Blog, 25th Anniversary

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Boating Enthusiast

Holiday gift shopping is often inspired by the interests of the intended recipients. For example, gift ideas for boating enthusiasts include spill-proof drinking glasses and cups, waterproof storage and clothing, and quick-drying shoes. Electronic gadgets, such as fish finders for boating anglers, are also popular. Another gift idea is a marine dual-purpose battery, which can start the boat motor and power trolling and house loads. House loads are typically 12-volt accessories like pumps, lights and audio equipment, as well as fish finders.

Trolling and house loads from onboard accessories require a low but sustained current with deep discharges that would deplete a starting battery. Most dual-purpose batteries are the Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) type, in which the positive and negative plates are separated by absorbent fiberglass mats saturated in electrolyte and sealed. An advancement in AGM technology is Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) batteries, such as ODYSSEY® Marine Dual Purpose batteries from EnerSys®.

The pure lead plates found in ODYSSEY® Marine Dual Purpose batteries are thinner than alternative chemistries, so more can fit into the same footprint to provide as much as 15 percent more surface area. With more surface area for the electrolyte to react with, more power is generated for a given volume. Pure lead plates also reduce the risk of sulfation and corrosion, which can cause premature battery failure. TPPL technology produces both the Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) needed to start the motor dependably and deep cycling up to 400 cycles at 80 percent Depth of Discharge (DOD) to power trolling and house loads.

ODYSSEY® Marine Dual Purpose batteries simplify recommissioning, as they tolerate storage abuses better than conventional flooded lead acid batteries. They can be stored for two years at temperatures of 77°F (25°C) or lower and still operate reliably, even after being idle when decommissioned for winter.

Their AGM construction makes ODYSSEY® batteries vibration-resistant, capable of being mounted sideways without spilling and virtually maintenance-free, as no watering or changing is required. They are also backed by a limited two- to four-year full replacement warranty.

With the CCA to start the motor and the deep-cycling capability to support trolling and house loads for hours, ODYSSEY® Marine Dual Purpose batteries deliver premium performance. They offer twice the overall power and three times the life of conventional marine batteries and are the perfect gift for the motorboat owner in your life.

 This year, EnerSys® marks 25 years of ODYSSEY® battery production. To follow the ODYSSEY® battery 25th Anniversary journey, visit our website at or connect with us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook by using the hashtag #MYODYSSEY.


EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes energy systems solutions and motive power batteries, specialty batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Energy Systems, which combine enclosures, power conversion, power distribution and energy storage, are used in the telecommunication, broadband and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies and numerous applications. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other industrial electric powered vehicles requiring stored energy solutions. Specialty batteries are used in aerospace and defense applications, large over-the-road trucks, premium automotive, medical and security systems applications. EnerSys also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers in over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world. With the NorthStar acquisition, EnerSys has solidified its position as the market leader for premium Thin Plate Pure Lead batteries, which are sold across all three lines of business. More information regarding EnerSys can be found at