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Re: Winch battery?

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John T

05-22-2013 05:12:27

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For a trailer Winch the ONLY battery(s) Id use would be a true Deep Cycle (More like Golf Cart Batteries) NOT those wimpy RV/Marine so called "deep cycle" they sell at Wally World. Trojan and others make them at 12 volt or you could use two regular 6 volt Golf Cart batteries (Trojan or other brands) wired in series. Id also use good heavy gauge cables. While driving down the road a hot charging connection via your 7 pole trailer wiring plug can charge the trailer battery via your trucks alternator

Sure, about any 12 volt or Wally World half A$$ RV/Marine "Deep Cycle" will "work", but not as well as a true deep cycle golf cart type of battery will. Your money your use your choice

John T

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jerry f

05-25-2013 17:16:14

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 Re: Winch battery? in reply to John T, 05-22-2013 05:12:27  
agree on all points. Two good quality six volt golf cart batteries in series are the way to go. Its more exspensive to buy 2 batteries but you get twice the amperage and longer life. You will notice it big time when calling on that winch to pull its hardest.
I have a pair of 6 volt trojans in my hunting trailer that sits long periods without use and forgetting to re-charge. They are going on 6 years now and still are working good.

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George Marsh

05-22-2013 05:33:06

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 Re: Winch battery? in reply to John T, 05-22-2013 05:12:27  
I purchased a deep cycle excide from Rural King for my 2000 lb wench. It works for what little I use it.

However, after buying the excide battery I purchased a battery conductivity tester which can measure CCA. My excide battery measured only 500CCA. The deep cycle battery that came with my 10k dump trailer measures 1000 CCA.

Deep cycle batteries don't give you their CCA, so unless you take something to the store to measure the batttery before you buy it, you really don't know what you're getting.

Excide also makes a very large lawn mower battery. It measure over 400 CCA. Go figure.

I rigged up a way to connect my dump trailer battery to the battery of my IH C, which I use to pull gravel out of my old gravel pit. That way my dump trailer battery is getting charged when I using the trailer. The same could be done with any wench battery. Charge it off the truck when not in use.


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05-22-2013 05:29:17

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 Re: Winch battery? in reply to John T, 05-22-2013 05:12:27  
Hi John, Battery will be an Interstate. A lot of them are called deep cycle/cranking? Would you mind clicking on the link? Down at the bottom are 6V is that the ones?
Thanks, Butch

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John T

05-22-2013 08:58:50

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 Re: Winch battery? in reply to Butch(OH), 05-22-2013 05:29:17  
From a real quick look, it looks like its ONLY that very bottom 6 volt battery Id consider a Golf Cart True Deep Cycle but you would need 2 in series for 12 volts. When I see terms like cranking or starting I still view such as combination quasi deep cycle RV/Marine use which just arent the same a pure deep cycle batteries like used on mules and golf carts etc.

HOWEVER it also depends on how one uses the Winch. The RV/Marine quasi deep cycle is able to deliver a high short burst of current (maybe winch the tractor up the ramp, the hardest pull requiring most amps) plus still has some long term deep discharge capacity. But if theres gonna be a bunch of winch use over a long time before the battery can be recharged THEN ID OPT FOR A TRUE DEEP CYCLE.

IN HINDSIGHT I may back pedal just a bit away from my first post. There are times where a deep cycle is best (lots of use over long period before re charge) but maybe for a one time hard heavy pull and youre done for a good while then a quasi deep cycle RV/Marine (with that high amp short term capacity) may be okay??????

John T

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hoof print

05-22-2013 07:41:39

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 Re: Winch battery? in reply to Butch(OH), 05-22-2013 05:29:17  
you can't go wrong with interstate.

I'd get the highest CCA I could afford.

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