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Title: deka batteries ?
Post by: capt charlie's charters on December 21, 2015, 01:24:05 AM
wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Deka battery that is advertised on this site and if so, which model ?
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: 21XDC on December 21, 2015, 06:28:33 AM
Deka makes a good battery, but bigger is always better. Shop for the most "RC" Reserve Capacity that you can fit into your boat. Even if this means you need to get bigger battery trays. Deep Cycle batts are a great choice for a cranking battery, As long as it has atleast the min MCA/CCA that your outboard requires. Many times people only shop for MCA/CCA in a cranking battery and they don't have the min RC for their motors specs.

Having more RC and MCA/CCA than you need, actually buys you more lifecycles and years of service.

The best bang for the buck is the Everstart Maxx 29 made by Johnson controls, Sold at WalMart for $100 ish. I get 4-5 years from them in troller and cranking service. 205 min RC and more MCA than my motor needs. Some motors require more than others.
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: dartag on December 21, 2015, 07:03:11 AM
I am on my 2nd set of Deka's.  First ones lasted 5 years.  I have the 31 series for trolling motor and 24M7 1000 amp for cranking and electronics.  They are made by East Penn Battery Company.  I use mine at least 3 times a week all summer.  Can't go wrong with either battery. 
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: fishstick on December 22, 2015, 09:55:51 AM
I have had good luck with the 31 series batteries. I got 3 years out of the first set, and 2 years out of the 2nd. Which is better than I was getting with some other brands. They take a lot of hard use so I will probably be putting another set in the boat this spring.
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: djkimmel on December 23, 2015, 05:51:20 PM
I run my Deka Batteries 5 seasons a set. I did that when I was fishing 130+ days a year and now when I'm not fishing so many days a year. I had full power at the end of long days fishing still with the dual purpose 31 size Marine Masters. And they were still working good when I turned them in at the end of 5 seasons to swap out for a new set.

I like that they are always made by the same U.S. company - East Penn in Pennsylvania. Most battery 'brands' are not made by the company brand but by someone else somewhere else. There aren't that many battery companies but I like to know who is making the batteries I put in my boat, truck, car, etc. and if I buy a 'brand' that doesn't actually manufacture batteries I can't always be sure who made them that year, that model, that size - they may have 2 or 3 different companies make their 'brand' at times.

I had bad luck at times with batches of store brand batteries because they weren't made by the same company year to year, or they just weren't made as well by the same standards until I switched to Deka over 15 years ago. Now I know my batteries are always made the same way by the same people at East Penn. I have had excellent luck with batteries ever since and I don't look back. :)

Batteries are one area where you want to try to get the best quality you can afford because you don't want to be out of juice at a critical or important moment. I don't anyway. Been there in the distant past and I don't want to go back there.
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: YpsiBass on December 23, 2015, 06:00:18 PM
The issue I have with Deka is availability.  They're only available in Sterling Heights or something right?
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: djkimmel on December 23, 2015, 06:20:15 PM
I'm not sure all of the SE Michigan locations but if you call the local headquarters they can tell you where else you can buy them (http://dekabatteries.com/contact/where-to-buy/).

EAST PENN
6023 Progress Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Phone: 586-979-5300

Call the Sterling Heights store and they can tell you all of the stores that carry them closer to you. I know some of the big box stores carry Deka and places like D&R Sports so I imagine there are other locations like that in SE Michigan that also carry Deka Batteries hopefully closer to your location.
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: 21XDC on December 23, 2015, 06:32:52 PM
Just for you Dan>>> http://jgdarden.com/batteryfaq/batbrand.htm

http://www.trojanbattery.com/pdf/TrailerBoats_batteryguide_201105.pdf
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: djkimmel on December 23, 2015, 08:06:09 PM
See... if I just by Deka then I don't need a list :) :D
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: Waterfoul on December 26, 2015, 02:28:27 PM
The issue I have with Deka is availability.  They're only available in Sterling Heights or something right?

All West Marine locations carry Deka Batteries made by East Penn.  They just have a WM label on them.  It's all I've ever run in my boat.  Batteries Plus used to carry them as well, but I noticed that they are now selling several other brands as well.  Not sure if they are still selling the Dekas.

I'm currently running two DC 27 series deep cycles for my 24 volt Fortrex.  One has 4 full seasons, the other one 5 seasons.  They still power me thru a full 8 hour tournament without issue.  I run the M6 27 as a starting/electronics battery.  This is a high reserve starting battery recommended by Mercury Marine for all their Fuel Injected, OPTI, and Verado motors because of it's 1050 cranking amps and 182 reserve minute rating.  I run 3 fish finders and 4 livewell pumps on this battery and have never had it fail to start my motor in 3 seasons.  I fish at least 3-4 times a week most weeks in the summer so these batteries get a work out for sure. 

Even if I didn't work where I work, I'd still use and recommend Deka batteries.
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: dartag on December 26, 2015, 04:10:44 PM
Discount Battery has them.  One store 1/2 mile south of my house.  3 other stores in this area.   
Title: Re: deka batteries ?
Post by: BIGSHOW on March 20, 2016, 02:22:03 AM
I buy them at boaters value in Wyandotte. I need to get one myself. My new boat has 5 batteries so I'm gonna try to stagger the years I  change them. Hopefully just one a year.