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Unread 01-03-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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Think I need a battery for winching?

So a buddy of mine got his Ford Exploder stuck up to the bottom of the doors the other day. I found out about this, so I offered to help him out by winching. This was my first time using my new (new to me) winch. Now it just snowed and dropped about 10 inches on where we were. I braved the elements and dredged into the foot high water and snow mixture to hook my winch cable to. I was all set and ready to go. I even put my front bumper on an abandoned car to ensure I wasnt going to go anywhere. Well, to make a long story short, the Exploder is still sitting there today. Why you ask? Well, I need a new battery I believe. The winch would not pull it. It sucked all the juice out of my 550cca battery. Ya know, when they say you need 650cca to winch, they really mean it. My Jeep actually shut off at one point while trying to winch because it sucked out so much juice. So, now what battery do I buy? Optima red top, yellow top, blue top? What would you suggest?

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Unread 01-03-2006, 08:34 PM   #2
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So a buddy of mine got his Ford Exploder stuck up to the bottom of the doors the other day. I found out about this, so I offered to help him out by winching. This was my first time using my new (new to me) winch. Now it just snowed and dropped about 10 inches on where we were. I braved the elements and dredged into the foot high water and snow mixture to hook my winch cable to. I was all set and ready to go. I even put my front bumper on an abandoned car to ensure I wasnt going to go anywhere. Well, to make a long story short, the Exploder is still sitting there today. Why you ask? Well, I need a new battery I believe. The winch would not pull it. It sucked all the juice out of my 550cca battery. Ya know, when they say you need 650cca to winch, they really mean it. My Jeep actually shut off at one point while trying to winch because it sucked out so much juice. So, now what battery do I buy? Optima red top, yellow top, blue top? What would you suggest?
yellow or blue is for winching. if you didn't totally kill your old one you can run a dual battery setup. bigger is always better. lol. also, a hand throttle to keep the rpm's up while winching would probably help as well. this will let the alternator put out more amps to help replenish the battery faster. but yeah, winching draws BIG amps, 200A+
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Unread 01-03-2006, 10:17 PM   #3
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An alternator that put out more amps would be a good idea also if ya use your winch often....skeletor
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