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#7145171 - 04/19/18 09:17 AM 6V Battery Runtime
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Which lasts longer in a feeder on a "single charge" - a 6V Energizer or a 6V Rechargeable?

Yes I know that using a solar charger would make it a moot comparison, but that's not the question here. Want to know if there's a difference in how long a one-time use 6V (like energizer) would run a feeder versus one full charge of a rechargeable 6V.

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#7145336 - 04/19/18 11:13 AM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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Need to know AH rating on 6v chargeable to answer, but the 3-361 cell used in the lantern battery is way obsolete.
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#7145348 - 04/19/18 11:21 AM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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Like cast need to make sure your comparing the same size battery or getting the biggest/strongest one you can.

I have always had best luck with Duracell batteries.
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#7145455 - 04/19/18 12:32 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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Good question on the AH rating. For this conversation we'll say it's a 4.5AH, which is widely available. Images below represent what I want to compare run time on. So if I had to put one in a feeder (without solar charger), which would last longest.



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#7145480 - 04/19/18 01:06 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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The lead acid battery. It is rated in AH. The alkaline is rated in MAH. I remember using those batteries in lanterns as a kid. They sucked bad.
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#7146171 - 04/20/18 08:27 AM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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change it to a 12 volt system and run one of the 12 volt 7.5 ah that is about the size of a brick and it will run all season.
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#7146213 - 04/20/18 08:56 AM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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I use the 6V 7 amp hour battery on right in place of the 4.5 amp on left.
By themselves, they last almost twice as long as the smaller one and about 3 times as long as standard 6V lantern battery.
With a 6V solar cell attached, they have enough storage to last thru the long periods of dark cloudy winter weather and keep on feeding when you need it during deer season.
They do fit in every feeder box I have tried them in and are 5-7/8" long.
You can pick them up off of ebay for about 13 bux delivered.

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#7146378 - 04/20/18 11:42 AM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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Thanks for all of the feedback - very helpful. You guys know WAY more about this than me so I do have a question:

If I take the mAh of an alkaline 6V, (energizer says 26,000 mAh), that should equate to 26 Ah, right? So wouldn't the 26 Ah alkaline last much longer than a 4.5 Ah or 7 Ah lead acid battery of same voltage? What am I not taking into account?

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#7146496 - 04/20/18 01:53 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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The alkaline is measured in Milliamps or 1/1000 of an amp.
Rechargables listed are in amps.

2600 MaH = 2.6 amps


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#7146800 - 04/20/18 08:34 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Vern1]
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My experience is the alkaline will last longer. Most last six months and the rechargeable without solar won't last more than thirty days.

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#7146865 - 04/20/18 10:18 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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Alkaline lasts much longer in reality

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#7148038 - 04/22/18 12:31 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Vern1]
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Originally Posted By: Vern1
The alkaline is measured in Milliamps or 1/1000 of an amp.
Rechargables listed are in amps.

2600 MaH = 2.6 amps


The specs I've found online show 26,000 mAh, which if true would = 26 Ah .

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#7148070 - 04/22/18 01:00 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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I think we need a double blind test to settle this.
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#7148862 - 04/23/18 09:13 AM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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I use the rechargeable and get a little over 2 months out of a battery feeding twice a day for a total of 15 seconds.
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#7151802 - 04/25/18 03:08 PM Re: 6V Battery Runtime [Re: Buccaneer]
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Get a cheap 6 volt solar panel and 4.5 amp 6 volt rechargeable battery and you will not have to worry about how long it will last. Just pay a little more up front to save a lot down the line.
Heck, buy two rechargeables and a battery charger so you can swap one out every month or two or when you refill the feeder.
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