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Unread 01-16-2008, 09:01 PM   #1
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so what battery???

i like the sound of the Optimas but which top........when i upgrade i don't see spending money on anything but the best......which i have heard is optima...but i am willing to entertain any ideas of other brands being contenders

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Unread 01-16-2008, 09:07 PM   #2
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Go to Sears and buy the Diehard Platinum 34/78 battery. If you have ever heard of Odyssey batteries(which are top notch) the Sears Diehard Platinum's are made by the same company. The Odyssey model that is the same as the Sears is a PC1500. I have been very pleased with mine. Just seems to be to many sporadic problems with the Optimas.
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Unread 01-16-2008, 09:12 PM   #3
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i like the sound of the Optimas but which top........when i upgrade i don't see spending money on anything but the best......which i have heard is optima...but i am willing to entertain any ideas of other brands being contenders
I run a Yellow top
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Unread 01-16-2008, 09:12 PM   #4
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i plan on going with a odyssey battery when i upgrade mine

http://www.odysseybatteries.com/battery/pc1500ms.htm
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Unread 01-16-2008, 09:15 PM   #5
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Do not run optima red top!!!! I ran two and both went bad, I changed to the yellow top and worked fine untill I sold my truck......I now go with sears.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 01:04 AM   #6
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I run a Yellow top
x2, I also run a yellow top. Yellow tops are deep cycle, great for heavy electical loads such as a winch that may drain down the battery. If you don't have heavy electrical loads that require deep cycle batteries, then go for the red top. I've run them in many cars for many years and never had one fail.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 01:42 AM   #7
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Ya know, my cherokee has some generic valucraft brand battery in it, and the thing has never died. I've left the lights on all night, and it was a slow crank, but it turned. And it's lived through jump starting atleast 20 different cars. I cant kill it.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 02:20 AM   #8
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Ya know, my cherokee has some generic valucraft brand battery in it, and the thing has never died. I've left the lights on all night, and it was a slow crank, but it turned. And it's lived through jump starting atleast 20 different cars. I cant kill it.

Same here. I have a cheapo that has been in my YJ for 8 years and it's still going strong, even being used with a winch.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 06:24 AM   #9
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The super cheap Autozone batteries used to be unkillable monsters; the Autozone battery my father's Comanche Eliminator survived (and is still going) after two years of being completely drained nearly every day (the crank sensor went bad and he was lazy enough that he would rather let it crank for minutes than just change it until the sensor finally died altogether one day).

Don't buy from them now though. I just had two of their batteries in a row die after just a few days use. I asked them about it and they said they changed companies; I don't remember who they said made the old ones, but the new ones cost twice as much, and the guy leveled with me that the new ones are from a no name chinese company and the shipping statements say that the store only pays a few dollars for each battery.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 06:43 AM   #10
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With a winch - you need a deep cycle battery.

I run the Optima Blue Top. Pretty much the same as the YellowTop, but with AUX posts on top.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 07:35 AM   #11
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i like the sound of the Optimas but which top........when i upgrade i don't see spending money on anything but the best......which i have heard is optima...but i am willing to entertain any ideas of other brands being contenders

A person can call me crazy but all I run is deep cycle batts. In my tractors, mowers, truck, and jeeps. I live on a farm and when it's cold/hot you your battery gets tested. When the temp zaps the piss out of them you want a battery that can take the changes. I have found that only the deep cycle batterys can keep up with that. As stated above. With a winch a deep cycle is a must.

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Unread 01-17-2008, 07:53 AM   #12
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A person can call me crazy but all I run is deep cycle batts. In my tractors, mowers, truck, and jeeps. I live on a farm and when it's cold/hot you your battery gets tested. When the temp zaps the piss out of them you want a battery that can take the changes. I have found that only the deep cycle batterys can keep up with that. As stated above. With a winch a deep cycle is a must.

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x2 i grew up in the boonies in southern michigan. we always ran Diehard's Gold's or deep cycles, although my factory battery is still working in my Jeep.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 10:00 AM   #13
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Do not run optima red top!!!! I ran two and both went bad, I changed to the yellow top and worked fine untill I sold my truck......I now go with sears.
I got a red as a gift and kept it. Two years and no isues - love it?!
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Unread 01-17-2008, 10:15 AM   #14
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Pure deep cycle batteries are not really good choices for our Jeeps, even those with winches. The batteries that we often call deep cycle, like the Optima Yellow Top, Optima D34M Blue Top, Odyssey PC1200 or PC1500, Exide Orbital, etc. are not a true deep cycle battery. They are really combination starting (SLI... starting, lights, ignition) and deep cycle batteries. The new Diehard Platinum is made by Odyssey so it is also a combo starting/deep cycle.

I sure can't recommend a pure deep cycle battery for a Jeep. They're not meant to be a daily starting (SLI) battery so they won't hold up as well as a combo starting-deep cycle battery like those mentioned above.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 10:29 AM   #15
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I will not be getting another optima battery. I Have a yellow top and it just costs too much. 2 other family members have TJ's one with a factory battery one with a cheapo battery. One of them has a winch like me one doesnt. I am the only one who has had battery problems.
The TJ with the factory battery would sit sometimes a month at a time on the Colorado/New Mexico border at my parents cabin. It would get very cold there and it is still starting and working like new. It is 5 years old now and has
a winch.
Anyways ill not be spending 175 dollars for a battery again.
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