When you’re shopping for a deep cycle battery, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the different terms and promises that many manufacturers use to market their product. What is a marine battery? Or a VRLA? But choosing a battery isn’t difficult if you know what to look for. Here are some things to take into consideration:
Designed to provide consistent, sustained power for long periods of time, deep cycle batteries are incredibly useful in a variety of different applications. Because of their specialized nature, deep cycle batteries are not always the best choice for every situation; here are some of the most common applications in which you’ll want a deep cycle battery.
Not all batteries are created equal, but even in high-quality lead acid deep cycle batteries, different types are better suited to different applications, budgets, and maintenance capabilities. So what is the difference between flooded, AGM, and gel batteries, and which one should you use for your needs?
For individuals traveling with batteries, lithium-ion tends to get the most attention. Airlines have begun to ban all Li-ion batteries in checked baggage on passenger flights, largely limiting the transportation of lithium batteries that are not already in consumer goods to cargo airplanes only. But lithium batteries are not the only type that can cause serious damage during transit. Lead-acid batteries should be transported with care to limit the risks of shipping a hazardous material.