my trip to rual king - using tractor batteries in the boat?

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by noah, May 22, 2009.

  1. noah

    noah New Member

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    well i went to rual king today and bought 2 6 volt tractor batterys for the boat i am gonna see how they will do a guy told me that the cca and the amp hour is higher in the 6 volt and when you use 2 to make 12 then you are still higher than a regular 12 volt marine bat so i was jus gonna run this by you guys and see what yall think:cool2::smile2:
     
  2. Catfish_Commando

    Catfish_Commando TF Staff Member

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    We had some guys a few years ago that where using wheelchair batteries for their trolling motors.

    They were adamant that it beat Marine batteries.
     

  3. jkm4874ford

    jkm4874ford New Member

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    A friend of mine had a catapiller batery he used for several years. We could go camping for the weekend and fish all day using the trolling motor and never see it weaken. And it was used when he got it. They are very expencive though.
     
  4. bearcat

    bearcat Member

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    As a person that runs tractors for a living, I farm, 2 12 volt batteries will out perform 2 6 volts hands down. If you want the ultimate cranking hook the positive of both batteries together and the negatives together then to the motor. It is still twelve volt but twice the battery. All of our tractors have been swithed from two 6 volts to two 12 volts. Make sure you hook the batteries up correctly or it will be 24 volt and you will fry all the wiring.
     
  5. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    I don't understand. It seems like it would be a lot smarter to just use two marine batteries if you want the capacity of two batteries. People do that all the time.
     
  6. noah

    noah New Member

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    i guess i will take the 6 back and get 2 12s
    as for the cat bats i love them but i cant afford them and get this we get employee discount on them from fabick:cool2:
    i dont need the bats for starting i need them for munnin my 3 mill candle light power spot light and runnin lights
     
  7. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    I am guessing that your engine does not have a charging system for the cranking battery? I guess I am not understanding what your doing with a spot light and running lights that require so much power to run them.....
     
  8. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    I C, i'd get some deep cycles because that's what they're for. They're still rated in amp hours which I think is different than CCA.
     
  9. jkm4874ford

    jkm4874ford New Member

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    You take a spot light like that and not many battries will hang in there vary long.
     
  10. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    That is why I was referring to whether or not he was running an engine and one that charged the cranking battery......... I have a 2.5 and a 5 million and have never worried about there use or the cranking battery, but I also have the engine running when it is in use.....
     
  11. nitronostrils

    nitronostrils New Member

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    Ran a Farm and Fleet brand deep cycle last year for all electronics(trolling, nav lights, finder, anchor winch, 6.5 million spotlight, Sirius radio and recharged the battery I say in last Aug and it was still setting around 8.7V.
     
  12. noah

    noah New Member

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    thanks everyone for your input