AGM batteries are used in RVs, motorcycles, power sports, marine applications, wheelchair operations and more. They are required in places where regulations mandate the use of non-spillable batteries. Airports, shopping centers, schools and health care facilities all make use of these batteries, especially when they are designed to offer deep-cycle abilities.
An AGM battery is not necessarily capable of operating as a deep-cycle battery. If the packaging indicates that it is, you can use it as one, however, most times it is a non-deep cycle or starting type of battery.
There is a difference between AGM batteries and gel batteries, although some people find this confusing. AGMs work when a high amount of amps are required for an application, and they can last for years as long as they are not discharged more than half of their full capacity over their lifetime.
They also recharge faster than gel batteries. The cost of gel batteries and AGMs are comparable. However, depending on the application for which they are being used, it is important to buy high-quality AGM products.
Most manufacturers will offer product brochures online so that you can compare abilities and safety features. Look for batteries that have flame arrestors and high compression between the plates and glass mats. It is important to find batteries that will not leak.
For many people, it is also important to buy a product that is recyclable. There are some brands like Trojan that offer recyclable AGM products. Other top manufacturers include Concorde which makes a popular battery called the Sun Xtender. This has a bolt-on connection which gives the battery a completely reliable connection. Duralast also makes AGM battery products and aims for many of them to be used for motorsports.
You can compare products online and purchase batteries online or at a local battery specialty store. Different AGM products are made for various applications, and products come in a variety of price points. Look for batteries that are proven to be leak proof and spill proof for your safety and for the longevity of the battery itself.
Also, look for the efficiency a battery delivers for the application needed. It should be able to deliver high currents without losing voltage, and it should have a good amount of internal resistance. Most batteries listed for sale online will indicate if they are deep-cycle capable and also which applications they are best suited.
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