Narrow Boat Batteries
Many of our
potential customers ask us about how the batteries work on a narrow boat. So in
this article we will explain the two different types of batteries you have on
board and how they are used.
size of the battery unit does not affect the ratings or the performance of the
battery. The batteries provide you with the main source of power for all your
electrical appliances on your boat.
also known as a Traction Battery
battery is designed to deliver a large amount of power in a quick period of
time. This is perfect for when you are trying to start the engine. A cold
engine will need a large amount of power to get the engine going.
also known as a Deep Cycle Battery
batteries you will have a bank of batteries sometimes 3 or 4 batteries
together. The leisure batteries run your day to day appliances such as your
water pump, cooker ignition and lights etc. Therefore they need to deliver power over long periods of time.
have a voltage of 12volts not 240volts like in a home.
types of batteries are kept in separate banks, typically on opposite sides of
The batteries are kept apart for a good reason; the
leisure batteries can be drained when they are trying to maintain the
entertainment systems and other appliances within the boat if running for a
long period of time. If this does happen you can then rely on the starter
battery to start your engine and to recharge the leisure batteries.
keys are used to keep the power stored in the batteries away from the
circuitry. It also helps to avoid the batteries beginning drained when the
equipment is left unused over long periods of time.
Watch this video which explains the differences between the two sorts of batteries used on a narrow boat...