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Hi Adrain What size engine do you have, the battery you describe as Paladine says doesn't sound like a vehicle starter  battery, also why do you need such a large battery, suggest you go to a vehicle battery supplier site and look at their spec, yes a 110 amp leisure battery will start a engine BUT its a compromise a starter has different plats ie thicker and less 7 to 9 where as a leisure has 11 to 13 thinner plates with higher trough under neath to stop shorting out that's why leisure batteries for the same amph are larger. John

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You could do a lot worse than to look at Euro Car Parts website. Not only do they give you the full spec and physical dimensions, hardly a day passes when they are not offerering large discounts on stuff. Batteries feature quite regularly.

https://www.eurocarparts.com/

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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I found Andrew Page very helpful when seeking a starter battery. There was no insistance of a reg number etc to identify what I wanted. Helped me make sure I had the correct pole positions, size etc for what I needed. I was pleasantly surprised at the price as well.

Trevor

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130amp 1050cca battery

this is the battery i was thinking of plenty of power for those cold winter starts,

my engine is a 1.5 bmc

my domestic batterys are topped up with a small solar panel {about 3foot by 1foot in area} it was on the boat when i bought it 10 years ago, so wont be the greatest but keeps the batterys fully charged while were not there, the starter battery is topped up from the leisure bank via a small device.


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Adrian  Michelle

Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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Sep-11-2019 @ 11:23 PM                           Permalink
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I share Paladins thoughts that this does look more like a leisure battery. I think the somewhat mischievious inclusion of "tractor" is trying to suggest traction which is an entirely different spec!

Trevor

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Hi Adrian The system you have sounds fine, does your engine start easy? you could argue that you can't have to much battery power,its just cost, you could get a smaller one from a reputable supplier cheaper.You do need to be careful of EBAY claims, but your decision. John

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Hi Adrian

Read our engine manual and it only recommended up  to a 90 amp hour starter battery so we bought a sealed 90 amp hour Exide Heavy duty car come plant battery its still performing (fingers crossed since 2012). Our domestic bank are 3X120 amp AGM fitted at the same time and all is well ( fingers crossed again ).
We know nothing but the manual stated battery size so thought there must be a reason maybe to protect starter or something so that's what we did.
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Marge and Parge

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Great advice thanks everyone, time to make a decision.

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Adrian  Michelle

Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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Oh one more question is it normal for the heater plugs to be powered from the domestic bank rather than the starter battery, mine is wired this way and has always been fine but was just curious?

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Adrian  Michelle

Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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Hi Adi
I don't think that would be the normal way if you mean the glow plugs on the engine, because normally where that engine would be fitted where there would be no domestic battery bank.
They take a huge amount of current I would think as much as a starter motor so I would think that they would be better wired through the cranking battery.
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Marge and Parge

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