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post #1 of 9 Old 04-05-2019, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Best value battery?

Looks like battery is toast, lasted 2 months longer than its 3 year warranty... Autocraft Gold.
Search results are tons of much older posts and most are not valid today.
I dont have anything special - 2001 XJ with a 98 ZJ engine - located in south Florida so no temp extremes - no additional electronics.
Looking for the best value per dollar.
I might also have one I can use out of my Dakota. It states 600cca. Would that work?
One in the XJ now is 800.
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-05-2019, 10:27 PM
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Basically if it says Mexico on it, stay away. You want a Deka battery (EastPenn makes it).

If the one you got fits in the battery compartment, it will work. Make sure the posts don't make contact with the hood. Some batteries are taller than others.
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Basically if it says Mexico on it, stay away. You want a Deka battery (EastPenn makes it).

If the one you got fits in the battery compartment, it will work. Make sure the posts don't make contact with the hood. Some batteries are taller than others.
Unfortunately doesnt look like they are available anywhere near me.
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I believe Napa Legend is still made by East Penn. Go on the Napa website and look for the current Safety Data Sheet; it will tell you the manufacturer. Sometimes basic and premium of the same brand name are made by different manufacturers.

If it says Johnson Controls, it's crap.

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Get yourself a Battery MINDer with desulfation and you may be able to bring it back. I have a few and run them on my dd's for a week at a time a couple times a year. Northern Tool has them for $25 on eBay right now.
http://vi.raptor.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBa...57441000&ver=0

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If it's beyond the warranty, it is toast. I typically get a WallyWorld. Some of the current batch has a 5 year warranty. I just bought one for the Wrangler, 5 yrs prorated $187 with $15 core rebate. We have 11.5% sales tax
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I have a battery for my Jag that is a simple no name lead acid battery, bought it in 2009. It is maintained at full charge by a solar floater (min Amps) and kept in a cool place. Starts the Jag first time. I am expecting to see it fail any year now, but that is about as long as a battery can keep going.

My XJ batteries last 2 to 3 years, it gets very hot under the hood and there is a lot of crawling and vibration. If you get 3 years in a driven XJ, about right.

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keep life simple buy wally, forget it for a while. mine last many years,...

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Unfortunately doesnt look like they are available anywhere near me.
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Sam's Club carries a auto battery brand called Duracell, which is made by East Penn. I have a group 78 in my 96 Jeep XJ. I got 5 years out of the last one. It still started fine, but I was hesitant to push my luck on another winter with it, so I replaced it with an another duracell last October. They are very good batteries and reasonably priced. I like them since they are sealed and are maintenance free.
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