If you are confused about which marine battery to get for your boat, then you are not alone. Choosing the right battery for your vessel can be confusing if you are a new boat owner. Or if you have never purchased a marine battery before. With the various kinds of batteries on the market, it is difficult to know which to buy. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. And each marine battery powers something different. Here are some tips on choosing the right marine battery for your boat.
Types of Marine Batteries
It is important to understand the different types of batteries available. In general, there are three main types of marine batteries: cranking, deep-cycle, and dual-purpose batteries.
Cranking batteries do what their name suggests. They provide the power required to start your boat. This requires a short and powerful burst of energy, which is supplied to cranking batteries through several thin lead plates. These batteries are designed to put out a large amount of power in a short period of time. This is an essential battery for all first-time boat owners.
If you need to power onboard electronics and accessories, the deep cycle battery will be best for you. A deep cycle battery puts out a smaller amount of energy for a long period of time. It can handle long discharge cycles while the engine is off. A deep cycle battery consists of fewer and thicker lead plates to provide continuous power output over longer periods of time. If you have radios, cooking equipment, or other electronics onboard, a deep-cycle battery is vital for powering everything.
This type of battery can be used as both a cranking and deep-cycle battery. Dual-purpose batteries have similar properties of both batteries. However, they do not always allow your boat to perform at the same level as two batteries would. These batteries are typically found on boats that are too small to accommodate two batteries.
Never Substitute One Battery for Another
You should only use marine batteries for their intended purposes. Using a deep-cycle battery instead of a cranking battery won’t provide you with enough power to start your engine. On the other hand, using a cranking battery to power onboard electronics will cause the battery to overheat and die, leaving you without power. The last thing you want to happen is to be out on the water without power.
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