The L-word: a Different Kind of Battery

Denarau, Fiji

By: Kerry

The battery bank: 8×3=24 batteries, each 3.2V for a total of 540 amp hours at 24 volts. Enough, already?

At last! Our new house batteries arrived – only a couple of months late – shipped by sea from China via New Zealand.

Our bank of house batteries – which provide all the power on the boat, from toilets to water pumps to fridges to lights – decided to die back in May. It was to be expected – they were seven years old – but they could have chosen better timing, ie before we left NZ, where it would have been a simple replacement, rather than when we arrived in Fiji, where it was far from it.

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