Tubular FLA’s for off-grid battery bank...

alyazalyaz Posts: 114Solar Expert ✭✭✭
I have been looking at replacement batteries for our off-grid home.  Likely will have to replace them before this winter.  Almost every supplier I have talked to tells me to consider their line of tubular style battery.  So my question is, each supplier seems to have a different ‘brand’ of tubular battery, which makes price comparisons and research more difficult.  Is there a brand of tubular that has proven itself at this point?  A couple of the brands I have been quoted on are; TAB, Davidson and Eternity Technologies.  
3.3 kW solar.  3 Midnite Solar controllers; 5 lightening suppressors.  Magnum’s inverter; auto gen start, BMK.  Davidson 2 v FLA’s - 24v bank.  Perkins diesel gen.

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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,198Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    Weilda and Hopekkie are two examples of tubular batteries with a good reputation, they're not cheap being about double the cost of golf cart batteries, which is on par with lithium. Read specifications very carefully, the tests are often done in ideal conditions and charging is often based on grid power. Contact the manufacturers directly regarding solar charging to get more accurate information, dealers want to make a sale, just an option.
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery bank 

  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,899Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Hawker and HUP, along with many other mfg's have flat plate batteries with 10+ year warranty  I don't think tubular is worth the price.
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  • alyazalyaz Posts: 114Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    Some of the tubular batteries also provide a 10 year warranty.  For example, the flat plate Davidsons I had were a 10 year warranty.  They are into year 12 or 13 now.  Davidson tells me that their tubular batteries are even more robust.  
    3.3 kW solar.  3 Midnite Solar controllers; 5 lightening suppressors.  Magnum’s inverter; auto gen start, BMK.  Davidson 2 v FLA’s - 24v bank.  Perkins diesel gen.
  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,198Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    What's the price difference between the two, out of curiosity? 
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery bank 

  • alyazalyaz Posts: 114Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    Davidson is a Canadian company.  When I priced their same a/hr flat plates about a year ago, they were the same price as the tubular FLA’s they have now.  So in Cdn $, the 2 volt, tubular Davidsons, 1064 a/hr are $532 ea.  Another local seller has the tubular TAB 2 volts at 1000 a/hr for $459 ea.
    3.3 kW solar.  3 Midnite Solar controllers; 5 lightening suppressors.  Magnum’s inverter; auto gen start, BMK.  Davidson 2 v FLA’s - 24v bank.  Perkins diesel gen.
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