Everybody loves going on a camping trip in an RV. It is the ultimate pleasure you can give yourself. You are out relaxing with almost your home’s comfort. You have your air condition, TV for your favorite series, and other immunities with nature around you. What more can a person ask for?
Well, yes, you can ask for powering all the electrical equipment in your RV. This is where the battery comes in. To power your RV without the AC line, you need your batteries to work properly. And if you have an RV, chances are you know a little about what kind of battery it uses. Commonly RV’s use 6V or 12V batteries. Why use a 6V if you can have a 12V?
We are going to talk about the difference between the 6V and 12V batteries for your convenience.
6v Battery vs 12v Battery, Which One Is Better?
Most RV’s out there use a 12V battery. And why wouldn’t they? It is bigger, does all it says. And sometimes they come in pairs and get wired together to supply ample backup for the electrical devices. It is the most commonly used battery as you can find it everywhere on the road. Even in small roadside shops.
A 12V battery supplies about 1200 watt-hours. If you have two of them, then you get 2400 watt-hours. And they are cheap. That is why RVs use a 12V battery.
But a 6V battery supplies about 1350 watt-hours. Which is greater if you add another 6V. It outnumbers the 12V amp by a lot. You get more amp hours than a 12V battery. So your RV battery capacity runs longer.
You can also line up four 6V and get more output than two 12V batteries. It is more electrical power and more efficient if you don’t have anywhere near a power source. They weigh less than a 12V too. A 6V weighs around 71Ibs and a 12V weighs 114Ibs. Which is more weight to carry.
But a 6V battery is hard to find. That is why it is not so popular. If you have four 6V batteries wired together and one fails, then you will be left with two batteries to work. The other one won’t work and supply you with power. And a 6V battery is costly than a 12V one.
The durability of a 6V is much higher than a 12V one as the 6V has fewer plates and more protection. But if you get a good 12V, then it will be as durable as a 6V.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I fit four 12V batteries into my RV?
A. Yes. You can fit four 12V in your RV if you have extra room. You can wire them together and they will give you more than enough power for your RV. But remember about the weight you will carry with it.
Q. Is a 6V deep cycle battery better than a 12V deep cycle battery?
A. They are almost the same. If you have a 12V deep cycle battery, it will last as same as a 6V one. Investing in a better battery always pays off in terms of durability.
Q. I don’t want to carry much weight, which battery should I use in my RV?
A. In terms of weight, a 6V battery is much lighter than a 12V. As the 6V is not available in many places, it is used less. You can go for two 6V and get the same output as a 12V with lesser weight.
Although it might seem that a 6V is a better option in terms of weight and power, investing in a 12V is a much better option. It will fit perfectly and is available anywhere. Rather have a cheap find it anywhere than an expensive not available one. Isn’t it?