Alpha Batteries stock a wide range of leisure batteries from top brands including Lucas, Leoch and Banner as well heavy duty deep cycle leisure batteries, alongside a range of budget brands. All of our batteries are available with free nationwide next day delivery. With a product for every budget, you're sure to find the right leisure battery for your caravan or motorhome from our wide selection.
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LayoutPost TypeCapacity (Ah)220Warranty (Years)2 Years
LayoutPost TypeCapacity (Ah)85Warranty (Years)2 Years
LayoutPost TypeCapacity (Ah)90Warranty (Years)4 Years
LayoutPost TypeCapacity (Ah)50Warranty (Years)2 Years
LayoutPost TypeCapacity (Ah)110Warranty (Years)5 Years
What is a Leisure Battery?
A leisure battery is a battery used in caravans and motorhomes. The battery powers all of the onboard equipment, from the heating to the lighting to your television. A lot of people wonder why they can't use a car battery in place of a leisure battery as they tend to be cheaper, and the answer is very simple...
Car batteries and leisure batteries are completely different types of batteries. Car batteries are vehicle batteries that are designed to supply a high current of around 200 amps over a short period of time to start the engine. Although this drains the power from the battery, the power loss is soon replaced as the vehicle's alternator kicks in. Car batteries are designed to have a shallow cycle of charge and discharge and when the car is driven, the power lost from starting the engine is replaced.
Leisure batteries, on the other hand, are auxillary power batteries designed to provide a lower current over a much longer period of time. A leisure battery will run for a much longer period of time than a car battery, powering all of your equipment. Leisure batteries are also charged at the mains and the power from them is not replaced while the battery is running.
Although car batteries might be able to run a caravan or motor home, they are not designed to be used in this way and will not provide optimum electrical performance. It's important to always use batteries for the purpose they were designed for, to reduce the risk of the battery failing.
What is a Deep Cycle Leisure Battery?
A deep cycle leisure battery provides "deep" cycles of charge and discharge (a high number of charges and discharges) and is designed to provide these charges with no adverse effects to the overall health of the battery. Deep cycle batteries should be used with high drain applications, like caravan motor movers.
Choosing a Leisure Battery
When choosing a leisure battery, the most important thing to take note of is the Ah (the ampere/hours), which shows how much energy the battery stores - i.e., how long the batteries last for between charges. The higher the Ah, the longer the battery will last between charges. However, the higher the Ah, the larger the battery tends to be, and you are restricted by the size of the caravan's battery box.
The majority of leisure batteries follow a traditional manufacturing process with wet lead acid as they are cheap to produce and easy to look after, although they have to be handled very carefully due to their acid content. They should be stored upright, whereas gel leisure batteries contain no liquid and so can be stored at any orientation. Gel batteries are usually more expensive than lead acid batteries, and they can overcharge fairly easily. AGM batteries use fibreglass material, making them extremely resistant, spill-proof and very strong, but again, they are more expensive than other types of leisure battery.
How Long Will the Battery Last For?
The life of any battery depends on how frequently it is used. The more appliances being ran by the battery, the more quickly the power will deplete. A battery will last on average for around five days, running things like lamps, the water pump, television and more. Your battery should never be ran down to less than 80% capacity and it should never totally discharge. In most cases, if you let the battery run down to less than 50%, it will not fully recharge again.
Charging a Leisure Battery
If the battery is kept in the caravan, you can hook it up so that it charges from the car battery whilst driving. Whilst you're on-site, using a mains hook-up will charge the battery. Solar and wind chargers can also be used, although they do only provide a trickle charge. When the battery isn't in use, you should use a leisure battery charger around once a month to prevent the battery from discharging.