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artmo posted 09-18-2002 11:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for artmo   Send Email to artmo  
can't find any info on what battery is the best for starting/running electronics on my montauk W 70 4 stroke suzuki.any opinions out there? i really don't want to get into deep-cycle or multiple battery set-up since my needs are minimal.heard that interstate has a good one?? thanks ,art-
super7 posted 09-18-2002 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for super7  Send Email to super7     
i've always had diehard or interstate but as the batteries have gone south i've been changing over to optima. not muss no fuss.they don't leak and don't mind being bounced around like other batteries do. both boats and vehicles so up to 5 total now. they are not cheep but worth the piece of mind.
JBCornwell posted 09-18-2002 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, Artmo.

I have the identical setup: Montauk, DF70, Some electronics and use a Minn Kota 50lb troller.

I have had excellent service from the "Extreme" Everstart marine dual purpose battery I got at Wal Mart for about $50. It is mounted in the console.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

63WHALER posted 09-18-2002 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for 63WHALER    
I'll throw out some more, really like the AC Delco "voyager" marine batteries. They are sealed so they don't leak, and seem to last a really long time. A little bit "pricey" although but worth it I think.


SuburbanBoy posted 09-19-2002 02:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
Costco has spiral wound, sealed Optima for $104 red top and $114 blue top.


Guts posted 09-19-2002 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Guts  Send Email to Guts     
Suzuki recomends a group 27 batt. I use two group 24 batterys. I'm going to change them out soon(every three years)but I going to take a closer look at the ones bigshot talking about. has any one use this type of battery? thanks
Guts posted 09-19-2002 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Guts  Send Email to Guts     
Sorry SuburbanBoy my mistake... not bigshot post...
Bill C posted 09-19-2002 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill C  Send Email to Bill C     
Check out the October issue of Consumer Reports. Though the article concerns auto batteries there may be some relevance here to marine applications. The Diehards seem to outperform most of the others.
lhg posted 09-19-2002 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Second JB's recommendation. I think the Walmart Everstart combination starting/deep cycle batteries are excellent. They are priced right, and you can replace one under warranty anywhere in the country if necessary. I use them on both of my Outrages, and have found them to be much better than Sears Diehard, and with a longer warranty period of 2 years.

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