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post #1 of 45 Old 05-24-2010, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Which OPTIMA Battery do you run?

I know there are more battery options out there but most use OPTIMA.

So for you OPTIMA owners... which one are you running?

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figured this might be a handy thread for the members getting ready to do elec mods.

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RED - decent battery if you arent powering a winch or a lot of lights
YELLOW - great all around battery. Currently my only battery and Ive got a lot of bling
BLUE - on order. Im installing a dual battery tray and will use this one to power all my stuff and the YELLOW one for my Jeep only.
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Blue for me.

Only difference in the blue and the yellow is that the blue has the extra terminals on top instead of on the side. The warranty is also different for some reason. At least it used to be.
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None of the above. Prefer Odyssey AGM, so I'm running a Sears Platinum (4 yr full warranty not prorated).





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I've had bad luck with yellow tops in the past, but they upgraded the warranty on yellow tops last year from 12 to 36 months, so that should help.

I bought my current red top before the warranty change as I was not going to buy another yellow top with 12 months warranty.
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Been running a Yellow Top for 3 years.. So you know my answer,. And I ran the air compressor part of my Powerplant on it and aired up 8 tires.. Had lunch and talked for 2 to 3 hours and then started up and drove home..

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My vote is the Duralast gold top battery. I love the high CCA's and the no questions asked free battery exchange for the first 3 years.



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Optimas have gone down hill in the past 2 years. I have had about 4 reds shit the bed on me and 3 yellow tops. When they work they work well

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None of the Above

Optima is no better as a battery than any other (IMO). As for off road racing applications the theory is sound. But to start my rock crawling, semi daily driver, just about any decent quality battery will do just fine. I'm still running the OEM, next will be interstate or diehard. so None of the Above should have been an option.
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I run the blue top as my Warn M8000 will be going on soon.

As a side note I purchased a red-top 5 years ago....it was in my old YJ for 2 years, my old XJ for 2 years, sold the XJ and a year later it is still going strong.
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Optima is no better as a battery than any other (IMO). As for off road racing applications the theory is sound. But to start my rock crawling, semi daily driver, just about any decent quality battery will do just fine. I'm still running the OEM, next will be interstate or diehard. so None of the Above should have been an option.
The difference is the gel. Gel batteries won't leak when overheated or tipped.
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Running two DieHard Platinum batteries, "E".

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I got a blue in the jk and a red in the xj. The blue is 4 yrs now and the red is 6 or so, no issues.

got Jeep got stuff, never enough of the right stuff tho

Am I in deep enough yet?
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I have run the red for over 5 years in the yj. I could gofor a month or more without driving it and get a great crank each time, Aldo runs a winch and extra lights no problem

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Two Blue's in the JK and a red in the TJ.
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The difference is the gel. Gel batteries won't leak when overheated or tipped.
What does that mean in the context of this thread?
Optima is not a gel battery.
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I'm running twin PC 1500 Odyssey's. Unable to purchase Sears Platinum
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BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Whateva's cheapest. This may be ignorance on my part, but, until car batteries move on from ancient technology, there is no point in getting a "premium" battery, vibration and shock is arguable the greatest concern, and most of us, as hardcore as you think you are, you get the greatest shock and vibration at high speeds, a 3" bump with improper suspension set up is way worse than crawling, obviously this is worst case scenario, but I hope you get the point


Anyway, my philosophy

you have a lot of accesories, AND, you run them often, Deep cycle, portable charger as a last resort, don't go wheeling alone, also, look at solar trickle chargers, they do wonders

not a lot of accesories, you want extra insurance buy two batteries, and have a portable charger, for the price of an optima anything, you can almost afford two clearance or "bargain" batteries

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I've still got the factory battery... still running strong. Will probably go with a blue top when it's time.

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What does that mean in the context of this thread?
Optima is not a gel battery.
I thought it was a gel battery for some reason. Just checked and it is only sealed.

Carry on.
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Red. Almost a year now no problems.
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Factory battery til it dies. However, I'm faced the same problem. I'll need a yellow top or blue top when the factory battery does die (especially with lights, winches, stereos, amps, and beer refrigerator.)

Here is my only question... If the yellow top (and maybe blue top) are deep cycle batteries, I didn't think the regular recharging and sustaining of alternators were good for deep cycle batteries. Back in the day (and I mean back...) we used to used deep cycle batteries for boats, which were always slowwwly recharged on an AC charger.

I have been living under a rock lately (instead of climbing over them), so since it has been a while since I've been informed on this point, so can anyone jump in and correct me?

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Whateva's cheapest. This may be ignorance on my part, but, until car batteries move on from ancient technology, there is no point in getting a "premium" battery, vibration and shock is arguable the greatest concern, and most of us, as hardcore as you think you are, you get the greatest shock and vibration at high speeds, a 3" bump with improper suspension set up is way worse than crawling, obviously this is worst case scenario, but I hope you get the point
I don't look at the vibration factor. I look at the winching factor. When I had the stock battery, every time I winched I would get the chime and battery dummy light. When my stock battery finally bit the dust, I replaced it with a yellowtop. A week later was out wheeling and ended up winching (other people) 6 times during the day. And these were some tough pulls- had to hook another JK up to my rear end to hold me while winching them. Not once did the battery chime/dummy light come on.
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