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Unread 12-21-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
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Best Battery for my TJ

So from what I've read people recommend the sears die hard platinum p4 for the TJ. I have a 99 Sahara. Is this the recommended battery or should I consider others like the optima red top?? Thanks, mine is dead.

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Unread 12-21-2011, 11:36 PM   #2
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People recommend those batteries for winches, lights and other items that may drain it quickly. I don't see any of those items in your profile. What are your future build plans that you think you need the "best"?
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So from what I've read people recommend the sears die hard platinum p4 for the TJ. I have a 99 Sahara. Is this the recommended battery or should I consider others like the optima red top?? Thanks, mine is dead.
Yes. Don't waste your money on the optima. Not even close to the same battery it was years ago.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 11:59 PM   #4
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I am getting the P4 for my new winch. I have fog lamps already not to mention a kick *** sound system. I have a remote starter on the way as well and it gets cold as hell here -40 below eh...
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Unread 12-22-2011, 12:07 AM   #5
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Die hard platinum is the only battery I've found that has the top AND side posts rated for the current draw of a winch. Optima's seem to be hit and miss these days and I'm glad mine was a hit. Never let me down. But for something tried and true go with the die hard platinum series. I have never heard a bad word about them.
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I'll just answer your question since you're simply wanting to know "the best". Whether you NEED it or not is a different story.

Optima used to be one of the highest rated batteries... however, now Odyssey is considered the best.

I just picked up an Odyssey 34-PC1500T battery from Amazon, which was super cheap compared to other places:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00249CSS2/ref=oh_o02_s00_i00_details

The Sears Diehard Platinum battery is made by the same company... but is just rebranded. I went with Odyssey since Amazon had such a great price on it, has great return policies, and no tax + free shipping.
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I'll just answer your question since you're simply wanting to know "the best". Whether you NEED it or not is a different story.

Optima used to be one of the highest rated batteries... however, now Odyssey is considered the best.

I just picked up an Odyssey 34-PC1500T battery from Amazon, which was super cheap compared to other places:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details


The Sears Diehard Platinum battery is made by the same company... but is just rebranded. I went with Odyssey since Amazon had such a great price on it, has great return policies, and no tax + free shipping.



***$271***

Thats insane, the Diehard sells for around $200.
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Ha, I didnt say it was cheap altogether... Just cheap compared to odyssey batteries elsewhere.

Also, chances are... If you're dropping $200 on a battery to begin with, you have the money to buy one that's $270.

Like I said, the die hard batteries are the same thing, just rebranded... But I don't have a sears nearby and shipping those are expensive.
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If you do have a Sears nearby, I would suggest going in the store and asking about an extended warranty. Sears is awesome about that kind of thing and usually you'll find the same caliber of people working there as you would find working at autozone. Working for a wage, full of apathy, and more interested in tweeting about their last bathroom break than splitting hairs about whether your warranty is still valid after X years.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 01:18 PM   #10
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agm batteries are the best like odyssey or carquests extreme battery. optima is old school. i used to run optima and swore by it then i discoverd agm (abosorbed glass mat) batteries. i have the carquest ngt extreme agm. ca and cca are ridiculous.
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Sears Die hard Platinum , a Sears or K-mart are within driving distance of almost everyone. Its worth the trip . Been using them for years never a problem.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 02:31 PM   #12
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I got the diehard platinum pm-2 because I wanted the second set of posts up top. No complaints so far.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 02:54 PM   #13
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Search agm batteries if youre looking to go that route. I believe the agm's from oreillys are from the same manufacturer as the sears agm's and a lot cheaper. Double check though. I just replaced mine and since i dont have a winch in my future i went with an 800 cca bat from advanced. Theyve worked just fine for me over the years for normal applications
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Unread 12-22-2011, 11:01 PM   #14
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I'll just answer your question since you're simply wanting to know "the best". Whether you NEED it or not is a different story.

Optima used to be one of the highest rated batteries... however, now Odyssey is considered the best.

I just picked up an Odyssey 34-PC1500T battery from Amazon, which was super cheap compared to other places:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details


The Sears Diehard Platinum battery is made by the same company... but is just rebranded. I went with Odyssey since Amazon had such a great price on it, has great return policies, and no tax + free shipping.


Wow, I did very well two weeks ago. I bought the Group 65 Die hard Platinum online for 189 and applied a 10.00 coupon bringing the cost to 179.
Now, here is where I had problems. I chose to pick it up at my local Sears auto center. When i went to pick it up they did not have any Die Hard Platinums in stock, though there inventory showed 1 Group 65 DHP. They instead tried to get me to take the new Die Hard Gold Advanced AGM (which is a Deka, I believe) stating that they no longer carry the Die Hard Platinum. This was not acceptable to me so I asked them to check the next closest store and they had 13 in stock; I went to that store.

Now I get to the store and pick up the battery but they could not complete the transaction because the order was placed by sears online for pickup at the original store. Back and forth with Sears online and the very helpful counter people at this second automotive center, who were on my my side. Sears online actually wanted me to go home and go back online, i said NO! I ended up buying the battery (a second charge) right there in the store after at least 40 minutes to an hour. I asked the sears online to just cancel the order and they never did. it took 3 subsequent phone calls to get this rectified (not confirmed as yet). The one bright spot is that the assistant manager beat the Internet price + coupon by 20.00 so I paid 159.00 for the battery. Was the trouble worth the additional 20 dollar savings; probably not but it was a nice gesture. I guess i should of bought two... LOL!

The new Die hard Gold advanced AGM retails for just under the sale price of the die hard platinum. The Die Hard GOLD AGM has a little less of a warranty and is not as powerful as the Platinum but it should easily meet the needs of most who take their jeeps off road or in cold climates. If you use that winch allot or other high drain accessory I would look to the platinum. If Vibration is not an issue then buy a good quality flooded cell battery...
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Unread 12-23-2011, 03:16 AM   #15
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As a side note, I spotted a AGM battery in Sam's club for $100. Manufactured by East Penn.
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