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Unread 07-26-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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Anyone know anything abut the Exide AGM batteries?

The stock battery in my '06 LJ finally bit the dust. I've read a ton of threads recommending the DieHard Platinum battery as the best in the business. I have an Odyssey (maker of the DieHard Platinum) in another vehicle and it's fantastic.

The problem is, my Jeep is dead at a battery shop that sells the Exide Edge AGM battery. It is a flat-plate AGM battery design just like the DieHard Platinum. It's also about $80 less than the platinum.

Anyone have any experience with this battery? Is it worth the money to try to find a DieHard Platinum?

Here are the stats:
http://www.exide.com/Media/files/Dow...n%20spread.pdf

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Unread 08-02-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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It's a good agm battery that I'd buy before an Optima for sure. I don't think it's as good as the Diehard Platinum but based on your situation I wouldn't say no to it.

But the Diehard Platinum's 48 month free replacement warranty and 100 month prorated warranty would be enough to convince me to try real hard to get the Diehard Platinum 34-78DT. To me, having had two of them in two TJs, it's the best battery I have owned in nearly 50 years of driving.
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I would ask the shop if they could get you an exide orbital. They are a spiral wound AGM just like the optima.

http://www.exide.com/us/en/product-s...eep-cycle.aspx

When I worked at NAPA we sold rebranded Exide and sold an orbital to one the dirt track racers in the area, he brought it back in about 3 months later with a price of metal sticking out the side of it. He had bumped the wall and a support on the rear corner had went into a cell on the battery.

The amazing thing was that it would still start the car....

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A spiral wound AGM design battery doesn't give as much battery in a given space as a traditional AGM battery does. For example... if you were to weigh the two types of batteries in the same Group size case, the spiral wound design weighs substantially less.

The below illustration shows the issue. And as an example and obvious proof, the Group 34 34/78 spiral wound Optima Yellow Top or Blue Top battery weighs 10 lbs. less than the same size Group 34 34-78DT Diehard Platinum does. You get more battery in the same space when you go with a non-spiral wound AGM design.
odysseyvs.optima.gif

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Unread 08-05-2013, 03:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback. I ended up going with the Exide Edge, which as pointed out, is a flat plate AGM and not an orbital design battery. Given the fact that my old battery was so dead it wouldn't even take a jump and I would've had to jump my Jeep at the starter, I figured I'd go with this battery since it was handy.

I'll report back if I have any issues, but I expect it to be a great battery.
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