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    Default Inverter Battery Cost in Sosua/Puerto Plata?

    Hello to all the DR living experts,

    Does anyone know the average cost of buying a car battery for an inverter in Sosua or Puerto Plata?

    Can anyone recommended a store to purchase?

    I need the batteries for an Inverter that will only be used for an electric stove top appliance and a fan at night, so it doesn't need to be top end, just something that will last a while.

    The cost I've heard so far is $3,500 pesos per battery.

    Is this true? Here in the states I can get a cheap battery for $50.

    If possible I'd like to stay in this pay range... but of course I know we are talking about purchasing in the DR

    Thanks.

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    La sirena in POP has some different batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus_Rattus View Post
    La sirena in POP has some different batteries.
    Yes I saw them yesterday and it looked like you need 4 batteries and then the invertor itself.

    The 4 battery plans ranged in price from $12k rd - $17k Rd.....but i am not sure what is needed and or required etc.

    How many volts etc..

    The reason I am looking is I need additional back up power as Sosua is having way too many electrical outages.

    This year's hurricane season is expected to be one of the busiest with many major storms.

    I am ready to buy an invertor system....NOW !

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    I don't know if this is a good price or not.


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    You don't use a car battery for an inverter.

    Deep cycle batteries will cost RD$3300+/- about everywhere.

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    Default Think Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by Vibe_2020 View Post
    Here in the states I can get a cheap battery for $50.
    Yes, but it would not be a golf car 6 V deep cycle good quality battery as this is what you need.
    They are not that much cheaper in the US than here, around a hundred $.

    donP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus_Rattus View Post
    La sirena in POP has some different batteries.

    I hate this country.

    I mean the scenery is beautiful but the people's way of life is soooooo backwards.

    I just called La Sirena to get the price range for the batteries and I was told that this information can not be given out?



    I'm like WTF?

    How am I going to know how much money to bring if I don't know the price range?

    They are like just come and look. We have lots of batteries here.

    After 10 minutes of back and forth they finally said the cheapest one is 4,000 pesos. Which to me isn't that cheap.

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    Default Car Battery vs Inverter Battery

    Quote Originally Posted by donP View Post
    Yes, but it would not be a golf car 6 V deep cycle good quality battery as this is what you need.
    They are not that much cheaper in the US than here, around a hundred $.

    donP

    I'll take your word for it.

    But out of curiosity, what is the difference?

    Why wouldn't a car batter work?

    The batteries are not for me but for a dominican friend.

    So yes, I'M BEING CHEAP.

    They just need to use the electricity for a stove top once a day, and run the fan at night. That's it. No tv. No refrigerator. No computer.

    Just a cheap stove top to prepare some rice and chicken, and a fan at night to keep things cool. How much juice could this possible take?

    (sorry just venting)

    Thank you for the responses.

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    Default Not on the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Vibe_2020 View Post
    I just called La Sirena to get the price range for the batteries and I was told that this information can not be given out?
    You mean today on a Sunday and this early?
    How can you expect a muchacha (it was a girl, right?) to be awake and search for the price of a aaaeeeh battery????....

    Phones here are used to chat and gossip and not to pass on information...
    It's amazing that you got through anyway.

    donP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vibe_2020 View Post
    I'll take your word for it.

    But out of curiosity, what is the difference?

    Why wouldn't a car batter work?
    A car battery is designed to give a high burst of current to crank the engine. It's not designed to be completely discharged. If you constantly charge, then fully discharge a car battery, it's metal plates inside will soon warp and you will kill the battery.

    A battery used for an inverter is designed to be fully charged then discharged. For that reason it is called a "deep cycle" battery.

    Most deep cycle batteries sold here are 6 Volts. Most inverters operate at 24V, so you will need a minimum of 4 batteries in series to make up 24V.

    There are some 12V inverters around though. For that you will only need 2 batteries.

    Hope that helps without getting too technical.

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