Traveling in Recreational Vehicles (RVs) can take you to remote locations that are adventurous, thrilling, and unique. The pursuit of new and exciting experiences, however, can lead you to remote locations where road assistance or electric grid access are not readily available. In some places, even cell service is not available. Under these circumstances, it becomes more apparent that the dependability of the RV is crucial to the welfare of everyone traveling onboard.
The enjoyment of an RV is due in no small part to the performance of the batteries. It’s the batteries, after all, that provide the starting power, as well as auxiliary and emergency power for devices that enhance the experience (climate control, audio/visual systems, microwave, refrigerator), provide convenience (global positioning systems, cellphone chargers), and ensure safety and security (rear-view cameras, electric locks, and communications systems as needed).
While some travelers depend on their RVs every day, many travelers use RVs on a seasonal basis, so it is important to use a battery that will operate even after being idle during the offseason.
ODYSSEY® battery plates are made with pure lead, not lead alloy, and are thinner than typical lead alloy plates used in conventional lead acid batteries. More plates result in more surface area, which provides greater cranking power (up to 2x) to start the engine. Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology, additionally, eliminates the risk of galvanic grid corrosion that affects other batteries made with alloy plates.
Premium Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, like ODYSSEY® Extreme SeriesTM batteries, that use advanced TPPL technology, self-discharge at a much slower rate than batteries containing additives. This enables ODYSSEY® batteries to have a shelf life of up to two years at 77°F (25°C) before they need to be recharged. ODYSSEY® batteries also are among the sealed lead acid batteries that provide the highest recharge efficiency available in the market; they are capable of 100 percent recharge in as little as four hours.