Is a deep cycle battery required to use on a power boat lift hoist?

I just purchased a shore commander 12/24 volt power boat lift direct drive hoist. It doesn’t state in the directions that it is required, but I have been told that it is. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

4 Responses to “Is a deep cycle battery required to use on a power boat lift hoist?”

  1. trunorth  on December 24th, 2011

    Deep cycle is the only choice for this application.

    Get the biggest, baddest one you can find, and add a trickle charge.

    My ShoreStation with battery power sucks it dry in one up/down cycle.


  2. jason s  on December 24th, 2011

    A little complex to get into, but a deep cycle would be preferable as it delivers consistent power as it discharges…a “starting” battery will work but will deliver strong power and discharge rather rapidly.

    Go with a quality deep cycle.


  3. works 4 me  on December 24th, 2011

    save your self a heap of hurt,, take the problem to a sparkie and let them guide you


  4. ricsudukai  on December 24th, 2011

    Yes – AGM or traction type gel to cope with extreme loads and heavy discharge. Starting type battery will fail very quickly. A good multistage charger is a must. I suggest C-Tek (I fit these to rescue vehicles and boats) or any high quality brand.

    The battery you choose is best as large as you can find, and the charger should be sized for that battery too – not too big or too small. If you put the right battery and charger together you can expect 7-10 years of service from the battery. Go cheapo and you might be lucky to finish the season.


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