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12v Sealed Lead Acid batteries have a huge range of uses and are often found in Kids ride on toys, PA Systems, alarm systems, rechargeable torches and more!! When it comes to 12-volt battery types, the choice can seem a little daunting to those unfamiliar with battery technology. All 12-volt battery types are similar in that they provide power for your 12V electrical system. However, there are significant differences in how they’re designed, their capacity, the amount of maintenance required, and the cost to buy and install.

Join us as we take a closer look and find the right battery type for you!

27M-800 deep cycle marine battery
27M-800 deep cycle marine battery

What is a 12V Battery?

12v batteries are commonly used in RV, boat, and other automobile systems. From a technical perspective, a battery uses one or more cells to allow a chemical reaction creating the flow of electrons in a circuit. Batteries do not create energy or power on their own. Batteries simply store energy for you to use when you need it.

The power you get from a battery is direct current (DC) power and is different than the alternating current (AC) power you get from the wall outlets in your home. If needed, DC power can be converted to AC power using an inverter.

You can connect multiple 12-volt batteries in series or in parallel to get either a higher voltage or more storage capacity. For example, if you connect two 12 volt batteries in series, you will have a 24-volt system. If you connect these same 12-volt batteries in parallel, you will still have a 12-volt system, but it will be able to power the same device for twice as long as a single 12-volt battery.

Your 12V battery system will power most of your basic systems like your lights and some appliances in your RV. You’ll charge this battery system while plugged into shore power and draw from it while traveling or boondocking.

12V Sealed lead acid battery can last up to 10-12 years but can affect several external factors on battery life such as:

Incorrect use of the battery;

Inadequate maintenance carried out by a non-specialized technician;

Exposure to extreme temperatures, both too high and too low;

Incorrect charging of the battery using an unsuitable charger.

12V Battery Types

When it comes to 12-volt rechargeable storage batteries, two primary types are currently used, Lead-Acid and Lithium-ion.

Lead-acid batteries have been around for a long time, while Lithium-ion is the newer technology. There are many types of Lead-acid batteries, so let’s start by taking a look at them first.

Flooded Lead-Acid Batteries

Lead-acid batteries are the most basic 12V battery type. They’re made of lead plates suspended in a sulfuric acid solution. This creates a chemical reaction that allows for energy to be stored.

Flooded Lead-Acid batteries are the most common variety of lead-acid batteries. You’ll need to have the right amount of water in these batteries to keep them functioning correctly. This means periodic maintenance is required to monitor this battery. Flooded lead-acid batteries generally last 2 to 5 years, depending on use and maintenance. The cost can vary widely, starting at around $100.

Pros

Since these are the most common kind of batteries, they’re also the most readily available and cheapest upfront to replace when the time comes. This type of battery also does not have any electronics in it and can produce a large current for a short period. This makes them ideal for starting batteries in vehicle engines.

12V Flooded Seal Lead Acid Battery

Model(12v) Volts Amps Length Width Height Lbs Terminal
SP12-1.2 12 1.2 3.78 1.69 2.04 1.4 F1
SP12-10 12 10 5.94 2.56 4.37 7.05 F2
SP12-100 12 100 12 6.6 8.15 68 IT
SP12-100NB 12 100 12 6.6 8.15 68 Nut & Bolt
SP12-12 12 12 5.95 3.86 3.7 7.92 F2
SP12-12HR 12 12 5.95 3.86 3.7 8.2 F2
SP12-15 12 15 5.95 3.86 3.7 9.25 F2
SP12-55R 12 55 9.04 5.45 8.15 36 Nut & Bolt
SP12-7.5 12 7.5 5.95 2.56 3.7 4.8 F1
SP12-7.5 12 7.5 5.95 2.56 3.7 5.25 F2
SP12-7.5HR 12 7.5 5.95 2.56 3.7 5.25 F2
SP12-75 12 75 10.2 6.61 8.19 50.6 IT
SP12-75 12 75 10.25 6.6 8.15 50.6 Nut & Bolt
SP12-9 12 9 5.95 2.56 3.7 5.99 F2
SP12-9HR 12 9 5.95 2.56 3.7 5.99 F2
Lead-acid Battery
Lead-acid Battery

Cons

Because these batteries need a specific amount of fluid in them to operate properly, you’ll need to be comfortable maintaining your battery system every 3-6 months. This can be difficult, depending on where your batteries are located in your RV.

