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Old 12-06-2014, 08:20 PM   #41
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The 12V battery that has been in my trailer since I bought it used is a Lifeline GPL31XT.
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That's a big, serious AGM battery - definitely an upgrade by a previous owner. It seems very suitable to me, but it's also expensive, and I'm sure that's that main reason that it is not commonly chosen.

Lifeline AGM batteries have come up in this forum before, but perhaps only once in the context of an Escape owner using them:
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:38 PM   #43
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:37 AM   #44
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I was reading the online manual for the CTEK MUS 4.3 and it indicates that its for batteries 14 - 160AH when connecting the 6 volts the total would 262AH just wondering what effect this would have?

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I would think that would be for the maximum each battery, not the combined total capacity. It certainly seems to work great for me, but I sure ain't no expert. Maybe a question for the techs at CTEK.

edit: I did just send this query to them, to know for certain.
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Curious: The 12V battery that has been in my trailer since I bought it used is a Lifeline GPL31XT. I think it has reached the 3/4 point of its warrantied life, and it seems to be wearing down kind-of like I am at a similar stage of life. In all of the battery discussions I have seen on this forum I don't recall this battery being mentioned. Based on its heavy weight and the cliche "you get what you pay for", this ought to be an uncontested winner. Is the price the reason I haven't noticed Lifeline mentioned, or are the Trojan and Interstate better performers as well as cheaper? Thanks for any wisdom…Glenn.
I have been getting about 8 years out of my lifeline batteries on the boat. Not sure how old your GPL31XT is but you may want to try an equalizing charge on it if you have not done so already. I think it is 15.5 volts for 8 hours.
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:37 PM   #46
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I would think that would be for the maximum each battery, not the combined total capacity. It certainly seems to work great for me, but I sure ain't no expert. Maybe a question for the techs at CTEK.

edit: I did just send this query to them, to know for certain.

Let me know what they say please Jim as I thought that being as the batteries are in series to achieve 12 volts total the AH would be combined also thus the charger seeing the dual 6 volt s as one 12 volt battery.

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When in series, voltage adds, but amps stays the same. For example, a pair of 6V, 232 amp hour batteries connected in series provides 12V & 232 amp hours. (The opposite for parallel connections, i.e. voltage stays the same and amp hours adds.)
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Yeah, what Jon said.
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:23 PM   #49
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The two 6V batteries in series do form one 12V battery - the charger has no idea (and doesn't care) that there is a gap in the middle of the sequence of cells. The amp-hour capacity is simply that of a single battery or single cell (the voltage adds up in series, not the capacity), so the CTEK MUS 4.3 looks big enough to me for Escape's normal dual-6V configuration.
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It's only 4.3 amp, going to be at it a long time.
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