I have to agree with the others Toni, it sounds like a maintenance issue with your battery
. Trojan does
make a very good battery
, so if it went dead after 2 years I'd have to suspect it wasn't a deep cycle, or if it was, using it as a start battery
will kill it. Charging/maintenance could have been factors as well. I posted a couple good links earlier so take a look at some of the info there.
When choosing a battery
for your boat, dedicated trolling motor
in this case, all that matters in the purchase decision is what you get for the money you spend, assuming of course, quality
is equal. I already gave a good example between a Cabela's battery
and the Optima, and for $20 less money, I get almost an hour more reserve capacity. A little easier to make a decision that way than simply looking at "similar" batteries without knowing their actual performance numbers. To decide between the LS battery
and Sears, you need to know what type each battery
is and what its reserve capacity is. Once you know that, you are now comparing apples to apples.
Warranty is a non-issue to me, if a battery
is going to fail due to manufacturing defects, it's usually going to do so within a year, year and a half or less. All battery
mfr's know this and that's one reason why battery
warranties are short. The other reason is they have no control over how the battery
is cared for once it's sold, so they limit their exposure through shorter warranty periods.
I've had numerous DieHard RV/Marine batteries in the past, and they always died hard early. No more for me.