Hey I need a new battery and wanted to know if I should get a yellow top over the red top? I will be hooking up a winch but won't be useing it all the time and I don't have have a huge stereo system or anything like that so would a red top be ok for my needs?
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I have a few auxillary lights, a 1000 watt power inverter, and a winch on my Jeep. I don't run any of them all the time either. I chose to go with the Yellow Top b/c it's a deep cycle. I've only had it for about 6 months, but I can't complain. I've run the winch for quite awhile at a time, and didn't have any problems whatsoever.
Unless you are doing alot of 4 wheelin where you are concerned about spillage, a high end wet battery is going to hold up longer than a dry cell optima and be less expensive . The have great marketing though.
There are more Optima batteries than anything else out there in offroad rigs. Most report problems after discharging them too far and the battery not recovering- these are not deep cycle batteries, you can't discharge them all the way and expect them to recover.
I have a red top in my Jeep, 3 years old, going strong.
I run a red top Optima and love it. I have a warn xd9000i winch and two sets of KC slim-lite lights. So far so good, but I am also thinking about adding a yellow top for all the auxiliaries I will be running. The red top does not like to be drained repeatedly and the yellow top needs to be drained every once in a while and recharged to stay healthy.
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I've had 2 separate red tops fail within the last 2-3 years. Neither was ever discharged completely. Each one lasted about 2 years, one was maybe a year and a half. One powered my dd explorer and the other was in my jeep with no auxiliary lighting or winch.
I had a yellow top that I used for 10 years and never had an issue with.
I'm one of the people that will never own another one again.
1994 Wrangler...4.0 AW4 swapped, sye'd, 5.5" lift and 33's
I work in an auto store and we rarely sell the Optima's.
We've noticed that the ones we do sell tend to come back with issues.
Most jeep customers use a deep cycle HD sears battery or exide instead of the optima.
i have a NAPA deep cycle in my jeep. Run my winch, lights and a power inverter with no problems.
I also have 2 SEARS deep cycle in my chevy duramax. Stereo, programer, power inverter, and all the goodies.
I dont like the optimas as there are way to many problems with them. I had a red top in my old car with a HUGE stereo and it couldnt come close to keeping up...