Flooded lead-acid batteries also have the shortest overall lifespan of the main battery types and can be negatively affected by extremely hot or cold temperatures.  You must also install them in an upright position or they will leak water and acid and fail.

Sealed Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Batteries (VRLA)

Sealed valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries eliminate most of the maintenance needs of their flooded counterparts. As their name implies, they’re sealed shut with the necessary ingredients to run correctly for the life of your battery.

Since they are sealed, as they discharge the chemical reaction starts to build up the pressure of hydrogen gas. Most of this gas gets recombined back to water in the battery, but during rapid charge or discharges, the gas pressure may exceed the battery’s safety specs. The regulator valve is used to relieve this excessive pressure but, unfortunately, at the same time, slowly decreases the capacity of the battery.

These are also reasonably easy to find come replacement time. Sealed lead-acid batteries last about the same length as flooded ones (2-8 years) and tend to cost a few hundred dollars.

Pros

No maintenance means a more hassle-free life for you. While they’re more expensive than flooded batteries, they’re still among the most budget-friendly battery options. Per energy delivered however, these batteries will cost more than flooded batteries.

Cons

As mentioned, the price increase may be important to cost-conscious buyers. The inability to maintain the battery, as well, may result in less than optimal performance over their life as some gas is lost. A properly maintained flooded lead-acid battery will outlast a sealed battery, but a poorly maintained flooded battery will have a shorter lifespan than a sealed battery.

12v Gel Batteries

The next step up in lead-acid 12V battery types is the gel battery. Gel batteries suspend their lead plates inside a thicker gel instead of a liquid and are considered a type of VRLA battery. Gel 12V batteries generally last 2-5 years and cost anywhere from $100 up to $800-900. The cost typically goes up as the capacity of the battery increases.

Pros

Gel batteries don’t require any regular maintenance, and you don’t have to worry about fluid leaking out as with flooded batteries. Because of this, they do not need to be installed upright. They also work well in high temperatures, unlike other types of lead-acid batteries. This makes them commonly used in special use cases or as high-temperature starting batteries for engines.

12V Deep-Cycle Battery Models

Model Voltage(V) Capacity(Ah) Dimensions (L,W,H,Total Height*mm) Weight(kg) Terminal
BPG12260S 12 26 166*125*174*174 8.8 M5 11.5
BPG12280S 12 28 166*125*174*174 9.3 M5 9
BPG12280L 12 28 166*176*125*125 9.1 M5 9
BPG12-33 12 33 195*130*155*168 10.1 M5 12
BPG12-70S 12 70 260*169*211*216 22 M8 6
BPG12-80S 12 80 260*169*211*216 22.5 M8 8.5
BPG12-80 12 80 350*167*182*182 22 M8 6
BPG12-90 12 90 307*168*211*215 27 M8 6.5
BPG12-100 12 100 328*172*215*220 28 M8 6.5
BPG12-110 12 110 328*172*215*220 29.5 M8 5.5
BPG12-120 12 120 407*177*225*225 33 M8 5.5
BPG12-134 12 134 340*173*280*287 39.5 M8 4.4
BPG12-145 12 145 340*173*280*287 42 M8 4
BPG12-150 12 150 485*170-*241*241 42 M8 4.8
BPG12-160 12 160 532*207*214*219 48 M8 5.4
BPG12-180 12 180 532*207*214*219 50 M8 5
BPG12-200 12 200 522*240*219*224 57 M8 4.2
BPG12-225 12 225 522*240*219*224 61.5 M8 3.5
BPG12-240 12 240 522*240*219*224 65.5 M8 3.3
BPG12-230 12 230 522*269*204*209 67.5 M8 3
BPG12-260 12 260 522*269*220*225 70.5 M8 3.2
BPG12-150 Deep cycle GEL battery
BPG12-150 Deep cycle GEL battery

Cons

Gel batteries need more care when charging to make sure they’re not damaged. They require a particular type of charge controller and need slower charging cycles at lower voltages. All of this means an increased cost to the overall system beyond just the price of your batteries. Like other lead-acid types, deep discharges and fast recharge are not great for these batteries.

