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Unread 10-09-2011, 04:22 PM   #16
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Well one thing worth knowing is if you have a winch hooked up to a red top the warranty is gone instantly. They don't cover red tops if you run a winch period! Only the yellow tops are covered under warranty for winching.

That being said their quality has gone down. But my current one is still working well for me

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Unread 10-23-2011, 01:13 PM   #17
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HI zte87,
As mentioned before, if you are going to use a winch on your vehicle, I would suggest the YellowTop. It is a dual purpose design that will start the vehicle and also works fine for deep-cycle applications.
Xpress is correct regarding the volume of our batteries in use today, versus other brands and that does lead to a lot of conversations about them. Here is a link to just that and reviews about different batteries on this site. As 92 Green YJ mentioned, RedTops are not designed or warrantied for deep-cylcle use, including winches. YellowTops don't need to be drained and recharged periodically to maintain health and the quality of our batteries has never been better. In fact, keeping batteries fully-charged is really the key to extending battery life, regardless of the battery you are using.

On a personal note, a friend of mine had a YellowTop that was so deeply-discharged this week, it did not register with a volt meter. He tried charging it with his shop charger and just wasn't getting anything. I brought it to my shop, placed it on a low amperage microprocessor charger and within 24 hours the battery has 13.13 volts in it. I just checked the battery this morning.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about recharging our batteries but the truth is, if you will follow our instructions on recharging it is amazing how many batteries are recoverable. Many of the “bad” batteries returned to us now are just deeply-discharged and work fine, once recharged.
If I can answer any other questions about our products, feel free to pm or post here,
Thanks,
Bill Howell
eCare Manager, OPTIMA Batteries, Inc.

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Unread 10-23-2011, 01:46 PM   #18
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Thanks for posting, Bill. There are a lot of guys running optima's in their jeeps and could use some help answering questions on this board. Would you go ahead and sign up as a vendor so we can have some alternate ways of contacting you?

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Unread 10-23-2011, 04:54 PM   #19
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I have a blue top in my jeep, its worked amazing for 3 years, no problems
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Unread 10-23-2011, 05:06 PM   #20
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There is a lot of misinformation out there about recharging our batteries but the truth is, if you will follow our instructions on recharging it is amazing how many batteries are recoverable. Many of the “bad” batteries returned to us now are just deeply-discharged and work fine, once recharged.
Ive had similar experiences with many batteries which appeared to be dead so absolutely believe this to be true. Simply finding a way to get some current running through them got them working again in a few hours. That being said I have a Diehard P4, haven't had a single issue with it, holds its charge great, and I love the dual terminals. I have no experience with Optima's other than internet banter.
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