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Sail Smoothly: Fullriver AGM Delivers Reliable Power for Marine Vehicles

Long before space exploration, before humans dreamed of travel among the stars, we looked to the stars for something much closer to Terrafirma, for navigation to more immediate frontiers reached only by traversing bodies of water. Travel by boat today is much more commonplace and taken for granted then in times past when each new journey could have massive historical impact. But humans are not fish, and so the precarious nature of travel on open water is still very real. Systems in marine environments absolutely must be reliable. From the municipal ferries on the Puget Sound, or the rescue boats of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the UK, to a pro bass fisherman like Lucas Bogosian, Fullriver AGM is out there getting the job done.

Just Pure Reliability

We’ll just come out and say it, a premium quality AGM, like those made by Fullriver, is the most reliable battery format. Looking at the battery from a design point of view, Fullriver batteries account for all of the real-world difficulties (vibration etc.) The Cast grid plates of Fullriver AGM are far more resilient than the tiny, spot-welded nickel that lithium batteries employ, not to mention the other design features like compression packed cells, and special intercell connections. Lithium works or it doesn’t, it’s either on or it’s off. With AGM, even if there is an issue, it will still allow some energy to be used. You won’t be left dead in the water by AGM. Environmentally, the ambient temps encountered at least part of the year in marine can be very cold. AGM stands up better to cold without the need for special heating systems which themselves become another potential failure point. Different users will have varying priorities when it comes to their marine application, but reliability should always be at the top.

Oh, how it Cranks

Perhaps one of the most undervalued components of any vehicle type has tended to be the battery. The starting battery is the lynchpin that has ruined many days before they even began, or worst of all, being stranded mid-journey. And then there’s the diesel engine, as one industry veteran put it recently, “Diesel compression is no joke.”  All Fullriver batteries have plenty of cranking amps, but when the job calls for a big surge of power, there are few that compete with Full Throttle. In the first five seconds of starting, the thin-plate, pure-lead of Full Throttle produces a surge of cranking that is basically off the charts. Having this sort of power on the other end of the key is literal peace of mind. For dual-purpose batteries there’s no need to mention the competition because there are few contenders. Scroll through the Pulse hot cranking amps (PHCA) and reserve capacity of Full Throttle, it’s all there.  

What will it Cost?

AGM strikes a balance between upfront cost and total cost of ownership. While being ~20% more than flooded batteries, Fullriver AGM makes up for this upfront cost with no maintenance costs to consider, faster charging, and often longer cycle life with more usable capacity. AGM is significantly less expensive in terms of upfront cost, and still gives newer technologies a run for their money in terms of overall life.

And if longer life is a high priority, while maintaining safety and reliability, check out the Fullriver EGL Series which boasts higher cycle-life than any other lead-acid battery.

While we may not be crossing uncharted waters any longer, reliable vessels are as critical as ever. It may not be a large municipal ferry or an actual life-saving boat, or maybe it is, but the quality, reliability, long-life, and safety should never be compromised when choosing a battery. Fullriver provides all these qualities and much more. Put your trust in the battery that is sought after around the world.

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