12v AGM Batteries

What is an AGM Battery? It is an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) technology that is a sealed lead-acid battery type.

In AGM 12V battery types, the lead plates sit between fiberglass saturated electrolyte mats. This allows increased efficiency in discharging and recharging. AGM batteries usually last 4-7 years and start in the $200 range.

Pros

AGM batteries don’t require any regular maintenance, are leak-free, and work well in most temperatures. They also don’t require the special charging equipment and care needed with Gel batteries and tend to have a longer lifespan.

12v Dual Purpose AGM Battery

Model Rated Voltage(V) 20hr @1.75V/cell RC (min) CCA -18℃(A) L(mm) +0/-2 W(mm) +0/-2 H(mm) +0/-3 TH(mm) +0/-3 Gross Weight(kg) Cell layout Terminal Hold-Down Handle
24M-550 12 79 150 550 260 168 208±2 233±2 23.0 1 12 B0 TS7
27M-580 12 92 175 580 306 168 208±2 233±2 27.0 1 12 B0 TS7
27M-800 12 92 200 800 306 168 208±2 231.5±2 28.5 1 12 B0 TS7
31M-720 12 105 200 720 330 173 212±2 235.5±2 29.8 1 12 B0 TS7
31M-825 12 105 200 825 330 173 212±2 235.5±2 30.6 1 12 B0 TS7
34M-800 12 62 125 800 275 171 200±2 235.5±2 21.6 1 12 B0 TS7
S34B20R 12 27 47 270 197 128 227 227 10.5 1 12 B0 TS7
S46B24R 12 45 68 325 238 128 227 227 13.5 1 12 B0 TS7
S55D23R 12 50 85 550 220 170 225 225 15.1 1 12 B0 TS7
S65D26L 12 68 125 400 257 171 227 227 17.3 1 12 B0 TS7
S75D31L 12 80 125 510 304 171 227 227 20.7 1 12 B0 TS7
31M-825 12v105ah dual purpose agm battery
31M-825 12v105ah dual purpose agm battery

Cons

These additional benefits come at a cost. AGM batteries can be significantly more expensive than lead-acid or gel batteries with similar capacities.

Challenges For All Lead-Acid Battery Types

All of the batteries we have discussed so far are variations of lead-acid battery technology and utilize the same internal chemical reaction. Because of this, they all suffer similar drawbacks in operational performance.

All lead-acid battery types require strict usage and charging requirements to get their full lifespan. Monitoring discharge and charge levels is required to get the full lifespan from these batteries as deep discharges and partial charges will damage the battery. These batteries also have long recharge times and need a special absorption charge cycle to get fully charged. This makes lead-acid batteries a poor choice for applications that involve lots of charges and discharge cycles, like renewable energy power applications.

12v Lithium-Ion Battery Types

Lithium-ion batteries are relatively new and are currently the most expensive of the 12V battery types. However, they offer many advantages for those willing to upgrade. Unlike their lead-acid counterparts, lithium-ion batteries work using lithium salt to create more efficient electricity storage. RV Lithium-Ion batteries cost around $900 each.

Pros

Lithium-ion batteries have the highest storage capacity of all RV 12V battery types and have the fastest and most efficient charging. They also last the longest before needing to be replaced, sometimes 3-5 times longer than traditional batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter and don’t require the regular maintenance that other types of batteries do.

Finally, lithium-ion batteries can discharge more of their stored energy without damaging the battery or reducing your power, unlike lead-acid batteries. Because of all these charging benefits, this type of battery performs very well in repetitive and partial charging tasks like solar power systems.

