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Old 06-26-2019, 10:13 AM   #1
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Used bank of batteries

I came across this and its a great option for my wallet. However I am worried of its longevity. If purchased I plan on mating this to a Renogy 200w system that I plan on expanding to 400w later. I'd like to use this with a 2000w inverter for boondocking to power light electronics and my fridge, its a mini fridge. Otherwise it'll power 12v electronics as needed. Each is 100AH @ 20 Hours

Any advice? See pics please. Charger not included.

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HC2234521480- February 18, 2014

HC2361008438- October 17, 2013

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Old 06-26-2019, 10:23 AM   #2
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If it was me I'd skip the used. Reason being you don't know how many cycles they've been through, or how well the owner maintained them. Pics might look nice, but pics don't tell the real story behind a battery's true health and longevity.
One critical point missing in the ad is the batteries born on date. How old are they?
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:24 AM   #3
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If it was me I'd skip the used. Reason being you don't know how many cycles they've been through, or how well the owner maintained them. Pics might look nice, but pics don't tell the real story behind a battery's true health and longetivity.
One critical point missing in the ad is the batteries born on date. How old are they?
I requested them and updated the post. 2013/2014 mixed.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:25 AM   #4
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Guess it depends on what you're trying to do with them.
They are way too old to put into service expecting to turn key and go with them for a reasonable amount of time. They are all out of warranty now, based on what you posted.

If you're still considering them, at the very minimum you should do a load test on them individually.

Ultimately I'd pass...Unless you can get them for half of the asking price, knowing they're living on "borrowed time" and could need replacement at anytime...
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:04 AM   #5
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Out of warranty period batteries are a crap shoot at best. For a solar battery bank, it's critical the batteries be in good working condition.
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:34 AM   #6
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Out of warranty period batteries are a crap shoot at best. For a solar battery bank, it's critical the batteries be in good working condition.
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I would buy them for scrap value only.
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:35 PM   #7
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Even good deep cycle batteries - which these are not - are worth very little after a few years.

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.
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One bad battery will ruin the rest. Go with new!
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One bad battery will ruin the rest. Go with new!
I've been starting mine everyday since I got it running again. Yesterday I went to start it and instead of rapidly turning over, it chugged through a couple cycles. I checked the 2 batteries and one of them was around low 11's, the other 12+. I've got it on the charger to see if I can equalize them.
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what about heavy equipment batteries for a battery bank? 1250cca


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