Battery Recommendation

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  1. Gina LeBlanc

    Gina LeBlanc New Member

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    So after inspection... (we were trying to pop the top) it has a label that says "maintenance free", this means it isnt a flooded?
     
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    Many maintenance free batteries are still flooded batteries.
     
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    The UP EV24 is a flooded lead acid battery.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    use it for the core charge/exchange (or boat anchor)
     
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    I have a 2011 Flagstaff Classic 625D with the power winch as well. I use a pair of golf cart batteries - they fit perfectly, one on each side of the cable that passes thru to the winch.
     
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    Okay. So we will need to add water?
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    Some batteries mark maintenance free have no way to add water.
     
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    Not wanting to hijack the OP's thread, but this is a question I wondered - can I add water to my battery? This is what I have: https://www.samsclub.com/p/duracell-marine-battery-group-size-24dcc/prod3590221?xid=plp_product_1_1
    I took it to my last camping trip at the Smoky's and used it for two nights - mostly LED lights. Came back and measured the volts and it was 12.something. (well, I think it got recharged by the TV when pulling back...). So, it did good! :). But the question is (I don't think so), but can I add water to this one?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    Please charge your battery fully, ASAP.
    You can check the electrolyte level by pull the 2 caps and take a look.
    Plates need to be covered with fluid, then ya fully charge, then you top off if needed, no not fill above the bottom of the tubes in each cell (1/8" lower than the well is ideal).
    charging/testing/watering
    https://www.trojanbattery.com/tech-support/battery-maintenance/
     
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    Hi @rabird , after posing the question, I looked at the Q&A section at Samsclub.com for this battery and someone asked if this is a 'maintenance free', and the answer was YES. Does this mean I do not have to top it off with water (or I probably can't). Thanks for your help!
     
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    That Duracell battery has two caps that are removable that cover the cells giving you the ability to check the level of the water. Most maintenance-free batteries are sealed preventing the ability to check the water (aka electrolyte) level of the battery.
     
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    Thanks! So you are saying even if this is a maintenance free battery (according to the Q&A section on Samsclub website), I should be able to remove the caps? I will try that today. Thanks again!
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    if you peruse this document carefully you will find the 24DCC is not maintenance free, look for 'filler caps' under "types of flooded marine/rv batteries"
    https://www.eastpennmanufacturing.c...RV-Battery-Care-Maintenance-Brochure-0273.pdf

    as note the section ACCESSIBLE TYPES, WITH FILLER CAPS:

    also this doc
    https://www.eastpennmanufacturing.com/wp-content/uploads/Deka-Marine-Complete-Line-Brochure-0181.pdf

    and the spec sheet, your duracell 24DCC is the DC24 by Deka.
    https://www.eastpennmanufacturing.com/wp-content/uploads/Marine-Master-Spec-Sheet-0194.pdf
     
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