12v Lithium Battery Models (Replacement)

Model Voltage(V) Capacity(Ah) Dimensions (L,W,H,Total Height*mm) Weight(kg) Terminal Power(Wh)
LFP12.8-6 12.8 6 90*70*101*107 0.75 F2 76.8
LFP12.8-6 12.8 6 151*65*94*100 0.8 F2 76.8
LFP12.8-7 12.8 7 151*65*94*100 1.06 F2 89.6
LFP12.8-9 12.8 9 151*65*94*100 1.34 F2 115.2
LFP12.8-12 12.8 12 151*98*95*101 1.55 F2 153.6
LFP12.8-24 12.8 24 181*77*167*167 2.9 M5 307.2
LFP12.8-30 12.8 30 165*175*125*125 3.9 M5 384
LFP12.8-33 12.8 33 195*130*156*167 4.9 M6 422.4
LFP12.8-42 12.8 42 197*165*170*170 5.7 M6 537.6
LFP12.8-54 12.8 54 229*138*212*217 6.7 M6 691.2
LFP12.8-84 12.8 84 260*169*213*218 10.2 M8 1075.2
LFP12.8-100 12.8 100 328*172*215*220 13.1 M8 1280
LFP12.8-150 12.8 150 328*172*215*220 19.2 M8 1920
LFP12.8-200 12.8 200 522*238*218*220 27 M8 2560

Cons

Lithium-ion batteries are by far the most expensive up-front of the 12-volt battery types available. Additionally, since lithium-ion technology is newer, you will need to upgrade more than just your batteries if you want to convert to a lithium-ion battery system.

However, lithium-ion batteries last much longer and also employ electronics inside them that both protect the battery and you. These overall make the battery much safer than a lead-acid alternative.

Lastly, they will limit current to the nameplate label. This means most Lithium-ion 12 volt batteries will not work as an engine starting battery.

How to Choose the Best 12 Volt Battery Type For You

Picking the best 12-volt battery type for you is about trade-offs. Each battery type has advantages and disadvantages, and these can vary depending on your style of RV or travel.

The RVer on a tight budget may go for cheaper flooded lead-acid batteries, even if the long-term cost is more. Those who often operate in very hot or cold temperatures may want to avoid lead-acid batteries, however, in favor of a lithium-ion battery that will protect itself and perform better.

Gel batteries eliminate some of these issues, but the owner needs to be really comfortable with additional charging requirements.

RVers looking for low maintenance batteries should focus on sealed lead acid, gel, AGM, or lithium batteries and ignore flooded lead-acid batteries altogether.

Lithium-ion batteries are the obvious top choice, as they include an optimal mix of safety, low maintenance, efficiency, long lifespan, and power.

FAQ

What charger should I use for my 12V SLA battery?

Some applications will charge the 12V SLA battery automatically, like alarm or backup systems. You shouldn’t need to take the battery out and put it on a charger.

If you do need a charger for your application, generally you will want a charger that is ~10% of the capacity rating of the battery (at a 20hr rate).

For example, if you wanted to charge a 12 volt, 20 Ah battery, you would select a 12 volt charger with about 2 amp charging output (20 x 0.10 = 2)).

What SLA battery should I buy for my application?

We recommend starting with the voltage and dimensions. Most SLA batteries can be matched with that information. Then, you should check the terminal size and type. This is important if the battery uses spade (sometimes called blade) terminals as these come in two sizes: F1 and F2.

What is the life of a 12 volt SLA battery?

The overall longevity of your battery will depend on a number of factors, including the application it’s installed in, operating temperature, and the charging method. Most SLA batteries last between 300-500 cycles (recharges).

Which series are for which applications?

Stand by
Store electricity reliably over a long period of time.
Deep Cycle
A cycle is a discharge and a charge.
Long Life
The (chronological) life indicates how long a battery can be used under optimal conditions.
High Rate
The ability to provide energy in a short time

 


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