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This paper will examine how cell design parameters influence battery life. It will compare a high rate design to a general purpose design and examine the influence of two parameters (plate thickness and specific gravity) on battery life. I am limiting the discussion to these two topics because they are easily explained and understood and stay away from the quagmire of flooded versus VRLA, which as been the subject of a great many previous papers. In addition, these parameters affect VRLA and flooded alike.