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Old     (TheSqueakyWheel)      Join Date: Oct 2010       04-25-2012, 7:34 AM Reply   
My new boat is coming with 2 cranking batteries.

In the past, I've used a cranking for the engine then a crank/deep cycle hybrid with a Blue Sea add-a-battery isolator for the electronics.

My dealer says that battery types shouldn't be mixed for marine applications - I'm concerned about not having a deep cycle for the electronics.

Opinions? Thanks.
Old    A.J. West (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       04-25-2012, 8:08 AM Reply   
Maybe he was referring to not mixing AGM and wet cell batteries...not starting battery vs deep cycle like you're thinking. Most of us use a "cranking" battery for starting and then one or more deep cycle wet cell or AGM batteries for stereo/lighting.

Last edited by you_da_man; 04-25-2012 at 8:11 AM.
Old     (TheSqueakyWheel)      Join Date: Oct 2010       04-25-2012, 8:11 AM Reply   
no, I specifically asked about swapping one of the cranking for a deep cycle type.

Is it ok to have one of each, provided they are of the same type (gel, wet, etc...)?
Old    A.J. West (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       04-25-2012, 8:14 AM Reply   
That's what we all pretty much use (especially those who run 6v batteries)...a starting specific battery and then deep cycle for accessories/stereo
Old    A.J. West (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       04-25-2012, 8:22 AM Reply   
I'm pretty sure you don't want different size batteries on the same bank if you are using a charger though (like having a group 27 and a group 31 on the same bank powering your stereo).

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