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Old December 30th, 2007, 01:31 AM
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Need a New battery.. Optima?

My blue top optima took a crap and does not hold a charge after 3.5 years.. are these things worth it or should i just go to sears for a die hard? any other options out there
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Old December 30th, 2007, 02:21 AM
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I have dual yellow top optimas in my disco and a single yellowtop optima in my d90... all work fine for me... I did have to replace one of the yellow tops in the disco right after I bought it as it was defective.

That being said, a lot of people are saying 'optimas aren't what they used to be' ... there are a lot of people who say they die prematurely..

I believe the popular battery of the past year or two is the Odyssey.. I'd go into details about what makes it so good, but I can't compete with the write ups on http://www.expeditionexchange.com/odyssey/ ...

Another option is to get a Costco Kirkland brand battery... They sell ones that have specs that match and/or exceed optimas, cost about a 1/3rd of the price (I believe under $50), and I believe carry a 7yr warranty. A friend of mine did that on his Disco2 and is very happy with the battery. Plus, with the Costco warranty, it's easy to just go in there and get a replacement.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 06:48 AM
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I have dual red top in my disco and to be honest I don't see where they are better then the average battery. If I don't switch to charge mode (dual) every other week or so the second battery dies. I would understand this happening if I left it for months and months but not after a week or so. It is cranking a diesel on cold mornings, but the batteries are only a couple years old. X2 on sears / costco.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 11:25 AM
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Where else can one get one of these Kirkland brand batteries? I don't have a Costco near me. I guess I could google it.

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i also saw that BJ's sells Exide batteries... don't they make orbital?
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Am I the only one that thinks $300 for a battery is absurd?
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Am I the only one that thinks $300 for a battery is absurd?
Nope, I agree. It hurt a lot just paying the near to $200 for the Blue Top for my boat.... and now my older yellow top in my D90 has crapped out. Havn't figured out what I want to do about it yet.
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The blue and red top dual setup I have let me drive home 4 miles the other night when my alternator crapped out on me. So I can't complain about them.
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The dual yellow tops I have let me drive 300 miles home from PA w/ a shot alternator... just sat there w/ my dual battery manager counting down...

i'll try to find out the costco battery that works well... all I know, is when my Optimas go, I'm going with the costco battery.. cant beat the warranty..

As for a bit of battery porn, here is some before and after with my Disco2

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I run a TJM IBS system to manage them... the 2nd picture shows the JL Audio terminal connectors I have..
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Just don't buy a Exide select 24-84N from NTB. A 3 or 4 year old yellow top let me run without an alternator much much longer than that brand new. Likewise on draining it by leaving the lights on all day. The optima showed a little life whereas the exide was dead as a doornail.

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7 years and running strong on an Interstate blem that set me back a whopping $38, with winching, starting, and now glow plug circuits and diesel compression.
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All my cars have optimas, the only one that went bad was the one in my truck which took 5 months to get to Russia. It was flat beyond repair.
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just got my costco deep cycle marine battery..$48 How can I beat that.. and a 7yr warranty
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Calpin, that yellow top is at least 6 or 7 years old too.

For those with dead optimas, 9/10 they can be brought back with various charging techniques. slow trickle charge for a week sometimes works. Other times I have hit them with 60amps until they get hot and then trickle.
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I've used Interstate Batteries for years. Only about $100. See: http://www.interstatebatteries.com/e...D8PA4FGB5N3VD1
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I've been effing around with the two redtops in the hunter for a month and a half trying to get them to take a charge. Yesterday I went to costco, spent $60 and now have a functional rig. Costco is now getting $190 for a yellow top, too.
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Originally Posted by rmuller
I have dual yellow top optimas in my disco and a single yellowtop optima in my d90... all work fine for me... I did have to replace one of the yellow tops in the disco right after I bought it as it was defective.

That being said, a lot of people are saying 'optimas aren't what they used to be' ... there are a lot of people who say they die prematurely..

I believe the popular battery of the past year or two is the Odyssey.. I'd go into details about what makes it so good, but I can't compete with the write ups on http://www.expeditionexchange.com/odyssey/ ...

Another option is to get a Costco Kirkland brand battery... They sell ones that have specs that match and/or exceed optimas, cost about a 1/3rd of the price (I believe under $50), and I believe carry a 7yr warranty. A friend of mine did that on his Disco2 and is very happy with the battery. Plus, with the Costco warranty, it's easy to just go in there and get a replacement.
do you know what model battery it is?
At Costco that is.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:48 AM
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do you know what model battery it is?
At Costco that is.
Thanks,
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No, I don't know the model number, sorry. Just try to find the specs for the equivelent Optima/Odyssey you want, and match it..

Optima 750U Yellow Top, 800U Red Top and Odyssey Group 34 sized PC1500 Battery are all about the same size.. length: 10", Width: 6.8", Height 7.8" (to top of terminal)...

Randy said he picked up their deep cycle marine battery for $48.. so that is an option as well.
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