Just in case you’re wondering why anyone would need to read an elaborate article on the best RV battery; we should probably point out that finding the best RV battery might be the only difference between; whether you thoroughly enjoy your RV experience (especially when you’re off the grid) or whether it feels you with such deep seethed misery that you decide never to do it again (by ‘it’ we mean going off the grid with your RV – or even driving the RV at all)
Face it. Electricity is the life and bane of human existence. okay, it may not be that serious, but it surely is a basic need; and you cannot entrust the task of providing electricity to just any battery. so, here is a collation of our top recommendations on the market; as well as a few tips and tricks to navigating the market and finding the best RV battery.
Choosing The Best RV Battery
Battery Tender Lithium Battery
Manufacturer: Battery Tender
Weight: 20 pounds
Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.4 x 5.1 inches
For an RV battery that weighs merely 20 pounds, the Battery Tender BTL35A480C packs a surprising punch – however, in contrast to the manufacturers claim that it produces five times more power and life than the typical lead acid battery (minus the acid), it doesn’t deliver in terms of durability – especially if used for extended periods at a time.
Notwithstanding, the battery manages to deliver a few thousand deep cycles, until it reaches 20% – as well as fit easily into most RV battery boxes thanks to its foam spacers and its Quad terminal configuration feature that allows it to be mounted in virtually any direction.
To top things off, it is light weight and doesn’t stall on account of its cranking power and it certainly doesn’t need any liquids or gels – thereby eliminating the safety hazard often associated with using batteries that require such liquids.
Lightweight – and still packs a punch
Can be mounted in any direction and fits into most battery boxes
No hazard of using liquid or gels
Quad terminal configuration feature
There is no information on using the charger for winter storage – if you’re looking to use it for the winter.
Dimensions lower its chances of fitting in a big battery box.
Odyssey PC680 Battery
One of Odyssey’s biggest perks happens to be its ability to withstand extreme tempretures and a vibration resistance feature that allows it gives the battery chassis protection from vibration related shock and extends durability.
The battery also delivers on the manufacturers promise to recharge quickly – and boasts one of the most rapid recharge efficiencies of sealed lead battery on the market. It has a long cycle life and yields up to 400cycles even at 89% discharge depth. Overall, the Odyssey is a great buy except for the small deception you’ll find in its ad that suggests that you might need to buy L terminal adapters separately – well if you do, you might have an additional set of L terminal adapters because – surprisingly, the battery comes with its adapters.
This is a dry cell battery – which often means easier maintenance.
Provides up to 70% longer cycle life when compared with other deep cycle batteries
No need to purchase terminal adapters.
There are a few size issues when used with some RV’s
Optima Batteries Deep Cycle Marine Battery
If we had to have a favorite RV battery – it would be the Optima 8016-103; and it’s not just because it comes highly recommended, with users raving about its excellence performance – it is because Optima batteries are generally impressively designed such that they are a notch higher than the typical batteries.
For one, this optima D34M is designed to function both as a deep cycle battery and a starting battery, so that users that choose this battery will be guaranteed of a battery that is both maintenance free and that won’t stall.
The battery also boasts a high reserve capacity and offers a long shelf-life and sufficient power – even in bad weather. The optimum D34M also tops the chart where vibration resistance, and fast recharge time. Not to mention, it is capable of maintaining optimum performance because of its unique Spiral Cell design thanks to the formation of continuous lead plates.
Has dual functions – as a starting and deep cycle battery
It is light weight and durable.
Unlike the Battery Tender, it’s battery is not in well protected packaging. And its dimensions are not one-size-fits all, so remember to use the verification button on its Amazon page.
UPG Sealed Lead Acid Battery
Apart from the fact that the performance of this battery can be improved to be about ½’’ longer – such that it can accommodate more than the already allowed 2 connections per terminal without running out of thread – it is a clear winner.
From the fact that its motors yield a remarkable performance rating (deep-cycle), cranking up to 13.6 volts, to the fact that the battery is multifunctional and can be used for a variety of functions – this model just might be the perfect battery for outdoor enthusiasts.
The battery is also designed to be installed in any direction – making mounting a breeze. It is also shock resistant and its vibration-resistant capacity can be regulated using a valve. Overall, you will find the battery’s longevity and versatility quite impressive.
Durable and versatile
Multifunctional and delivers an exceptional deep cycle performance
Stainless steel hardware does not allow for more than 2 connections.
Vmaxtanks AGM Deep Cycle rechargeable Battery
The VMAX battery is made specifically to function for solar panels and smart chargers, wind turbine as well as inverters. So, if you have solar panels for your RV this is one of your topmost options.
It is designed to last for long drives and is perfectly crafted to withstand shock as its body has hex screw in its terminals and is made out of military grade plates. It is both multifunctional and environmentally friendly. Take note however, that while it is a deep cycle battery, it is safest for the battery to not be deep-cycled too frequently, and it is best to use up to 25% of the battery before charging it fully again.
Better power than most other batteries
Comes in great packaging.
Quite heavy compared to its counterparts
ExpertPower Rechargeable Deep Cycle Battery
Expert Power is a 12V deep-cycle lead-acid battery that utilizes the AGM technology and is hands-down one of the most efficient batteries that can be used for the mobility of your machine. It is user-friendly, and versatile and requires minimal maintainace – not to mention, it is enclosed in a durable casing with the acid sandwiched in-between plates that are immobilized by fiberglass.
It runs efficiently regardless of weather conditions and is accompanied by a valve regulator that also happens to be spill-proof so that the battery can be placed at virtually any position and still remain without any leaks.
Certainly a winner.
Sturdy and well designed
Versatile and lightweight
Performs regardless of weather.
Compared to other lead-acid batteries, battery doesn’t last very long.