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Flying Dutchman
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Has anyone installed an AGM battery in an NC?  If so, what brand and model?  I'm planning to replace my current flooded cell battery, which is now almost 7 years old.  It still seems OK, but it has always released a bit of gas thru the cap vents, and that slowly corrodes the tie-down bracket.  I occasionally have to add a small amount of distilled water to one or more of the cells (maybe a couple of times a year), which isn't unusual.  But, I'm getting tired of cleaning and touching up the paint on the bracket every couple of years.  Besides, after 7 years, replacing the battery would be prudent 🤔.

Actually, an AGM might not be the best choice... a maintenance-free flooded cell battery might be fine.  I just want to eliminate the corrosion, if possible.

Suggestions or recommendations?

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Fun to Fly
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Based on Consumer Reports top recommendation for group 51R batteries, I just used a Duracell available locally from Batteries+.

Unfortunately none of the batteries have a long life warranty it seems.

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Flying Dutchman
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@fun-to-fly 

Thanks, Domenic.  The Duracell is one of my considerations.  Did you get the AGM?

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I agree, Duracells are good. They are made by East Penn/Deka in Lyons, PA. They have a factory store there where you can buy them direct, branded as Deka, not Duracell. You can also buy a “blemished” one for less $$$. They call it “The Usable” battery, I believe. I’ve had good luck with them in our daily driver vehicles.


   
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The battery I bought was a flood battery not an AGM. I assume its low maintenance with only a small vent on top with no caps. Two versions, one with two year warranty and the plus version with a three year warranty which I bought.

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Flying Dutchman
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@blue_22 

Thanks, Rich.  I'm familiar with Deka's store... I'll check to see what they have.

Some years back, I tried to get a couple of deep cycle AGM batteries, for an RV, there.  I needed a common, standard size, but they never had any "blemished" ones available.  In fact, they never had any UN-blemished ones available 🙄.

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Following an appropriate period of procrastination, I installed a Duralast Platinum 51R-EFB battery, which I purchased at AutoZone.  This battery model matches all the specs for the car, and its caps are sealed (it's not an AGM), which will hopefully minimize the gassing and its effects on the tie-down bracket.  The battery that it replaces also came from AutoZone, and that one seemed OK after 8 years (except for the gassing issue).

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@flying-dutchman 

8 years- pretty good!!


   
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