Hey Woodgassers. I’m thinking it’s time to invest in a decent deep-cycle battery(s) for emergency/camping usage since we’ve already had 3 power outages (2 of which were >48 hrs) this year, and expecting another tonight/tomorrow.
I have a 900/750W inverter that can power my mini-fridge/freezer, the pellet stove I just “fixed” (helps to plug in ALL the sensors/wires), and a few LED lights. I wish I had one that could comfortably power my series of 10-Amp (1,200W) power tools, but that’s on the future still.
I know it’s bad for automotive batteries to get drained down repeatedly, so using my truck battery and then getting a jump-start isn’t very feasible.
I would probably go for an RV/Marine deep-cycle battery over things like forklift batteries, because I would like to retain the ability to toss it in my vehicle for camping usage, as needed.
Would folks please chip in their suggestions/experience on which battery(s) I should be looking at?
Secondly, do I need to get a special/dedicated charger for these (no solar/wind/hydro power, except from PUD grid) or could I just hook it up to my truck, either with or without the standard battery? If I can just “jump charge” it, what’s the optimal way to do so?