Leisure Batteries

When deciding on a leisure battery, a few key points to consider are:

  • What are your power requirements – for now and in the future
  • How long will it need to last before recharging
  • What available space do you have in the van for fitting it

From here, we can recommend the right size as well as the right type of battery. We offer a variety of batteries from Traction, Gel, Direct drive to lead acid, along with maintenance and non maintenance batteries. We also offer a variety of installations from under seat, under seat swivel and under body mounted.

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Charging of batteries can be done via 12v or 240v, depending on how you decide to have your installation done. It’s usually preferable to have both options.

12v charging is usually done via a split charge relay. A split charge relay is a unit which allows your alternator to charge your leisure battery charge when your vehicle is running and stop charging when your vehicle is not running. This system is great for topping up your leisure battery; however, depending upon vehicle usage and alternator output, it can be a primitive way of charging an additional leisure battery. This is because the output from the alternator is often low and variable. For safety reasons and to ensure trouble free operation, it is very important that the Relay, fusing and wiring is capable of carrying loads to and from the vehicle battery. As good practice we use high amp Voltage sensitive relays, 4 gauge cable or higher, along with correct fuse types and sizes.

240v charging can be done in a couple of ways:

  • A in-built vehicle charging system
  • A stand alone battery charger. This requires a quick coupling to your leisure battery or easy access to the terminals to allow charging. This is the cheapest way of being able to charge an additional leisure battery, but is not that practical for regular use.

Charging by 240v is the best way to charge your leisure battery. This is because the charge is normally at a consistent rate and is a much higher amp than possible from a standard car alternator. You have to bear in mind that it can take up to 15 hours to fully charge a 100amp leisure battery via a 13Amp charger. Standard alternators don’t have this amount of surplus, consistent power and a 15 hour journey is not generally practical every time you wish to charge you leisure battery!

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