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Choose the Correct Leisure Battery for Your Requirements

Choose the Correct Leisure Battery for Your Requirements

The best Advice from The BBL Battery Experts!

With the holiday season now in full swing and many people choosing to ‘STAYCATION’; interest and sales of Caravans and Motorhomes has never been higher! Make sure you choose the correct Leisure battery so it performs as you need it to and once you have chosen your battery simple care and maintenance will ensure reliability and longevity.

Please see below for some top tips from the BBL Battery Experts.


All batteries will self-discharge, even those that have been removed from the vehicle. If the charge is allowed to drop too low then they cannot be recovered. Batteries that remain in situ for long periods of time without being used may also have the additional problem of devices, such as security alarms, draining the battery even faster and further.

BBL advise that any battery that is not in service is charged regularly using a good quality, intelligent battery charger designed to maintain charge and to gently work to battery keeping it at optimum voltage and healthy.

When charging, you can either remove the battery or leave it connected which will allow any security devices to remain active. It is very important to check your battery charger’s instructions to ensure it does have a maintenance mode and is safe to be left connected for long periods of time.

When it comes to maintaining AGM or Lithium Iron batteries you will need a compatible charger that will work with these technologies. Failure to do so will result in permanent damage.


Choose a battery that will suit your requirements. BBL recommends that you consider all of the points below when making your choice.

SIZE - You will always be limited by the amount of space you have to fit your battery in. The battery’s footprint must be the same size or smaller than your battery tray or locker it is being fitted into.

WATT HOURS - This relates to the amount of power your battery can supply when at full charge. Certain appliances will require more power than others. This must be taken into consideration and be based on the highest powered equipment you will be using.

CYCLIC LIFE - This relates to the number of cycles the battery is capable of performing or in its simplest form, how many times the battery can be discharged to 50% and then charged back up again to 100%. This is a cycle. The more cycles a battery can perform, the longer its service life will be.

CAPACITY - Which is the amount of power your battery has to run your appliances. The amount of power is finite. A comparison can be made to a glass of water. The larger the glass, the more water it can hold.



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Tina 07 January, 2020 Reply

Amazing help and service from the Swindon Branch this morning after my car wouldn’t start and taking a recommendation to bring it to BBL. Matt and the team were really friendly, helpful and efficient from my initial phone call to fitting, which was done immediately!  I am very thankful and will certainly be recommending this place to everyone. Thanks again highly recommended!


Gerald Lawrence 21 December, 2019 Reply

DONT GO ANYWHERE ELSE.BBLbatteries recommended by Breakdown chap saying batteries cheaper than anywhere else so went along.
yup batteries cheaper than elsewhere by £20 including fitting!!!!

Great service from the staff including walking out with a mug torch and a smile!!


Kerry 07 December, 2019 Reply

I have to leave a great review here.  on approach Matt that worked behind the counter was amazing he just seems to have a customer approach that would make u want to come back. I’m sure I won’t need to. But he’s an absolute asset to the business. Thanks for your help. Kerry.


George Paterson 06 December, 2019 Reply

Visited the Truro Branch today and was most impressed by the two lads behind the counter. I am somewhat deaf and cannot see particularly well and explained the problem I had with a small compact tractor battery which had limited space in the engine compartment. They talked me through the size and capacity I needed and even helped unload the old battery from my friends car and found a replacement model in the store which should do the trick they said. Upon reaching my home the new battery did the trick - fitted into the compartment perfectly and I am a very happy ole boy. Thank them very much please for their patience and guidance. Very much appreciated.


Jacek Pelc 06 December, 2019 Reply

Top service. Guys were really helpful. Order came on time.  I visit a few shops around estate and they had the best prices. Definitely I will recommend BBL Batteries to my frends. Very pleased. Thanks.


barbara brown 03 December, 2019 Reply

Very friendly, helpful quick service and a reasonable price for a new battery. Thanks


joanna wiggans 22 August, 2019 Reply

Went in today for new leisure battery.  What fabulous service offered, so helpful and knowledgable. Fitted and very good value.  put me in a good mood for the rest of the day

fabulous customer service


Debbie cantin 15 July, 2019 Reply

Lee in the Plympton branch helped me today. I was in a bit of a stress as my battery was flat and the RAC signposted me to your store.
Lee was really professional and helpful , he changed my battery for me and I would definitely recommend BBL to friends and family. Thanks Lee!


Paul Compton 09 July, 2019 Reply

Excellent and friendly service. Matched the price of a competitor. Very helpful. Knowledge staff. Would definitely come again.


Martin Collenette 21 June, 2019 Reply

Mike in Truro is a battery hero!! He managed to get my wife’s old electric bike’s battery repacked and rejuvenated via Bristol battery repacking department. The alternative was a new one at twice the price and a possible 3 to 4 months delay. Fantastic, thanks to all concerned. Regards Martin Collenette



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