varta are of similar quality to Trojan, but they are made is smaller, shorter sizes that suite the European motor market better than the taller, larger Trojan batteries, that are more suitable for the larger North American RV vehicles, that we are all familiar with on many American TV shows.
The Varta leisure batteries are also deep cycle and are the ones recommended on many caravan and motor home forums. Varta are very confident about the quality of their product and give a four or five year guarantee, depending on which battery that you buy, but I have heard of these batteries lasting as long as ten to fifteen years.
Like any quality item the down side of this battery is the price, they range from the LFF75 at£68.90 up to the massive LFD 230 at £215.90, but you must remember that these batteries are an investment, especially if you are considering a long journey or holiday and you need reliability and a battery that you can trust not to let you down.
This type of battery is also the most suitable choice for the advanced motor home user you is equipped with solar power facilities. The Trojan and Varta batteries will give a much larger deep cycle through dis-charging to charging, you will find the extra cost is worth it for the extra security of your battery not letting you down.
Ever since the year of 1925, Trojan Batteries have striven to make the world’s most reliable, long lasting, deep cycle batteries. They have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the keenest of the road traveler in their motor homes and caravans. Trojan batteries offer the widest range of recreational vehicle batteries to meet your demanding needs. They Range from the Deep-Cycle Flooded Series to the Maintenance-free AGM and Gel Batteries and believe me when I say that along with Varta batteries there’s no better power solution than the quality of Trojan. Wherever the journey may take you, Trojan Batteries will be along for the ride to power your motor home adventures.
The vice president of Trojan batteries, Mr Dave Godber said recently that… “Trojan’s Reliant AGM is specifically engineered for deep-cycling applications, unlike most AGM batteries on the market today which are designed for dual-purpose or standby applications, such as UPS backup, Trojan has focused on deep-cycle technology longer than any other battery manufacturer in the industry and has utilized our extensive expertise and knowledge in developing the industry’s most reliable deep-cycle AGM battery.”
Another option for the motor home fraternity is the development of the wet lead acid battery that has been adapted from the car battery. These have been introduced as “leisure batteries” and are sold under the trade names of “Numax and Lucas”. These batteries are NOT AGM or deep cycle batteries, but have been targeted at the growing leisure battery market and in my opinion have been marketed very successfully. The batteries are not fully sealed, because they are filled with free lead acid and require a pressure release valve in case of overheating, but if they happen too fall over then the acid will start to leak out over a period of time.
The plates in these batteries are made of thicker material as so to store more charge, unlike the car battery which requires a thinner larger plate that is impregnated with small holes, to give the battery muck more cold cranking amps to enable the car to start, a car requires much power upfront to start the car’s engine, whereas leisure battery needs to store more power, hence the thicker plates.
As I have said these batteries are usually much cheaper than the AGM batteries, but are of good value to the guy who uses his motor home or caravan for shorter journeys and say weekend pleasure. The Numax brand is very popular and comes in relevant sizes, but the most popular ones now are the LXV26MF and the XV31MF (110 amp). These batteries come with a three year warranty and are a very popular choice, both for quality and cost, although if you can afford it then the AGM deep cycle leisure battery is the best buy.
Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.