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#6217689 - 03/10/16 10:40 AM 12v battery
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any suggestions on reliable 12 v and 6 v battery..for year round feeding..ive found its a crapshoot on walmart and academy..


Edited by mow (03/10/16 10:41 AM)

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#6217744 - 03/10/16 11:19 AM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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12v7ah Yuasa SLA battery with 7watt solar panel ($29 @ northerntool) AND a $10 charge controller (ebay).
Setup will run feeder AND game-cam (moultrie w/ 12v external input).

ditch the 6v stuff.

$29 panel: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200578631_200578631



5watt panel for $19 probably work too: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200654844_200654844

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#6218351 - 03/10/16 06:31 PM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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Registered: 06/04/11
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Loc: NB, TX
I'm not sure about the specs, but I have $35 walmart 12v motorcycle batteries in my feeders. They feed 2x/day have solar panels on them & have been supplying power for over 3 years without a hiccup.
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#6218395 - 03/10/16 06:52 PM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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I buy my 12v-7 amp batteries($15 ish) at Lyssy & Eckels down here and have a solar panel on all 5 of my feeders. I get 3-4 yr out of mine feeding up to 4 times per day and up to 7 seconds per feeding depending on the time of year and rainfall.
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#6219187 - 03/11/16 09:11 AM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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If you're ever in Rocksprings, the Lowe's grocery store sells them for $14.99. Best price I've seen on them anywhere. Follow stx's advice and put a solar panel on your feeder as well.

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#6221176 - 03/12/16 06:55 PM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
Texmel Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
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Agree with above post that solar charger is the thing to extend battery life. I use Moultrie Feeder with 6 volt bat and solar charger. Have got 4 to 5 yrs out of battery. However did have to use flex alum tubing to keep the varmints from chewing the line running from charger to motor.
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#6222354 - 03/13/16 07:56 PM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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my problem has always been that the batterys i bought at aqcademy..or walmart have always been crap..i used a 12volt reg full size marine battery that lasted about 5 years..but dont want to spend 70-100$ for one..soi just got a sealed 12volt lawn mower batery from walmart lawn dept...for 20$..well see how that works

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#6227441 - 03/17/16 08:44 PM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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How long are you needing it to last between changes? Never seen one that will die before the feeder runs out unless it's over 350lbs or Somethin. I have changed all mine to AA packs and a few I don't check as much are on time feeders with solar strips wrapped around them.
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#6228128 - 03/18/16 11:05 AM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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Originally Posted By: mow
my problem has always been that the batterys i bought at aqcademy..or walmart have always been crap..i used a 12volt reg full size marine battery that lasted about 5 years..but dont want to spend 70-100$ for one..soi just got a sealed 12volt lawn mower batery from walmart lawn dept...for 20$..well see how that works

How do you keep it charged? Do you let it run down to empty before charging - and how often?

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#6228559 - 03/18/16 04:46 PM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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Two 6volt battery's will last longer than 1 twelve volt.
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#6229084 - 03/19/16 08:08 AM Re: 12v battery [Re: TEXASLEFTY]
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Originally Posted By: TEXASLEFTY
Two 6volt battery's will last longer than 1 twelve volt.


If they have more total amp hours, yes.
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#6230833 - 03/20/16 10:32 PM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
mow Offline
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solved problem..12v lawnmower battery at walmart for 20$ northern tool solar panel for 20$

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#6231129 - 03/21/16 09:04 AM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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Originally Posted By: mow
solved problem..12v lawnmower battery at walmart for 20$ northern tool solar panel for 20$


Be sure to fully charge the lawnmower battery with a regular charger before putting it on the system/solar. Solar can only make-up charge (unless it's a really big one).

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#6238886 - 03/28/16 09:12 AM Re: 12v battery [Re: Navasot]
mow Offline
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with the west texas heat and wind and the weather elements..i dont know if the batterys are crap..or what..i usually barely get thru a season before battery goes capoot..and when youre 200 miles away..that sucks when you are waiting for the feeder to go off and it doesnt...ive solved problem with using 12volt marine battery that lasted 5 years..but just didnt want to spend the 80$.but on 2nd thought maybe its well worth the money..i bought a 12 volt lawnmower battery from walmart for 20$ plus i core battery...i'll see if that will work..thanks to all

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#6238893 - 03/28/16 09:19 AM Re: 12v battery [Re: mow]
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I charge all our batteries before putting them out if I can that seems to make a difference.

Using 12 volt gel cell batteries I can run nearly the whole season feeding 2 times a day with no solar charger and no recharging.

If you will pull your batteries out and charge them (even if they are on a solar charger) onece a year or so they will probably last longer. I have a 12 volt feeder that's been going for 3 years with the same battery on a solar panel and its running like a top.

Also find a good charger with a float setting so it will not overcharge your batteries, the battery life will be much longer (many more drain/recharge cycles).
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