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Dollar for dollar I have had good service out of plain old fashioned lead. Most of the time when people have premature failure it is due to not following a "healthy" cycle. You dont let a lead battery go "dead" it damages the plates inside because they corrode without activity. I keep a trickle charger (1.5 amp deal from Harbor freight) mounted inside my battery box so when I get home I stick the powercord to it every time, whether I used the battery or not. I am in starting my 3rd year with my cheapo wallymart troller and it is doing fine running my troller,depth finder and occasionally a spot light. Cant say the same for my starting battery, but I didn't keep a slow charge on it until I had my battery trouble last month, now I do. Always having that fresh charge keep the load off of the charging system on the engine as well and with alot of the older motors like mine the system is a low amperage and somewhat delicate unit.
 
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