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How to Select and Buy Leisure Batteries by Alpha Batteries

Whether you are an occasional camper or more of a committed off-grid, outdoors type, leisure batteries are vital if you want to have access to power when you most need it. Picking the right model for your needs can be a bit of a minefield, especially with so many products on the market, so here’s our quick guide to hassle free buying to ensure you get the right battery to suit your needs. 

What is Your Current Battery?

First off, a simple solution is to check what battery you are currently using and find a similar replacement by searching online. This is the perfect option if your needs are being currently being met and the model you have has just reached the end of its natural life. Another choice is to check the specs and search for similar models and makes to find the best deal.

You might, however, not be happy with your current leisure battery and want to replace it either because it’s not the right size or doesn’t provide enough power for your needs. In which case, you should measure the battery space and find a model that fits that particular area. Especially if you are finding yourself having to replace a battery regularly or need to recharge too often, it could be that you are not getting the right amount of power for your requirements.

What Does Your Leisure Battery Need to Provide?

A lot will depend on whether you use the battery for occasional trips or need something a little longer lasting and with more power. If you are spending a good deal of time out on the road or are going on frequent longer breaks, then you will want something with more power and charge life. The choice comes down to whether you buy a dual-purpose leisure battery or a semi-traction leisure battery.

Dual-Purpose Leisure Batteries

If you are into the occasional trip and just need something to provide power for a couple of days or so, when you pop out in your caravan or head off with your motorboat, a dual-purpose leisure battery is cost effective and will do the job you need it to do. There are a few different ranges of battery to suit most budgets but if you want something that is reliable choosing a slightly more expensive option is a good idea. Well-known brands for these kind of leisure batteries are Platinum and Lucas.

Semi-Traction Leisure Batteries

If you spend more time on the road and want something that is going to stand the test of time and has a good deal of charging capacity, you definitely need to opt for a semi-traction leisure battery. These are designed to be used for longer trips but are more expensive. For those who need regular power, however, it is the most cost effective solution in the long term. They recharge about 50% more before needing to be replaced than standard dual-purpose leisure batteries. Well-known and reliable brands are Trojan, Banner, Exide and Varda.

Choice of leisure battery depends on a trade-off between cost and efficiency that meet your requirements. You will also need to buy a reliable battery charger too if you don’t already have one. It helps to be aware of some of the terminology if you are not technologically minded. First of all, most leisure batteries now come in 12 Volt models. The key measure is the Amperes per Hour or AH which gives an indication of the number of hours that a battery will give for a single charge. The bigger the battery, the bigger the AH. The other measure is the Cold Cranking Amps rating which is only a useful guide if you need your battery to start an engine – if you do, go for a high CCA rating.

Author Oliver Carding

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