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Not all Deep Cycle Batteries are the same

It was brought to the attention of the ABIA that an online seller was supplying Deep Cycle GEL batteries that were not holding power as long as they were advertised. Samples were bought and tested by two test labs and both results were the same. Not only did they fail the performance test but they also contained glass sheets used as packing. This not only added to the weight of the battery making it appear to contain more lead (and therefore a higher AH), but also could be a recycler’s nightmare. When challenged the supplier ceased to offer the brand name depicted but they are still on the market under a different name. Please see the attached test report. Our advice to consumers is to compare the weight of batteries supplied by ABIA members before purchasing online. If the battery is cheap it is likely to be inferior.

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