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Old August 18th, 2012, 07:10 PM
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Battery recomendation

My Battery died today and I was just wondering what brand to avoid and or recommendations on a really good lasting one !
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Old August 18th, 2012, 07:44 PM
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Sears platinum, odyssey or optima. (any order)
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Old August 18th, 2012, 07:58 PM
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Ive had 3 optimas over the years, one was replaced for free. THey have sat for months at a time and always started right up. Ive always had the redtop. I have a tiny Odyssey in my civic, it is impressive.

Diehard Platinum are probably some of the better batteries for the money.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 08:06 PM
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Isnt the diehard platinum an odessey anyways?
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Old August 18th, 2012, 08:11 PM
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It appears to be an Odyssey.
I've had poor luck with Optima Reds and from what I understand, the police, sheriff, fire depts. around here have dropped Optima for the Sears Platinum
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What's the biggest size that will fit in there comfortably? 31M? This is the one I've been contemplating for the 90 and probably the diesel 110 when that battery craps out:
http://www.sears.com/diehard-platinu...p-02850131000P
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I have had good luck with Deka's lately.. Interstates have been a good replacement too. Although I have seen some Diehards that have looked like absolute boat anchors and seem to be doing just fine. I never saw the need to buy an Optima....
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Old August 18th, 2012, 10:08 PM
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Optima for me, I have six and they are all good!
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Old August 18th, 2012, 10:34 PM
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Not really impressed by Optima. But I do still have one. It's waiting to go into my project
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Deka AGM group 31.
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What's the biggest size that will fit in there comfortably? 31M? This is the one I've been contemplating for the 90 and probably the diesel 110 when that battery craps out:
http://www.sears.com/diehard-platinu...p-02850131000P
I was just reading the specs on it. They say they will gift wrap it!
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Old August 19th, 2012, 07:21 AM
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Batteries are a god damn curse around the shop. I have a 4x8 trailer we put the "empties" in and it is a sea of red right now.......or should I say red tops! Worst battery ever made IMO. I don't know what happened.....they used to be good. I can say without reserve (Haha eh?) that I havent had a good red top in here for a couple of years.
Had great luck with Excide and Deka. Odessey is OK but kind of expensive, but can be bought back from the dead with relative ease.
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Optima, at one time, were very good from all reports. Some years back they sold out to John Controls and manufacturing was moved to Mexico. Since then it's been the rare report that they are any good. When I was shopping for an AGM I bought the Exide because it was less money and better specs.

I had very good experience with the Exide Spiral Cell AGM, but switched to the Diehard Platinum because they'd come on the market with better specs and warranty. They are indeed relabeled Odyssey batteries, or so Enersys (the people who actually make the Odyssey & Platinum) told me.

Deka AGM's are reported to be good and are quite cheap at one of the warehouse club, from what I hear. I'm not a member of any so I can't remember which one.
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Back in the day I was an Optima fan (red and yellow) and had them in all of my cars never had one die even after moving them from car to car over the years. Then about ~4 years ago I had sold all of my cars and let the optimas go with them figuring that they were getting old and put new ones in my new purchases and they all failed within a year. All of the optimas were replaced and they all failed again. I replaced them with a standard el cheapo battrery from autozone and no more issues for a 1/4 of the cost.

I will never buy another Optima

Looking at the Odessey / Sears battery for my Defender if / when I get it finished
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Seems to be all over the board on this one...I have a Deka sittin on my garage floor that wont charge anymore and its only 1.5 years old. So back to the old "whatever works best"! I'm waiting for that nuclear battery from the Mars "Land" Rover! Until then please pass the jumper cables!
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I had a Deka group 27 in my boat...was great...would sit all winter in storage and fire right up.

I have had a bunch of Optoma Yellow-tops and they are great...HOWEVER...I am worried about letting them sit over the winter as I had one that I could not revive in my old Range Rover after sitting for a few months. I currently have a battery tender that I use on my two yellow-tops for storage...and they are going on 3 years for me (knock on wood.)
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Bill, you can't leave a battery on a concrete floor... it will kill it.



Dave, buy a tender and your battery will remain in excellent shape.
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Bill, you can't leave a battery on a concrete floor... it will kill it.



Dave, buy a tender and your battery will remain in excellent shape.
yeah I know but the Deka is already dead (confirmed) it sits with others awaiting the recycle god to help them move to a higher state of being!
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Bill, you can't leave a battery on a concrete floor... it will kill it.
Unless you're still buying batteries with wooden and glass cases or rubber cases that's not true.
In other words, any modern battery discharging from being on a concrete floor is a myth.
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Never has been an issue either way. I keep the spares, shelved on a two bank genius charging syetem and rotate them out.
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