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post #1 of 64 Old 12-20-2016, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Battery Recomendation

Would like someone's advice in replacing my Platimim Diehard as they don't make them anymore. Need 130 amp hours for refrigeration unit to run 5 days (Engel). Top and side posts would be nice too.


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post #2 of 64 Old 12-20-2016, 10:36 AM
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Not sure how many AH mine is but I've still been having good luck with optima batteries. They never leak or get fuzzy in my experience. They say they were bought out at some point and they are junk now, but that hasn't been my experience.
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old optimas were great, new ones are garbage.
dont bother with them anymore!

odyssey batteries are top notch, if you can find, and afford one.

also, a group 65 battery can be made to fit in the tray, with a little tweaking, they are bigger and more powerful.
the motorcraft group 65 in my v10 superduty lasted about 12 years.
it was still working, and was swapped into a friends garden tractor.

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It is rumored that the old Diehard Platinum has shown up as a high end store brand at one of the parts stores. I think it might have been Advanced. Away from that option, I'd buy an Odyssey or a Northstar AGM. Not cheap, but real quality.
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Yup. Advance Auto Platinum AGM is what I went with. Costs more, but I like that there is no spillable acid in them.

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It is rumored that the old Diehard Platinum has shown up as a high end store brand at one of the parts stores. I think it might have been Advanced. Away from that option, I'd buy an Odyssey or a Northstar AGM. Not cheap, but real quality.
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And it is no rumor that Optima was purchased, they were bought by Johnson Controls who moved their entire manufacturing operation down into Mexico which is when their quality problems started. Their quality got so bad that many of their largest retailers stopped carrying them, Costco is a good example. I spoke to a battery distributor rep one day whose company serves as a warranty collection point for Optima. He said their warehouse is constantly filled up with defective Optima batteries that were returned.

I personally had three premature Optima battery failures... two Yellow Tops and one Blue Top.

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I have a rebranded Northstar AGM in my Jeep and have replaced it 2x now in 2.5 years (one was in the first week after I bought it, then got everything tested after this... and then just a few weeks ago, both times due to low battery charge.)
Had the Jeep tested twice, at the dealer and a separate shop, and the alternator/charging has been fine, with no abnormal parasitic draw either. I've upgraded the wiring to nice heavy duty stuff so don't know why I keep having issues with these batteries

I've never had good luck with Optimas in the three yellow tops I've tried in the past 20yrs, all failed within a couple years or less so won't use them anymore. Never seen any friends that had Optimas last either other then one guy, fwiw...

Most of the group 65 batteries I've ever seen have very close ratings to our 34/78s with a bit higher reserve capacities fwiw too...

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Icarus,,,I wonder if it's the Florida heat/climate? I live in the Clearwater area. Never had problems in the Northwest. Cold kills a battery if you don't tend it in the Winter, I say that as an ex-New Yorker. The excessive heat down here makes me sluggish, maybe a battery?? LOL

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I would like to thank all you guys for answering. Thought Blaine and Wilson would chip in.

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Yup. Advance Auto Platinum AGM is what I went with. Costs more, but I like that there is no spillable acid in them.

Is this the one you are thinking about


AutoCraft Platinum AGM Battery, Group Size 34, 740 CCA $166.99

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Is this the one you are thinking about


AutoCraft Platinum AGM Battery, Group Size 34, 740 CCA $166.99
Yep, that's the one I got.

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Yep, that's the one I got.
That doesn't look like the old Diehard Platinum. It had higher CCA IIRC.
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I don't know whether or not it's identical to a battery that was discontinued several years ago. I just know it's an AGM, has great reviews, and they had it in stock...so it's what I got...

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I wish it had top and side terminals though

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