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Unread 10-17-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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Where can you buy blemished batteries?

It's that time when I need to replace my battery. Where can you buy blemished batteries? I already have an Optima Red Top in my Jeep and want to go on ahead and get the same battery. Do most auto parts stores sell blemished batteries?

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Unread 10-17-2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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Doesn't the Optima Red have a ten year full, plus ten year prorated warranty? You should be able to get it replaced free or cheap.
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Unread 10-17-2009, 05:16 PM   #3
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Never heard of a blemished battery. Sorry but I dont think you will find one
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Unread 10-19-2009, 12:20 PM   #4
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yea never heard of one. do you mean one that was dented during shipping? For things like batteries they probably send them right back to the manufacturer.
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the other question you have to ask is do you really want a blemished battery? whats a blemished battery going to look like? busted posts? leaking acid? incorrect plate thickness? incorrectly installed/manufactured terminals?

Considering batteries are fairly dangerous, with 25-40lbs of lead surrounded by extremely caustic acid giving off nasty gasses, I'd stick with the stuff that actually meets spec.
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Doesn't the Optima Red have a ten year full, plus ten year prorated warranty?
Not even close. The Red Top has a 36 month non-prorated warranty and no pro-rated warranty time beyond 36 months at all. If it's in commercial service, only 12 months. If you connect deep cycle equipment like a winch or car audio to a Red Top, it's not covered at all.
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Unread 10-19-2009, 04:22 PM   #7
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Optima Product Support: Warranty Info
36 months free replacement, plus 36 months prorated for personal use red tops. They do have a 'deep cycle applications' clause, but if you show up holding a battery how is anyone going to prove how it was used?
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I can't believe you guys have never heard of BLEM Batteries. I'll explain, all they are are batteries that have been scuffed or scratched during manufacturing. They are perfectly safe and good batteries but don't pass inspection so they are usually given away cheap. The Optima battery I have in my Jeep right know is a BLEM Battery, only problem is a friend of my dad new a secret place to get, even more unfortunate is this friend died of cancer over 5 years ago. So obviously I won't be getting any info from him.

Just to clear some things up, Optima batteries uses gel and not acid and are completely sealed and do not leak.
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Optima Product Support: Warranty Info
36 months free replacement, plus 36 months prorated for personal use red tops. They do have a 'deep cycle applications' clause, but if you show up holding a battery how is anyone going to prove how it was used?
That is only true for Optima's older batteries. New Red Tops sold since February of this year come ONLY with a 36 month warranty, they dropped the second 36 month prorated coverage for all batteries sold after February 2009. They only come with a flat 36 month warranty now, no pro-rated at all. His old Red Top may be covered but after his initial 36 month warranty, the pro-rated portion doesn't really help all that much.
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Let me google that for you
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let me pop in here for a minute, are optima batteries better than a normal battery? i've heard mixed things about it, but it sounds like it would be better. i'm asking because i need a new one, and wanted to find out from people who have used one before
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Optima batteries use a more rugged technology called AGM (absorbed glass matting) that is highly resistant to shock & vibration, they have "solid" battery cells filled with a non-liquid acid so they are also spill proof. That said, after three prematurely failed Optima batteries, I gave up and replaced my latest prematurely failed Optima Blue Top with a Sears Diehard Platinum 3478DT battery several months ago. The Diehard Platinum is also an AGM technology battery that is made for them by Odyssey who makes mil-spec batteries for the military. Both the Odyssey and Diehard Platinum make the Optima look like a low-life battery for about the same cost.

If someone asked me for a battery recommendation until the last year or two, I'd say Optima. No more, I've given up on them. It'd be REAL hard to beat an Odyssey or Diehard Platinum 3478-DT. I went with the Diehard over just buying an Odyssey because there are Sears stores everywhere that makes support of it easy. Even when my Optima batteries were new, they never spun my TJ's starter motor nearly as fast/solidly as the new Diehard Platinum battery does. There was a dramatic improvement once I got the Diehard installed.
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Alright, thanks. I'll take a look into the Diehard batteries.
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Look in the phone book for batteries, call around to your local dealers and ask if they sell blems. I had a coworker who previously worked in a battery factory and he told me that a blemished battery is a battery that did not pass all of the tests on its first time through production. It is then fixed and if it passes all of the tests it is sold as a blem without the name brand label on it. There is nothing wrong with a blemished battery and they can be had at a fraction of the price of a new name brand battery. I bought a blem last year for $30 and it works fine.


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