Choosing The Right Battery For Your New ArkPak 730
So you just bought a new ArkPak 730 and now you need to power it. There is a wide range of 12 volt battery types & sizes available on the market today, choosing the right battery for your Ark battery box can be confusing without a little help. So here is some basic information to help you determine which battery is right for you and your new ArkPak. If you are looking to purchase the all new ArkPak 730 Buy Now!
Ark recommend deep cycle batteries for use in our power battery boxes. These will give you the prolonged, steady release of power most people are looking for when camping, boating and 4-wheeling. There are 3 main types of deep cycle batteries (as shown opposite) – AGM, lead acid, and Gel.
Battery size is measured in amp hours (ah) and most batteries range in size from 60 amp hours up to 130 amp hours. The larger the amp hours, the more power you will have available to you. A typical and highly suitable battery size for the ArkPak, commonly available in most stores, is the Group 31 size deep cycle battery. BatteryPete cannot ship traditional lead acid batteries via common carrier. So unless you are local and pickup at the warehouse you will want to find a local automotive supplier or major retailer like Wal-Mart or Home Depot that stocks the basic size automotive/marine type lead acid batteries. You will want to install a Marine Deep Cycle Battery if you are going the Lead acid route. Expect to pay between $100-140 bucks for a decent one. AGM and Gel batteries are all deep cycle batteries but the cycle life is 3 to 5x that of a lead acid battery. Expect to pay $300-$400 bucks for a good quality battery like East Penn Deka, LifeLine, or Odyssey. I personally like the Odyssey battery I have one in every one of my toys… Car, boats, motorcycles, etc… In one of my old cars I have the same odyssey battery in it I bought like 10 years ago. All of these batteries we always have factory fresh stock and offer very good prices on each. Usually no tax is collected if outside of Florida or California and all orders over $99 bucks ship free.
When it comes to size, it depends on how many days you plan to stay out for and what devices you need to power over that time. The larger the battery size, the more 12V (and 110V) energy you will have to power and recharge all of your essential and non-essential devices.
An AGM battery (Absorbed Glass Matt) is different to Flooded Lead Acid because all its electrolyte is “absorbed” in the separator material. The separator acts like a sponge and is saturated to approximately 98%. This is why an AGM battery is spill-proof and can be mounted in virtually any position. AGM battery plates can be flat or rolled and as there is no free flooding of acid, they can operate in any position, hence can last substantially longer than conventional cycling batteries.
Gel batteries are very similar to traditional flooded lead acid batteries. The difference is that a gelling agent is added to the electrolyte and pressure vents are added to the cover of the battery. The gelled electrolyte can also flow, which means there are some limitations in mounting orientations. Gel Batteries offer vibration, shock and corrosion resistance.
Lead Acid batteries
There are generally 2 types of flooded lead acid batteries – maintainable flooded lead acid and maintenance free flooded lead acid. All flooded lead acid batteries have vents that are continuously open to the environment. A “sealed” flooded battery generally refers to the cover design as being non accessible. Flooded batteries generally cannot be operated at an angle greater than 45 degrees.
Some frequently asked questions about your new ArkPak 730
Ark recommends an AGM battery for this purpose as it combines longevity of power with sufficiently high cold cranking amps to get your flat battery started.
Q. Can I use the ArkPak to jump start a car with a flat battery?
A. Yes you can as long as the battery installed in the ArkPak is a high cold cranking amp battery Eg: A Calcium or AGM battery.
Q. Can I jump start the car using a deep cycle battery?
A. Yes you can however you may need to connect the battery to the vehicle’s starting battery for up to 1 hour to charge the starting battery. The deep cycle battery will need to be fully charged or as near to that as possible.