The choice of 6V deep cycle flooded cell batteries is mostly based on performance, availability and price point. The disadvantage of requiring maintenance and venting can be incorporated in the monitoring process, making it part of a schedule.
Walmart, Sams Club and Costco carry these ‘golf cart’ batteries, often at a very low price. The Trojan T-105 battery is a good alternative if nothing else is available.
Calculate battery bank size in AmpHours
|Amps = watts / volts|
|1 amp AC = 10 amps DC|
Calculating the energy requirements needs an inventory of all electrical appliances.
|fluorescent 15w light||1.0||2.00||2.00|
|led 34W light (4.5W)||0.5||2.00||1.00|
|battery charge controller||0.1||18.00||1.80|
|total Ah a day||86.65|
|conversion losses 20%||17.35|
|daily Ah need||104.00|
Daily average RV use is less than 100Ah
Batteries should never be drained more than 50% of full charge. With an estimated daily use of 104Ah, a minimum battery capacity of 104Ah x 2 = 208Ah is needed.
Two 6V batteries @ 210Ah would suffice, while four 6V batteries @ 420Ah would provide 2-3 day buffer on rainy days.
Inverter Selection: Temporarily replacing the propane cooktop with an induction plate, requires a 1000W-1500W inverter.
|four 6V @ 420Ah||optimally 420W||1000W-1500W|
Phase in the installation:
- Start with two 6-volt batteries.
- Add a battery monitor with cumulative AmpHours.
- Battery charger.
- Medium size inverter to run the cooktop.
Expand your system as needed.