Batteries of choice?

havahockey

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I plan to run dual batteries in the back of my truck real soon. What is everyones suggestions on which battery to run? I was either going to run two Red-Top Optimas or one Red-Top and one Yellow-Top. Has anyone had good luck with a different brand?

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blind655

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so far.. I have been happy with my Optima yellow top. I've had it for over a year and have had no problems with it.. just my .02

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whats the difference between a red top and a yellow top??

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I have a yellow top and my high output altanator(sp?) went bad and dumped so much juice in it that it swelled up till it was round and hissed out the little vent holes in the top. I fixed the problem and Im still using the batt a year later. It kinda returned to its normal size. But I dont think I would buy an other brand. I think the Yellow is a deep cycle which has a longer reserve than the red , but I could be wrong on that one. MW
 

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Optimas are the only batts ive seen hold up to off road abuse. They dont leak, they are gel filled, so no plates to break.



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blind655

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I think with the deep cycle you can drain it to zero power and re charge it with out damaging the battery.. I guess with a regular battery its not good to do that

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scott

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2 Red Tops should be good enough. Are you planning on running lots of lights ???
 

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If you're not sure which to use, get an orange top.
 

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I've got a Die Hard and it rocks. Never had a problem, stereo with mad bumps runs for hours on end and I have killed it to zero several times. Optimas are overpriced and overrated. I think I payed 100 for mine installed with 6 year warranty and it has not let me down yet....4 years later.

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I just went thru the Optima site last night looking at all of the options they offer. Hope the below is clear enough. From the numbers I don't see any difference btwn the Orange top and the Red top unless you're of the 'Spinal Tap' bent and Orange must be better because it's Orange. I think a rep's explaination is order there.
The trend seems to be that the deep cycle batteries have more lead in them as they are, as a class, heavier than the starting batteries.
I'm considering 4 of the Red top 6V models wired series-parallel. They would be lighter than 2 Red or Orange tops excepting the 75/35 models, but they have better performance numbers than those.

Top Mdl Grp Lth Wh Ht Wt Ah Res CCA MCA P/N
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STARTING:
Orange R34 34 10 6.8 7.8 37.9 50 104 750 980 8003-151 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/R34.pdf

Red 34 34 10 6.8 7.8 37.9 50 104 750 980 8002-002 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/34.pdf

Red-dual terminal
34/78 34/78 10 6.8 7.8 38.8 55 104 750 980 8004-003 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/3478.pdf

Red-dual terminal
75/35 75/35 9.4 6.8 7.6 33.1 44 90 650 870 8022-091 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/7535.pdf

6V Red
6V n/a 10 3.5 7.8 18.4 50 104 750 980 8010-044 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/6V.pdf

DEEP CYCLE:
Yellow D34 34 10 6.8 7.8 42.9 55 120 550 870 8012-021 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/D34.pdf

Ylw D34/78 34/78 10 6.8 7.8 43.8 55 120 550 870 8014-045 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/D3478.pdf

6V Ylw D6V n/a 10 3.5 7.8 23.3 50 120 550 870 8018-004 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/D6V.pdf

MARINE:
Blue/ltgry case (deep cycle)
D34M 34 10 6.8 7.8 43.5 55 120 550 870 8016-103 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/D34MB.pdf

Blue/dkgry case (starting)
D34M 34 10 6.8 7.8 38.4 50 104 750 980 8006-006 http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/pdf/D34M.pdf


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Overpriced till they spew battery acid all over your truck. You can break the plates loose in an optima to. The rep told Me to mount them on thier side to prolong the life. This keeps the plates from pulling out of the buss bars on top. Or you could just get better suspension......
 

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i have got a question. I am planning on putting my battery in the bed of my truck soon and i want the battery to last for a while i was planning on an optima but i dont really know much about the different batteries. With my stock battery i can be out at lunch listening to my radio and my battery will go dead enough to the point where i can t start my truck and my lunch is only 30 mins. any suggestion?
 

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Sounds like your battery is bad or is not the right one for that truck. I can run my stereo for about 4-6 hours and not have problems....and my CD player will begin to skip when it is getting too low and thats when I know to fire it up.

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The problem with the die hard's is they leak. Over time, you will cause damage to your cables if you are not careful. Mine leaked a little, or what I thought was a little. Suddenly the truck would not start. The battery had leaked so bad that the cables deteriorated. I had to replace the battery as well as the cables. It cost me $500. I replaced it with a Optima red top for $125 - Autozone. Get the Optima, its worth it if the truck bounces at all.
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I'll tell you what !!!! My buddies Ranger has a Honda......YES a Honda battery in it, and it takes a pounding, and its going on 7 years old. He swears by them.....
 

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4 years and lots of dirt miles and mine is holding up like a champ..hence the reason I recommend them so highly. I maintain my truck on a weekly basis so I dont have to worry about things getting out of control to the point of deterioration. If you paid 125 fir the optima, where did the other 375 go? Gold cables?

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Re: " It cost me $500"

FIVE HUNDRED BUCKS! for a battery and cables????
WOW, who put that in for you? Advanced Machining Dynamics?? ;-)

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ntsqd

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Canadian friend of mine had his alt die in WA state on his way to the Rubicon. Being very tight budgeted he didn't have it on him to replace the alt so he got truckers to charge him in rest stops. Drove down, ran the Rube, and back like that. On the Rube his batt broke loose and got into the fan which ate a big hole in the side. They duct taped the hole closed and refastened it somehow.
That was an Optima battery and it went another year b4 dieing. He thinks it would have lasted longer if he'd periodically replaced the duct tape as it came loose. He said it looked like the gel in the two exposed cells dried out.

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