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Having had a brief glimpse into spring and now snow again I think it is well worth checking the battery before you start thinking about heading off. Lets face it, you want heat and you want light and hot water so gas and electrics are essential especially if the campsite is having issues with their leccy.......I speak from experience and it isn't the best of times.

So what's out there if you need to get a new one and where do you start?

The National Caravan Council have helped here with a good starting point in my opinion, because if like me you don't know the first thing about what makes a good leisure battery, you need all the help you can get.

First off the have some rather snazzy NCC Verified Leisure Battery Scheme logos which are worth looking out for when you are shopping

And they give you a list of batteries they have verified to date which can be downloaded and can be found here

David Reid, NCC Standards and Regulations Adviser, advises that the NCC has been aware that consumers could be getting short changed when purchasing a leisure battery because, until now, there has been very little guidance on how to match their requirements to the technical specification of the battery. Leisure batteries can cost as much as £200 each so the NCC wants to make sure that when people buy a new battery they get a product that is suitable for their caravan or motorhome and suits their lifestyle.
The scheme is designed to bring transparency to the leisure battery marketplace and help consumers select a product that’s right for them. The scheme was started with some of the leading leisure battery brands signed up, including Banner, Platinum and Yuasa and more are being brought on board all the time.

So to recap look out for the verified logo and the class of battery

  • Category A is for batteries with a higher storage capacity for people who frequently use their touring caravan or motorhome away from an electrical hook-up:
  • Category B batteries are aimed at those who frequently use sites with hook-up facilities, but require a greater battery capacity to operate devices such as motor movers:
  • Category C batteries are for users that require a lower capacity battery to cover basic operation of their habitation equipment for short periods away from an electrical hook-up:

More on this scheme can be found on the NCC website