Best batteries to use?

Hello everyone,

As the wiring lead of Team 811, I recently had to recycle a total of 10 batteries… (8 in which were all killed by our 2018 bot). Right now we have 4 operational batteries: 2 Enersys batteries, a Duracell battery, and the MK Battery from the KOP. I wanted to pick up another couple Enersys batteries but I couldn’t find them anywhere! Outside of Enersys, what batteries have personally done everyone well? Our team has had the best experience with Enerys, Duracell, and Werker batteries, though it seems that Interstate batteries and Power Sonic are getting all the hype nowadays. Any recommendations?

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I usually hear that MK is reliably good, and relatively affordable. It’s what we’re using this year.

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If you do end up choosing MK, call them up and tell them that you are part of an FRC team. They will get you an FRC battery and may give you a discount/free shipping.

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MK or Duracell have been most reliable for us. Another crucial factor is proper cycling and charging with a quality charger.
We have some batteries that are still in great condition after three or four years.

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Another crucial factor is to NEVER let the batteries sit partially charged. Recharge them right away after use, and occasionally during the summer and off season.

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And by “right away”, I hope you mean “after 20-30 minutes of cool down time following a run with the robot”. But yeah, I wouldn’t want them to spend days and days discharged. :slight_smile:

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We use the interstate batteries

We use exclusively MK for competitions.

We use interstate

MK Powered is the way to go.

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along the same lines, as soon as you start to see brownouts (maybe before), swap them off the robot.

I know some robots are really hard on batteries, but for better or worse these lead acid ones weren’t designed for deep discharge cycles.

So we have yet to run this year’s battery data but we have found that Duracell batteries normally preform the best. However we have had I think one “die” on us, not in competition just they started acting weird so we diagnosed them. we believe that it has a bad cell so we set it aside for further testing. However they were also the batteries that received the most wear and tear so to speak because they were the ones that we always used. We have our 2018 battery data published here. For 2019 all of our 4 Duracell batteries were within the top 10. Specifically 1, 2, 4, and 5. If you have any questions please ask me and I would be more than happy to answer them.

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Agreeing with above that the key thing is to not let your batteries spend any more time discharged than necessary. The only really bad batteries I’ve encountered* were last year’s KoP batteries. The rule I’ve tried to follow is that as soon as the battery is no warmer than your [healthy] pitmate’s forehead†, charge it. If you don’t leave the batteries on float charge in the off season (and there are good reasons not to especially in unoccupied spaces), top them off at least once and preferably twice per month.

* That is, they did not perform well for at least three years when properly maintained.

† I don’t really know if this is the right temperature, but it’s worked for me so far and it’s reasonably consistent.

Batteries don’t die. They are murdered.

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Thank you for everyone’s responses! We’ve concluded that we’ll buy one Duracell and one MK Powered battery and see which one turns out better. I also took a quick survey at a Week 1 competition and most teams seem to use Duracell and MK as well.

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