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Unread 03-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
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Buying a New Battery

Whelp, looks like I get to drop some loot on a new battery as the old one is no longer holding a charge. Going to stop by Auto Zone on the way home from work. Anything I should look for in a battery?

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Unread 03-11-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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I have been plenty happy with my gel batteries...

After putting an Optima in the Jeep (then rolling said jeep, flopping her back over and driving her home) I installed them in every other vehicle I own! Kinda pricey, but worth it in my book!
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Unread 03-11-2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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Most of us are not very happy with the gel batteries. They don't seem to hold up as well as they used to. Apparently the manufacturer changed hands and the building process changed. "New" means new. It doesn't always mean better.

I prefer the largest that will fit and for me it's a must that it's NOT maintenance free. I WANT to be able to add water if needed. There is a very good argument for going to a tractor supply type store and buying a tractor battery. They seem to have heavier duty plates and more rugged cases. If you don't offroad, this means nothing.

Stereos, winches, etc. pull their power from the battery which is then backfilled by the alternator. So if you have this kind of stuff, the more reserve the better.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:09 PM   #4
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Hope it's not too late for ya but don't buy an optima. They've been Chinese made for last 4 years. They've also had tons of issues not lasting in the last 4 years. I has a yellow top in mine that's 5 years old and still running strong but I won't put another one in it.

What I switched to for my wife's 777 is a interstate. Went to get a green top but got a different one with 1k cranking amps and 800 CCA. 6 year warranty no questions asked too.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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I just put a "STARTING/MARINE" deep cycle batt in my jeep. I found my best deal @ our local equal of TRACTOR SUPPLY. Without a winch on yours you may not need the Marine function on 23.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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I have a DieHard Platinum from Sears, and it has been very reliable.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #7
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I have an Optima that is working on 7 years in my Chevy Truck and no problems. I believe that they switched to Mexico manufacturing in 2009 and their quality went downhill. My experience with GM style batteries and AGM batteries (Optima gel style) makes me a big believer. The next time I need a battery I plan on buying the AGM battery from Sears (I think it is Platinum). Find a discount/coupon as they are pretty pricey ($200 or so). This is in line with other AGM batteries. JP magazine did a review of batteries a few months ago and it rated very well. I am not sure who is making their batteries but I suspect First Penn.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #8
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I have a DieHard Platinum from Sears, and it has been very reliable.
What he said. Guys around here said a couple years ago this battery was the best bang for buck on the market. They also said it handles the abuse off road better than most. This is what I'll look into for mine when I need a new one.
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Do you have a Carquest nearby? Recently got a battery at Carquest with a 7 year warranty for about $10 more then an Autozone battery with a 3 year warranty;
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