Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
fishtolive_livetofish

Battery Shock

6 posts in this topic

Battery Shock shocked.gif (or should I say Sticker Shock) mad.gif

Just a note to anyone out there who is planning on replacing the battery(s) in the fishing boat this year; Be prepared for a price increase.

The battery manufacturers claim that the price of materials to make the batteries has increased dramatically and therefore the shelf price of the batteries had to go up. But, Holy Short Circuit, did they have to go up that much?

I just did some recent price checks at the Gander Mountain store and a Trojan deep cycle battery that cost around $80 last year is now in the $120 price range (ouch). Checking further, I discovered that the Optima batteries have kept their same (or close to it) pricing as last year, with a range from $130 to $170, depending on the capacity.

Needless to say, I’m going to look a little closer to the Optima battery this year. And, Oh yea, I’m going to take better care of the batteries in the future.

Good luck, and lets hear about it if anyone finds a good deal on batteries.

Jack

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try AA Battery in Mpls if you like Trojans...you might like the prices better!c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had great luck with the Resolute brand at Fleet Farm. They are inexpensive and they come with a 1 yr full replacement warranty and then it is a prorated warranty after that.

According to one of my buddies there are about 4 companies that make wet cell batteries. The Resolute batteries are made by the same manufacture that makes Interstate batteries. Wet cell batteries will last a long time if you take care of them.

I thought about buying Optima's but I just can't see dropping $150 for each battery. I think I paid $55 for the Resolute battery.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has the fleet farm battery in my old boat and it worked just fine. I paied around $55 for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember this, you can buy 3 batteries from fleet farm for the price of one optima. I am willing to bet that the optima will not last 3 times as long as the fleet farm batteries replaced 3 times. Did that make any sense? confused.gif I think I am confusing myself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I hope the core is worth more on return. smirk.gif

From my experience, the FF batteries have been russian roulette. More often it's costed me more in the long (or should I say short) run. One deep cycle died this summer after 5 years of use...Orbital. Use in the boat all summer and fishhouses in winter. Worth the extra money IMO for overall performance and longevity.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      The wind isn't going to help though
    • papadarv
      I live north of the metro in East Bethel so not to familiar with south metro lakes. Minnetonka, Prior, Medicine, seem to have some popularity. On the north side the Chisago City area Green, Chisago, Lindstrom, Center, and Comfort are usually productive for pan fish, northern, walleye and summer bass. Big Marine also holds some nice crappie to 14" and larger Sunfish. Forest Lake and a bit west Coon lake also holds a variety. Last year I did a fairly extensive look at DNR lake surveys within a 3 hour drive north of the metro and came up with this list that looked promising for Walleye. I have fished a few during summer, but not all, with fair success.  Here is the list. This is typically what you will find on the DNR Lake Finder site only their survey will be for all species. I just took the walleye info. The Navionics link BringAnExtension listed should give you great contours for any of the lakes your interested in.
    • Jim Uran
      Well that fell apart quickly lol, Looks like starting tuesday we won't see above freezing for a while, I saw lows in the single digits and even a - sign! 
    • mrklean
      I have a 949i hub and love it very warm and holds heat really well 
    • Big A
      Scored a lowrance Elite 5Hdi today for $169.99 (awesome sale). Plan to use this on ice and in boat for GPS purposes. Paired with the navionics app, excited to compare accuracy side x side.   If interested in the sale, it's at a store that rhymes with meander fountain..     This is an upgrade for me, I have used the app with good success. Hoping this new unit will be a bit more accurate.