Hello. Newb here. Van_Dweller has described his success with used deep cycle batteries from junk yards. I know they have dates written on them and I kinda figure that they have them in their battery sections. Are there any other tips/suggestions for finding, judging, and procuring them?
I just replaced my starter battery with another deep cycle battery a couple of days ago. The weather’s nasty right now, and I didn’t feel like changing it myself, so I just googled “used batteries near me”, and it came up with a shop a couple miles away. The used battery was $40 installed, with a 5 year replacement guarantee. That was a little more than double what I paid last summer for a junkyard house battery, but not having to replace it myself was worth it to me.
For junkyard batteries I take a multi meter to check if it’s over 12v, then I check the date code to make sure it’s no more than 2 years old. Different battery brands have different date codes, but you can google it and find out how to decipher them.
Much obliged, Van_Dweller
what is the original source?
Apologies for being dense today… Original source of ???
My bad. What is the original source of the battery. They aren’t automotive. Do these junkyards have a marine scrap section? Thanks.
Ah okay… Most of the junkyards I’ve been to also have motorhomes & camper vans, as well as sometimes truck campers & travel trailers. Can’t remember ever seeing any boats though, but it’s entirely possible they have boat yards similar to auto wrecking yards. I have also seen a few RV recycling lots too, so they could be a cheap source of used batteries too.
A friend I was talking to last night was telling me that many used tire shops also carry used batteries, something I was unaware of.