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Thread: Battery Suppliers
Posted 13 September 2017 at 18:25:51 UK time
Dave Squire, Notts - 1500 used as day car

I want to get my battery out of the boot and back under the bonnet. However I don't have the correct battery or an old one to refer to. (It didn't have a battery when I inherited the car). I have looked in the archive and in 2014 Gary quoted this:

Partcode 55457
Manufacture Alphaline
Volt 12
AH 54
Cold Cranking 500
Warranty 4 Years
Length (mm) 243
Width (mm) 175
Total Height (mm) 175
Weight (kg)
Layout RH+
Hold Down B13
Activation Pack N/A
Terminal A
Battery Type Sealed Calcium


And Nigel referred to these types: 015 - 048 - 049 - 053

Not looking for anything special as I use the car all the time, so no layups, not lots of stuff extra to power either so bog standard battery will do.

Anyone have one supplied recently at a good price that is OK?

Need the boot space for the holidays kitchen sink.


Posted 13 September 2017 at 18:32:54 UK time
Dave O'Neill 2, West Midlands, United Kingdom

I always thought it was a type 038

Posted 13 September 2017 at 19:36:19 UK time
Dave Squire, Notts - 1500 used as day car

Maybe I mis typed Dave. Looking - Nigel rarely makes a mistake so probably me.

Posted 13 September 2017 at 21:33:10 UK time
Greybeard , United Kingdom

Dave O'Neil I believe you're right. Certainly my car has an 038.

Dave S, 038 and 015 are equivalent by the way and are used in some of the bigger garden tractors/lawnmowers. Mountfield/Westfield and Countax for example. Their prices seem to be a bit lower than the usual suspects. Dunno if that helps.

Although Halfords advertise that "We'll fit your battery for you". It would nearly be worth the price for the fun of watching some spotty oik stretched over a hot spridget engine and whacking his head off the bonnet to wiggle it into the battery box!

Posted 13 September 2017 at 22:40:46 UK time
Dave O'Neill 2, West Midlands, United Kingdom

" It would nearly be worth the price for the fun of watching some spotty oik stretched over a hot spridget engine and whacking his head off the bonnet to wiggle it into the battery box! "


Posted 14 September 2017 at 06:24:03 UK time
M Wood, Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Greybeard, that's a great tip on trying lawn tractor suppliers. Thanks.

A quick search comes up with an 038 battery for a Countax C300 lawn tractor at what looks like good prices: https://www.tayna.co.uk/Countax-C300-Lawn-Mower-and-Lawn-Tractor-Batteries-D12949.html

(Care on post type needed so get the correct type)


Posted 14 September 2017 at 09:10:52 UK time
Dave Squire, Notts - 1500 used as day car

Thanks Chaps, interesting. And yes it is a 038 I agree.

Thanks for the confirmations and particularly the light entertainment.

Appreciated. Dave :-)

Posted 14 September 2017 at 09:27:22 UK time
GuyW, UK

Check the guarantee period versa the price. I bought a larger capacity battery for my Sprite (47Ah) which was just under half the price of the Halfords offering but had a longer 4 year guarantee. I think the type was an 045, a bit wider than the 038 but it fitted OK with a slight modification to the clamps.

But as with many things, the longer guarantee doesn't necessarily equate to a better quality. They try to make out that the higher price is better quality but it is often simply that they have added an extra to the buying price to include a sort of insurance policy premium for the returns in the later years of the battery's life.

If you don't keep reciepts then don't automatically fall for the longer guarantee claims when the cheaper battery will probably last just as long!

Posted 14 September 2017 at 09:40:27 UK time
T Mason, United Kingdom

Dont always go with what they recommend either. I recently bought a new one for the modern from Tayna. They recommended a Duraline I think it was but when I looked at all the options they do in a given size I got a Varta 6 cheaper with almost identical spec.


Posted 16 September 2017 at 11:48:58 UK time
Nigel Atkins, Northampton, UK

I make loads of mistakes in just about every post as all know but I'll try to not make too many now.

To keep it simple, it's as all have said here, but if it's not too late look at 049 as you'll generally get a bit more than 038.

After the space that's available it's about the position of the battery posts, whether they're front or back, positive post on left or right and for originality even type of post to lead clamps.

If you want I can post a sheet I've lifted explaining how to sort the different types of 'Capacity' and 'CCA' figures that can be given - of course just sorting those figures doesn't give you the total answer. :)

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