CAT# GC-217
$59.00 each
7.12" x 3" x 6.7" high.
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Average Customer Review:  (17 Reviews) Write A Review

A customer from Ventura, CA
50/50 Good News/Bad News
Out of two of these, one of em runs *perfectly*, the other one isn't quite up to specs, here's how it breaks down: 17aH @12vdc is supposed to mean that this battery will supply a 1 amp @ 12v load for 17hrs. I'm using these batteries for backup lighting, (since Edison is SOOO reliable...NOT!)
With a common 300 watt cont inverter and a single 42 watt compact fluorescent. Actually the Phillips bulb is rated 375 mA at 120 VAC - the inverter hooked up to either one of these batteries (fully charged) gives me about 95-110 vac output. Translating this power requirement to 12 vdc is 42watts/12vdc=3.5amps And: 17aH/3.5 amps = 4.857 hrs Now my inverter is over 90% efficient, but assuming 90% overall, that means I should get a runtime of around 4.5 hrs. Well SURPRISE! One of these cells will consistantly run the bulb for 6.5 hrs between charges, whereas the other is lucky to make it to 2hrs 10mins! QUALITY CONTROL in action! Guardian is not what I would call a "First Rate" battery company, but their prices are a heck of a lot lower than Optima! ;) Your mileage may vary.

A customer from Michigan
Great item!
I bought this thing as a replacement for an electric scooter, and it fit perfectly.Holds a relly good charge too! An original replacement for the scooter was over$99, and $40 for shipping.This is a much better option

Robbie L from TUCSON, AZ, USA
Used in APC SmartUPS 1500 - meh
I picked these batteries up to replace the batteries in one of my APC SmartUPS 1500 units. While the batteries work, the UPS complains about them when I run a self test with the UPS loaded beyond 20% of its capacity, triggering a Replace Battery light. My guess would be that these batteries have an issue with high internal resistance that is causing excessive voltage drop. While the UPS works at these higher loads for a proper length, the UPS thinks the batteries are more run down then they are and starts complaining. If you have an application that has a higher load, do not get these. It appears as if these should only be used in low current standby applications, not for UPS use.

The worst part is that I can not return these without excessive shipping costs since I picked them up while visiting friends in LA at the AllElectronics retail store but did not know the batteries had the problems until I was back in Tucson. I did borrow a multimeter in-store to make sure the standby voltage was stable, but I did not run a load test...big mistake.

A customer from Fredericksburg, VA
Re: "Max Amps"
The 17ah capacity of the battery is normally based on a five-hour discharge rate. You should be able to draw 3.4 amps for five hours under ideal conditions.(3.4 X 5 = 17) The real world performance will depend on the load and the temperature of the battery. Check out the web for charge/discharge info.

A customer from Austin, Tx
Not all these are the same
This is called a "half-U1" case, which comes sized 17AH to 22AH, and it's the same case used by Robomower, batttlebots, and "jump starters", but that doesn't mean it's the same batt at all.

SLA comes in more or less 3 specializations:
General Purpose: cheap, meant to float for years and be cycled a few times at moderate currents (UPS batts, solar-charged stuff). If you run these down a lot at high currents, they will die in tens of cycles and will not run for very long each cycle anyways.
High Current batts: meant to be used for high currents like starting an engine, also often used for "personal mobility" scooters. The high current capabilities decay with repeated deep cycling.
Deep Cycle batts: built for "personal mobility" scooters, Robomowers, etc. They'll do fine at >10A discharges, and can withstand heat and vibration of being on such a device. Specs are often for >300 cycles, but really 200 is realistic for less ideal field conditions.

These are almost certainly GP batts (like 90% of what's sold). The high current and DeepC types are expensive specialty items and there are really only a few mfgs carrying good ones. I can't even find a website for Douglas Guardian, much less a spec sheet, so it's clearly a low-end GP.

Danny M