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#32623 - 04/11/11 02:32 PM Which battery? Help!
DKirkpatrick Offline
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Registered: 08/30/10
Posts: 83
Loc: Arkansas
Looking for a battery for a C-172 N. Seems to be a big deal. Suppliers are asking for a Part # ?? anybody know how I'd come up with that? And can I get a gel battery to replace the lead acid that's in it? AND do we like Concorde or Gil mo bettah??? Any coaching will be much appreciated. I'm hand propping...

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#32631 - 04/11/11 05:24 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: DKirkpatrick]
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Registered: 06/24/10
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Loc: Slidell La
Gils G-25S

Is what I used
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#32699 - 04/12/11 01:34 AM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: vettdvr]
Nightowl Offline
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Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
14 or 28V? We have the Concorde RG-25XC, installed in 2006 after our "new" Gill G-25S failed in less than six months. Good luck with yours Vettdvr.

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#32753 - 04/12/11 02:53 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: Nightowl]
DKirkpatrick Offline
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Registered: 08/30/10
Posts: 83
Loc: Arkansas
Finally got my serial part # - really helps when you're ordering stuf... nobody likes to ship you a part without it... worried about litigation I think. Thanks.

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#32756 - 04/12/11 03:40 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: Nightowl]
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Originally Posted By: Nightowl
14 or 28V? We have the Concorde RG-25XC, installed in 2006 after our "new" Gill G-25S failed in less than six months. Good luck with yours Vettdvr.

John

It is 14 V and we have had pretty good luck with the Gill. Might be the weather and location. Doesn't get much below freezing here.
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#32786 - 04/12/11 05:51 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: vettdvr]
Cessna Dude Offline
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Registered: 10/21/09
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
As soon as my Gill craps out (or appears to be getting close) I'm going with Concorde.
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#32967 - 04/14/11 11:13 AM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: Cessna Dude]
JohnS Offline
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Registered: 10/11/10
Posts: 25
Loc: Wichita, KS
I agree with the Concorde guys!! RG-25XC. The XC is for 'xtra cranking'. Have been replacing Gills every 2 years for the past 6 years in my '59. They just refuse to hold a charge. A 182 driver friend of mine had the same problems with Gill but his Concorde has been going strong for 5 years.
I bought one off the shelf at a local parts place for 208. Spruce has them for 194. Wag Aero was 199. Sometimes you can get free shipping. I needed mine in a hurry so I used the local shop. In fact, my local shop is really trying to be competetive and will try their best to match pricing so I do all my buying there now.
These batteries do not have the Hazmat charge as they are a sealed battery. Another bonus is they arrive fully charged...no acid to add, no initial charge required. Out of the shipping box and into your battery box!

John
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#32991 - 04/14/11 05:28 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: JohnS]
November X-ray Offline
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Registered: 08/15/10
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Loc: Brookshire, Texas, USA
I plan on going with a Concorde when my Gill craps out, which is about 2 years old now so sometime fairly soon!
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#33006 - 04/14/11 07:38 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: November X-ray]
steve71e Offline
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Registered: 02/22/10
Posts: 172
Loc: Atlanta, Ga
Go to Concord and Gill websites. There you can find what fits and is approved for your bird. Concord does not yet have approval for installation on all planes that originally came with Gill batteries so be careful ! For example, you cannot put the latest concord sealed lead acid in the Bonanza as some one in Texas holds the STC on it. It's a $500 battery through say Aviall, and you still have to buy the STC. Buy the battery and the STC from the guy in Texas for less.
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#35570 - 05/07/11 01:41 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: steve71e]
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Registered: 10/21/09
Posts: 6628
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Just scored a new Concorde Concorde RG-25XC for the 2/3 scale 172 last night. The Gil is still turning her over just fine but when CarlN tested her she was reading low, so want to take some preventative action before the heat of battery-killing summer takes hold. Should be here Wednesday. More fun stuff to do next weekend. laugh
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#35571 - 05/07/11 01:46 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: DKirkpatrick]
Cessna Dude Offline
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Registered: 10/21/09
Posts: 6628
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: DKirkpatrick
Looking for a battery for a C-172 N. Seems to be a big deal. Suppliers are asking for a Part # ?? anybody know how I'd come up with that? And can I get a gel battery to replace the lead acid that's in it? AND do we like Concorde or Gil mo bettah??? Any coaching will be much appreciated. I'm hand propping...

Which direction did you end up going DKirkpatrick?
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#36567 - 05/15/11 08:45 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: Cessna Dude]
tiger297 Offline
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Registered: 03/06/11
Posts: 11
Loc: Sharpsburg, GA
how much did the STC for the concorde cost? Looks like my aircraft will require one.

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#40430 - 06/25/11 01:00 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: Cessna Dude]
Harry Calvino Offline
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Registered: 06/25/11
Posts: 2
Loc: Fort Collins,CO
Short answer:Concorde ONLY way to go...call them (visit on net) with your make, model,year, and get the battery with the most cranking amps;
Battery box may need to be adjusted/cut slightly.
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#40478 - 06/25/11 09:29 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: tiger297]
OldCrow Offline
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Registered: 02/22/10
Posts: 918
Loc: STS, CA, USA
No extra cost on the STC for my Concorde -- just a AI signoff and 337 sent in (also Weight and Balance change 2lbs I think)
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#41133 - 07/01/11 10:12 AM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: OldCrow]
DKirkpatrick Offline
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Registered: 08/30/10
Posts: 83
Loc: Arkansas
thanks for all the replies. I went with the gill. got to looking... the other battery had been in there for years, and was just tired. SUPER service from the guys at Aircraft Spruce. They did alot of research, called me back to check on specs, etc. REALLY helpful. And had the best price. I don't mind paying high prices for good stuf that comes with good service. The concorde bats were like 25% more bucks.
dan

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#41252 - 07/02/11 02:47 AM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: DKirkpatrick]
Nightowl Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 1826
Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
Hope you didn't get a sealed Gill. They really do not last. Good luck with your purchase.

John
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#41620 - 07/04/11 11:04 PM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: Nightowl]
windsock Offline
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Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 745
Loc: Alabama, USA
I always figured on about two years life for the Gill-25 in my M model... However, the one before last lasted 5 damn years ?? must have been a factory defect ?? I've never really owned a battery
of any kind, but I've rented a butt load of em !!!
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#41785 - 07/07/11 02:27 AM Re: Which battery? Help! [Re: windsock]
Nightowl Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
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Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
We're well into year six on our Concorde RG-25XC with no signs of weakness. We're believers!

John
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