I have been using the same set Everstarts (wally world batteries) in my current boat for over 3 years with no problems.... and still going strong. Still got Everstarts in my other boat and they are over 5 years old.
Used them for years and years..I think a lot of the battery life is how you maintain them. Doesn't matter what kind of batteries you have soon as you get home from fishing, plug in the charger and leave it plugged it so they get a trickle charge until the next time you go. Check the water in the cells at least twice a year IF not more.
I guess they are better batteries out there but I am happy with Everstarts. Matter of fact I had them replace the batteries to Everstarts in my boat before I bought it. they
their head but put them in there...got confidence in them.
My Everstarts have been very good to me. I also like the fact that I can get them replaced at any Wally World and at any hour.
The last time one of mine went bad I was at Cherokee Lake. The boat wouldn't start so, we put it back on the trailer and drove to the Wally World. I replaced the battery and went right back to the lake for a night of fishing.
I maintain the fluid levels and charge them as soon as I get back from the lake. None of mine have lasted less than 5 years.
My 07 Triton came with Superlex batteries. Never heard of them before seeing them in my new boat. Starting battery didn't even last through the season. Probably defective from the factory. The dealer gave me a NAPA battery as a replacement. He told me they would no longer use Superlex batteries. They had many complaints and problems throughout the year. Several customers were given new batteries to replace the defective ones. Trolling batteries are still Superlex and have preformed o.k. When the money is right I want to replace them with Optima. Gunny sold me on that plan. Thanks Gunny.
For those of you that are considering using AGM or gell cell batteries, please be advised that many battery chargers, including some onboard chargers, are not compatiable with these batteries. I did a lot of research on these several years ago because I was switching to AGM batteries. At my advanced age my memory isn't what is used to be and I don't remember all of the details, but the bottom line is many battery chargers put out voltage over 14.4 volts and will damage this type of battery. You must use a "smart charger", one that has a separate setting for AGM/gell cell. Apparently the higher voltage of many chargers will damage these batteries( over time ), regardless of the amount of current flowing.
I stopped using my onboard charger and now charge with a portable charger that is compatable with AGM batteries. Even though this is a pain to do, the AGM batteries are worth the extra effort to me.
I don't want to argue with anyone or sound like a know-it-all. I just want to advise everyone to make sure your charger will not fry your new high dollar AGM/gell cell batteries....................Al
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