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post #1 of 120 Old 01-23-2011, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best battery to use for my set up? Yellow Top Optima or what?

I run 8 light on top for short periods of time and a CB, dual fans 12 inch and 18 inch all the time while running. And i do have a 200 watt sub but thats hardly ever on. I will be adding a winch in the near future if this helps at all.

Right now my volt meter shows just under 14, which means i have a dying alternator, but I'm not too worried about that, i will get one from a durango soon.

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post #2 of 120 Old 01-23-2011, 02:18 AM
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Searching the forums will net you a lot of info on batteries.
INCLUDING, many personal experiences with Optima's slipping quality. It seems they don't last long at all anymore.

Diehard P4 from Sears seems popular, but may be discontinued.

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So Optima's arent good anymore amazing glad i didn't spend the money.
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yeah the company was bought out, and now the quality is slipping.
Tho most places have like 7 -8 year warrentys with a 3 years free replacement so a battery is a battery.

I heard good things about the p4 too.
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what do you mean P4
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what do you mean P4
Platinum 4.
http://www.mysears.com/DieHard-Autom...e-review-af970
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I have three Odysseys. A PC1500 in the LJ. Actually had it in a 2002 TJ (since June 2005) before I put it in the LJ. It sees winching twice per month, plus daily driving for two weeks, then sits for a week un-used. It has been drained down (headlights left on twice for 8 hours) and keeps working
Also have an Odyssey PC1700 in the Sequoia. It has been installed since Dec 2004, drained down three times. Still working. Left the Sequoia out in 6Deg F overnight recently, started right up.
Third is a PC2250 in the trailer as a deep cycle unit. Again, boring story, no problems.
All stay very clean, no growth of acid crystals. The Sears Platinum Die-hard is reportedly the same as an Odyssey, but less costly.

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I looked at Sears, looks like the P1 has 135 minutes of reserve and the P5 has 100. The P3 has 90 minutes and is a dual post model.

Can the P1 be purchased with dual posts?

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I looked at Sears, looks like the P1 has 135 minutes of reserve and the P5 has 100. The P3 has 90 minutes and is a dual post model.

Can the P1 be purchased with dual posts?
look at the group size. TJ's use 34/78DT's. P1 or P4 are that size. P4 is a P1 with dual posts.
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Go with a P4 and stay away from the optima like others have stated. Just a side note the batteries I really liked were Bosch, some of the best batteries I ever had were Bosch, but now I can't seem to find them anywhere.

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Right now my volt meter shows just under 14, which means i have a dying alternator
nope, this is normal voltage. mine reads about that. alternators normally put out 13.2-14.6ish.

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I run a P1 and have never had a problem with it. Great battery and great warranty.

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post #15 of 120 Old 01-23-2011, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the imput, i will most likely be getting a P4 this weekend. One other question does anyone know if they make a battery tray specifically for the P4 im doing a search now and will edit this if i answer my own question.
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