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Old 07-11-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Opinions on Second hand batteries (See Attached link to Ad)

Hey!

So very aware of all the negatives on using a second-hand battery, and have been researching proper care and battery maintenance etc.

BUT today saw this ad in my local area, have not called the guy yet as I wanted to get spme questions together to try to get a good idea if he has been good t othe batteries and if they are a suitable option.


With this price I could have a 900 AH 12 V bank for $450 not bad!

Link to ad
https://sunshine.craigslist.org/for/...930021701.html

Right off the batt I saw the stickers, if thats voltage readings the bank is screwed ( that's my first question)

Second I saw there are two types of batteries, maybe in separate banks? I hope so, if not maybe a red flag.

I will be asking about

Length of time batteries have been owned - In use - Sitting unattended etc

Details on current setup and appliance load

Reason for selling

Voltage readings and info (If records have been kept)

Any other question you guys can think of? Opinion on if you would take the risk etc? Seems almost too good to be true, but at $450 for my entire bank I'm feeling willing to take the risk.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:41 PM   #2
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Hell of a deal if they're in good condition, and were maintained properly.

l'm curious about those tape stickers too... and would be equally concerned if those were the voltage readings.

It sounds from your $450 you don't need the whole bank. I'd stick to just one brand if everything else proves good.

Not sure if it's a shadow or what, but in that first pic, is the case distorted?
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:56 PM   #3
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My thoughts exactly! Going to give him a call and gather some more info.

Very good eye on the first pic, does look as if the case is bulging out on the one side... not a good sign

Wishing I could visually inspect the batteries but they are a ferry ride and drive away so we will see what the guy says...

Any other builders on the Coast of BC I only need 6 of them so if anyone needs some hopefully they find this post, will update when I know more.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:14 PM   #4
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Well.....

Just spoke to him and a nice guy, but not much knowledge of batteries.

Purchased 2 years ago, from a guy who said they were used as a backup bank for computer servers, no idea when they were originally purchased.

Used in an off-grid cabin to power some lights and was supposed to be used on a fridge, charged from a "Solar Panel" possibly just one... was tough to stay on track with the convo

Those stickers are in fact the voltages of the batteries before he hooked them up to his solar panel, so the bank is not in good health

and finally 2 types, but the same AH, possibly purchased at the same time but unknown.

I think I'm out, that's a lot of red flags for battieries in a full time livein. Looks like its a "you get what you pay for" kind of thing!
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Used batteries are a total crapshoot. They're either good or bad, with no in between. Even if good at the time of sale, one never knows how long the good will last!
Having said that I'd never waste my time and money buying used batteries, unless I knew and trusted the seller...
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:02 PM   #6
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Run away!

Maybe if going for $100.

The best battery value by far is Duracell (actually Deka/East Penn) FLA deep cycle golf cart batteries, 2x6V, around $200 per 200+AH @12V pair from BatteriesPlus or Sam's Club. Deka labeled same batts also sold at Lowes.

So 400Ah top-notch true deep cycling brand new with a warranty.

Do you know you really **need** bigger capacity?
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:21 PM   #7
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Used batteries are worth no more than then the core charge you get when buying new ones, i.e. about $12 to $15 each tops. It's safe to assume that any used batteries are having their mid-life crises and will all race each other to their early graves.

Costco has their Interstate GC2s for about $90 each, perfectly good for our needs, and cheap enough that if you do something dumb and shorten their lives it's not a financial disaster.

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Old 07-12-2019, 01:23 AM   #8
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JCI makes the Costco GCs, far inferior to EPM/Deka in longevity used for deep cycling.
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JCI makes the Costco GCs, far inferior to EPM/Deka in longevity used for deep cycling.
How deep? I don't plan on drawing either of my house banks down below 30% (70% SoC), and they're for my solar system which guarantees they're always fully charged.

One of my original 8D start batteries was an East Penn / Deka, and it died long before the other 8D that was a cheapo generic Chinese one! "Made in USA" means very little these days, and it's no guarantee of anything any more, at least for batteries. I assume that any battery, regardless of brand or price, is something that can potentially die at any time for any or no reason. This is one of the reasons that my house batteries are in two separate banks, so if/when one battery suddenly dies and mortally wounds the other three in its bank, I need only replace the one affected bank of four batteries, not all eight, at one time. (And if all my batteries live long and fruitful lives, I can then replace each bank a few years from the other, meaning that I should never have all my batteries needing to be replaced at the same time.)

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"Deep cycling" just means "used for more than cranking a starter", which draws under .01% DoD. Also as opposed to UPS/standby, a third design goal / use case.

Lead usable capacity is usually ballparked at 50%, so drawing down 30% is over halfway.

If you are never going below say 10% DoD the bank will last much longer, but you're carrying lots of extra "dead lead" around. Still deep cycling though, stupid to buy batteries not properly designed for that usage, or poor quality.

12V batteries in automotive sizes are 99.99% **not** good for deep cycling.

There are only a handful of quality makers in the NA market.

You should only have one House bank - see Peukert - buy quality and learn to care for it properly.

https://marinehowto.com/what-is-a-deep-cycle-battery/
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