Date: 12 June 2018. St. Pete's Electro Battery.
Replacing batteries is never
cheap. Finding a store that has good prices often takes a lot of
time and effort. In St. Pete the place where the pros go is
Electro Battery. (Phone 727-323-4848) That's where we went. The manager is Joe. We
arrived early and were helped immediately.
This is Joe ↓ with coffee in
Joe is standing in front of a pallet with some of the
8-volt batteries being exchanged.
Side Note: It was smart to go to
the supplier of batteries versus a reseller. Prices are lower and
the size needed was ready for immediate purchase.
In stock Joe also had good quality
4-gauge terminal ends. I needed those for two wires down in the
bilge of the boat I've been working on. At the time I only required
one as I had not spotted the second wire missing an end. It is
ALWAYS a good idea to buy extras. You never know when that
spare will come in handy. Yes, I got two.
Next time I will pick up four more terminal ends for 4-gauge wire. I
should have bought them when I was at the
Electro store. I wish I had a dollar for every time I think of
something after I've left the building...
I will admit the
first time I went to Electro was quite traumatic. You see, we drove
by an adult mobile home park. I realized I could live there. I am
over 55 years old. Oh my goodness. That
was a real shocker... When did that happen?!?
Fortunately a few nights at anchor cured me. I love
While at Electro Battery I met a
nice gent by the name of John Bell. He does marine electrical work
and was able to answer a question I had about my set-up aboard
Seaweed. Thanks again Sir.
Side Note: Joe (manager, Electro
Battery) is on vacation until Monday. I'll get John's phone number
and include it here then, if at all possible.
This is John Bell. His company is AB Marine Service.
Electro Battery has an efficient staff. They immediately got to work
removing the old batteries from the work truck.
Then the new ones were carefully loaded by Matt
↓ into the vehicle.
Electro Battery gave us one of those carrying straps
so we'll be able to maneuver the batts once back at the boat.
For those that are not aware, this is
a people carrying vehicle with a large trunk. It is NOT a hauling
vehicle to move your junk around.
The owner of said vehicle does not carry anyone else's stuff
From speaking with other truck
owners over the years, I suspect that sentiment is universal. Folks
simply don't understand the number of requests received by owners.
At a certain point the balance is shattered. Thence forward, all are
told no. Problem solved.
Electro Battery loaded a truck bed full of batteries.
Joe remembered the boat's owner from the last time
he'd replaced the 32-volt system, many years ago.
That's it from here. Tomorrow I'll tell you about the install. What
I did wrong, plus the mistakes found and fixed.
Thanks for reading.
Feel free to provide your local source for batteries in the
Please be sure to say where you're at for other visitors.
Do you have onboard extra terminal ends for the larger wires? I wish I
Proper Attachment of a Terminal End
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