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ivansfo posted 09-22-2004 01:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for ivansfo   Send Email to ivansfo  
Hi all,

I forgot to turn off the battery switch for 1 week so my electronics completely drained one of my batteries. Then I tried to recharge it but it looks completely dead because it won't take a charge at all. The battery is a 2 year old Interstate 24M-XHD (800CCA/1000MCA) which I believe has the sufficient cranking amps for my Merc 135 Optimaxes. Battery doesn't appear to be a deep cycle.

Before I go replacing the battery with the same, has anyone managed to get a group 27 size battery in their 23 Conquest or Outrage? I had a real hard time just getting this group 24 size battery in and out of the boat.

I like the idea of having more reserve in a larger battery and perhaps even going deep cycle. A lot of times we drift fish with my livebait pump, fish finder running all day. I'm just not sure a group 27 size battery can fit.

Suggestions?

Thanks,

Ivan

BW23 posted 09-23-2004 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
Ivan,

I'm on my 2nd season running 27's. They are a little difficult to install but can be done. When I install the first one, I move it forward and actually past hold down tray.
Install the second one in the rear tray, then pull the other back into the tray. The plastic hold down posts need to be flexed to enable this feat!!!

Good luck.

Dave

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 09-23-2004 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Replace it with a Optima Blue-Top! You can let these sit for a year and they hold charge or drain them and they charge right back up and NO battery water.
ivansfo posted 10-01-2004 02:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     
THanks for the suggestions. The manual for my Merc 135 Optimax says the battery should have 800CCA or 1000MCA, such current hogs. This rules out many batteries on the market such as deep cycles or the Optima blue tops.

Sticking with Interstate, this only leaves 2 options. The 24M-XHD (old model) or the 27M-XHD. I'll see if I can borrow a dead 27 size battery to test if it will fit. If I can get it in there, then that will be great.

Ivan
23 Conquest

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