Can I use these batteries instead?

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pmcall
pmcall Registered Users Posts: 10
Is the Power Battery Company TC-12150C 12v battery a compatible battery to the Trojan L16H 6v battery?

I am running a 48v system; so instead of strings of 8 with the Trojans, I assume I can run strings of 4 with the PBC batteries?

Thanks!

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  • crewzer
    crewzer Registered Users, Solar Expert Posts: 1,832 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: Can I use these batteries instead?
    Is the Power Battery Company TC-12150C 12v battery a compatible battery to the Trojan L16H 6v battery?
    If you’re asking if you can use the TC-12150C in the same battery bank as the L16H’s, the answer is absolutely not. The charge- and EQ voltages required by the flooded-cell L16H will ruin the VRLA (sealed) TC-12150C.
    I am running a 48v system; so instead of strings of 8 with the Trojans, I assume I can run strings of 4 with the PBC batteries?
    Yes, but only if:

    a)You use the PBC batteries instead of the Trojans, and
    b)You adjust your system’s charger settings to the PBS specs.

    See here for more information: http://www.battery-usa.com/Catalog/prc-12150c.pdf

    HTH,
    Jim / crewzer
  • pmcall
    pmcall Registered Users Posts: 10
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    Re: Can I use these batteries instead?
    crewzer wrote: »
    If you’re asking if you can use the TC-12150C in the same battery bank as the L16H’s, the answer is absolutely not. The charge- and EQ voltages required by the flooded-cell L16H will ruin the VRLA (sealed) TC-12150C.

    No that wasn't what I was asking.
    crewzer wrote: »
    Yes, but only if:

    a)You use the PBC batteries instead of the Trojans, and
    b)You adjust your system’s charger settings to the PBS specs.

    See here for more information: http://www.battery-usa.com/Catalog/prc-12150c.pdf

    HTH,
    Jim / crewzer

    Got it. But also looks like the AMP Hours are much lower on these compared to the Trojans.

    With Trojans being $400+ each, and some used PBCs available for $75. Of course I don't know what shape the PBCs are in, and I know you get what you pay for.
  • crewzer
    crewzer Registered Users, Solar Expert Posts: 1,832 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: Can I use these batteries instead?

    >$400 for L16H seems a tad high... these guys over in NM sell 'em for <$300: http://www.thesolar.biz/Trojan_batteries.htm

    Check with local battery houses for better prices. Also, try to contact HB Phil via this forum... he found great prices in SoCal on MK brand AGM batteries earlier this year. See: http://forum.solar-electric.com/showthread.php?t=416&page=7

    HTH,
    Jim / crewzer