Our series of posts that eventually became the Battery Installation and Maintenance Online Book was, and continues to be, some of the most popular content we have ever published for one simple reason: The information therein, sourced from a battery manufacturer and hundreds of comments from real cruisers, all filtered through the sieve of our some 35 years of experience living aboard boats with batteries, can double, triple or even quadruple the life you get from your batteries and so save you a pile of money and a lot of aggravation.
To make that information even better and more useful we have just completed a total update and rewrite, and published the result as the second edition of Battery Installation and Maintenance. This Online Book joins our other two second edition books, Heavy Weather Tactics and Weather Reception and Analysis, as well as 20 first edition online books, several of which we are well on our way to rewriting to our second edition standard.
Brand New Chapter
Wait, it gets better. While rereading the hundreds of comments to the first edition of Battery Installation and Maintenance we realized that we had a unique survey of battery types in use in the voyaging community in our hands. So we have combined that with our own experience living with all three types of lead-acid batteries into a new chapter on which battery type you should buy, depending on your usage profile, that we will publish in the next few days.
That chapter will only be available to members, right from publication date, which is only fair since it’s the members that pay the bills while we put in the huge number of hours it takes to bring an Online Book up to our second edition standard—and this chapter is part of that.
If you are not an AAC Bookclub member, you can still view our full online library, complete with tables of contents of each online book, and learn about becoming a member here.
For those of you that don’t wish to become members, not to worry, this is not the thin end of the wedge of going over to a full paywall. Most of our new content will still be available for free when first published, thanks to funding from our sponsors.