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Old 06-05-2010, 09:32 PM
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Default Sam's club 8 volt batteries

Was at my local Sam's club today and noticed that their 8 volt golf cart batteries have changed. They are now black cased with green tops still labeled as Interstate. They used to be the white case with red top which everybody knew was a re-labeled US Battery. I didn't get a chance to get a close look but does anybody have any info on these new batteries? I really need to get over there again and do some measuring. I based all of my battery racks on the US Battery versions. Hope they haven't changed much. Batteries are all that is left for me to save up for my conversion.

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Old 06-05-2010, 09:42 PM
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I am going with the Interstates also and should be the same as the US but of course "new and improved". Curious my quoted price at the Interstate distributer is $107. How much at Sam's?
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I am going with the Interstates also and should be the same as the US but of course "new and improved". Curious my quoted price at the Interstate distributer is $107. How much at Sam's?
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Here in Atlanta they are $79 each with a $9 core charge. They are the target of my first pack.

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Old 06-06-2010, 12:12 PM
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Sam's/Walmart is changing over to the Johnson Controls batteries, so I don't know if those you see are the US Battery types. Starting earlier this year there was a web posting from Walmart saying that they were changing solely to the Johnson Controls manufacturer, but the labels might vary from place to place.

The color scheme of black and green does seem interesting, I haven't seen any batteries with that configuration.

I started off looking at Sam's Club, and I did like the price and specs, but I got too good of a deal from the local US Battery dealer to pass up.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: Sam's club 8 volt batteries

Thanks for the replies. I will try to get back over there tomorrow. Very curious about the dimensions. I think the price here was around the $79 also. I will post again after I get the dimensions and any other info.

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all I have to add is that investing in good batteries is worth it, and investing in a single-point watering system to be sure you keep floodies watered correctly is also worth it for longevity and time in maintenance......

You can't imagine how I wish I had installed my flow-rite water system sooner. But US batteries have held up remarkably well under really bad treatment in my car...
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:05 AM
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I think we are all after the same thing which is the US 8V. The "new" Interstates are kinda teal and black but still US as far as I know. I will be in posseesion of the flow-rite before the batteries. For me it removes most of the drawbacks of the Flooded cell while delivering decent range and cycle life for a manageable price. Taking these to 50% DODs and beyond are what traction batteries are designed for. Weight is the real tradeoff.
Where is the Flow-Rite best purchased?
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Default Re: Sam's club 8 volt batteries

"Only a rich man can afford cheap batteries"

Get a spec sheet for those. What is the actual lifetime of those batteries in a cycle application when taken to your desired %DOD?

How often will you take them to that %DOD?

And ultimately, how many times will you replace them in the same timeframe as a better battery that costs a little more?
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:29 AM
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Where is the Flow-Rite best purchased?
I bought direct from usbattery.com

I ended up NOT going with the standard 'manifolds' for each battery... they stick up higher than individual swivels and interfered with my battery hold-downs. I went with the individual swivels that snap into the top of each cell cap, and cutting custom tubing between all cells. Didn't take long.

The more of a pain issue is that on the 8v batteries the 'ears' on the flow-rite caps interfered with many of my cable runs... so I ended up sawing the ears off most of the caps. not difficult, but a pain. I wrote in to flow-rite to suggest that using the 'earless' design they have for industrial batteries would probbly be better for the typical EV-er.
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Default Re: Sam's club 8 volt batteries

Last time I was at Sam's Club the GC8 batteries were about $78 plus core chg.
In CA the ones that they have been supplying for over a year are Energizers, labeled/distributed by Johnson Controls.

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