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Feeder Battery #8225484 04/05/21 12:37 AM
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Is there a “ better “ battery for a feeder? I’ll pay a little more if it’s better

Re: Feeder Battery [Re: Brother in-law] #8225563 04/05/21 02:33 AM
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Most are only as good as having a solar charger to keep them charged. Even then, we keep several extra batteries at the lease because none of them are invincible. Your best friend is to slap a little diametric grease on the terminals to avoid corrosion. We've lost more batteries to that over the years than anything.

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We use the grey ones with the blue tops

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Ive never really done much research on this. Bucees seems to be cheapest and thats what we have been buying. As was said, the solar is the key and they last a long long time. Like you, its important enough that I would pay more if it mattered but it doesnt seem to.
My new lease we have been struggling first two years to get everything up and going like we like and we are using a hodge podge of feeders and a couple have bad solars. We check voltage every time we fill and it seems about every two to three months we have to switch out the battery.

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I just use the cheap $10 sealed lead acid 6V rechargeable battery. They have different brand names on them, but are probably all made in China in the same factory. They typically last me 3-5 years. As said above, a solar panel that has a proper output is key.

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blue and grey ones.

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My buddy (he may chime in) just converted all of our new feeders to lithium with charge controllers. Time will tell, but I'm excited at 2,000 cycles versus a lead acids 3 cycles when a solar panel gets knocked over/chewed up/something goes wrong.

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Many of the cheaper batteries will "read" fully charge yet lack the power needed to spin the feeder plate! Got to keep them charged and in optimal condition.

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The grey ones are the best, have to agree.

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Originally Posted by SouthWestIron
Many of the cheaper batteries will "read" fully charge yet lack the power needed to spin the feeder plate! Got to keep them charged and in optimal condition.


always test batteries with a draw on them

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