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Old 12-03-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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2015 Voltage 3305 Battery set up

Hello all,
I had a 2006 Weekend Warrior in which I ran two deep cycle marine batteries in parallel.
I just bought a 2015 Voltage 3305 and am looking to replace the stock single battery with three or four 12 volt batteries run in parallel. I am looking for any suggestions/recommendations. I will eventually be adding solar panels. I was thinking about the Optima yellow or blue tops. Any thoughts?

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Old 12-03-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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I would check these out also before you decide. http://www.amazon.com/Vmaxtanks-Vmax...417639410&sr=1
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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If you are willing to take the hit on weight with adding more batteries like that, I suggest looking at using 6V batteries. You will have more reserve capacity with the 12V batteries in parallel, but a 6V battery bank will charge faster, which may be advantageous if you are going to use solar panels for charging.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:08 PM   #4
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Old 12-05-2014, 01:38 AM   #5
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I had considered going with 6V golf cart batteries, but I was concerned about what would happen if one goes bad. They have to be run in series (as pairs) to get 12V and if one goes bad, I would be left with the capacity of a single 12V battery. I store my camper in the Las Vegas area and camp there and Utah. The desert heat rarely allows a battery to last more than three years.
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Old 12-05-2014, 01:42 PM   #6
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You can get AGM batteries in 6V. They are far, far less prone to be affected by heat like a battery that you constantly have to add water to.


I had to replace a battery on my truck a couple of years ago. Since they recommend you replace both at once, I bit the bullet and replaced them with AGMs. Best decision I could have made. The batteries have subsequently been with the truck for over 50K miles in heat from Death Valley and cold to, well, the Colorado mountains. They have a full (not pro-rated) replacement warranty for 5 years and I expect them to last that long, maybe longer.


If you go with AGMs you WILL pay more, but IMO it is worth the added cost.
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You can get AGM batteries in 6V. They are far, far less prone to be affected by heat like a battery that you constantly have to add water to.


I had to replace a battery on my truck a couple of years ago. Since they recommend you replace both at once, I bit the bullet and replaced them with AGMs. Best decision I could have made. The batteries have subsequently been with the truck for over 50K miles in heat from Death Valley and cold to, well, the Colorado mountains. They have a full (not pro-rated) replacement warranty for 5 years and I expect them to last that long, maybe longer.

If you go with AGMs you WILL pay more, but IMO it is worth the added cost.
I agree but for the price of (2) 6v AGM you can get (2) 12 AGM's & have 250 Ah compared to 225 for the 6v set-up.
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I agree but for the price of (2) 6v AGM you can get (2) 12 AGM's & have 250 Ah compared to 225 for the 6v set-up.
Yes, I agree. The only advantage to the 6V batteries would be the shorter charging times.
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How much shorter would the charge times be? I am thinking about replacing my battery and getting some added capacity, but I am totally confused when it comes to electrical formulas. I have read about the 6 volt systems being the way to go, but the 12 volt systems have more capacity!?! Granted, my research has not been in-depth, but this is the first time I have heard about shorter charging times being an advantage of the 6V.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:54 PM   #10
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The explanation I got was because a 6V battery has heavier plates than a 12V battery. That is why a 6V battery has a longer life expectancy, and, as I was told, why it charges faster. Darned if I can find a specific reference to back that up, however. I'll keep looking.
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