It seems like many of us are planning to do the 6 volt swap over winter, and others have questioned it, so I figured I’d share my rationale for making the switch.
For comparison sake, I chose to compare 2 of the easiest to obtain ‘golf cart’ 6 volt batteries (the Interstate GC2-XHD UT (formerly the u2200), and the Exide GC135) to the Deka DC24 and DC27, which are deep cycle marine Group 24 and Group 27, respectively, and available under many different private label brand names.
Looking at the chart, you’ll find that 2 of the 6 volt batteries will be equal in capacity, weight, and cost to 3 of the Group 24, and like 2.5 of the Group 27s.
For me, putting 4 batteries in my boat (3 house, 1 start) will be more work than I want, so the easy choice was to get the 2 best performers I could.
Also important to note, the above chart shows MSRP - I was not able to locate a source for the Interstate batteries (which MMANDLEY is using) so I researched and located the comparable Exide, and was quoted $119 ea, further enforcing that this is the best choice for my needs.
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Thread: A Battery Discussion; 6V vs. 12V
10-18-2013, 03:19 PM #1
A Battery Discussion; 6V vs. 12VBoatBling Moomba forum member discount thread
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10-18-2013, 03:38 PM #2
Ian, I went with two Group 29 125AH marine deep cycle batteries from Costco, cost about $90 each, for my stereo bank. If you are looking to get the most play time out of two batteries, I don't think you can beat this option. And it's less expensive to boot.Al
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10-18-2013, 08:50 PM #3
The GC's will take far more punishment. This is an advantage for those spend considerable time every weekend playing the system whale at anchor.
10-19-2013, 01:21 PM #4
I prefer the 2 Golf cart batteries i run. Running 4 big amps when we stop to swim and hang out i never have to worrry about my batteries.
Also the other big reason to change was due to when we take a lot of our trips in the summer i have no way to charge the batteries other then the engine. My stereo fare exceeds my Alt output when im cranking hard. Anyone who has spent any time in my boat knows my stereo only has 3 settings.
So Loud you cant hear the person next to you shouting.
The other day i noticed i was cranking the stereo so hard the RPM guage was bouncing 400 RPM and the engine was running a consistent speed. LOL.
Also with the Pro 20 charger on board, i just switch off the batteries with my selector switch plug it in at home and it charges normally. No other modifications needed.
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10-19-2013, 09:29 PM #5
It can be hard to compare specs from battery brand to brand to brand. For example, I don't believe the specs on some of the Walmart offerings. The amount of lead is a major determining factor in performance, which can't be cheated. I tend to trust the specs when the battery weight closely corresponds as a ratio to the amp/hour capacity. There seems to be a uniform relationship with all the quality brands shown in Ian's graph so it looks legit to me.
Not included is the Deka group 31, which generally is a 15 to 20% increase in capacity over a group 27 and a nice bump over a group 29.
Various battery types (cranking, deep cycle) exchange short term peak discharge for long term continuous discharge. More plate surface area versus thicker plates. Each makes a compromise in favor of an opposing performance benefit. For large stereos played at rest for long periods, its tough to beat what golf cart batteries have to offer.
10-29-2013, 10:49 PM #6Senior Member
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i'm no audio guru but looking to revamp my stereo in the near future ... but what makes a 6 v golf cart battery better then a 12 v marine grade battery.08 lsv all red- dual battery system, kicker 700.5 and 450.2 amp, 10" kicker sub, wetsounds eq, polk db651 cabin speakers, exile xm7 tower speakers, ss thru hull fittings, seadek pad, evolutions cover
10-29-2013, 11:33 PM #7
Re: A Battery Discussion; 6V vs. 12V
I run two 6volt on my camper......... Inn the camper having a good converter for recharge is key.... Not sure how it works on the boat..... As far as trickle and not over heating. And over charging....
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10-30-2013, 02:20 AM #8
A Battery Discussion; 6V vs. 12V
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10-30-2013, 02:43 AM #9
Or get one of these
A Cat battery if you have the room and the price $290. Not uncommon in motor homes. Nice compliment to a killer stereo system.
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10-30-2013, 11:19 AM #10
At the other extreme is a deep cycle golf cart battery with thicker plates but less plate surface area. This deep cycle design will tolerate deeper discharges without degradation but isn't intended to release energy as fast.
So there are definite advantages and disadvantages to both depending on the application. But as stereos have become larger and used at rest for long durations with deeper discharges, most will prioritize maximum reserve time and longevity.