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Old 11-12-2010, 01:00 AM   #1
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best off-road battery

It seems like all i used to hear about was the Optima Yellow-top batteries. I wanted something to run my winch w/o having to have the jeep running. So of course, i did buy the Optima, but since it is no longer my dd, after a few days of not driving it the brand new battery was dead.Then I started hearing negative things about this battery. I assumed it may be my alternator, so i removed that and took it in to have it tested. It still works! So I'm wondering if i should stick with this battery or does anyone have any better recommendations. Maybe i just need a battery maintainer to keep it slightly charged all the time? Any opinions on recommended batteries or charging tips on the Optima would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-12-2010, 09:17 AM   #2
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Diehard Platinum P4. Optima is crap now.

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Old 11-12-2010, 09:34 AM   #3
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Diehard Platinum P4. Optima is crap now.
Cost a little more, but well worthit-most of the GEL batteries won't take the automotive random use/charge and OPTIMA has fallen off the ledge

I have an ODYSSEY, (Sears)that I carry off-road for my fishing boat and will trade (if needed) my jeep battery/trailer battery, but

THE BEST is the Sears Diehard Platinum P4-

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Old 11-12-2010, 10:04 AM   #4
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:02 AM   #5
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Great, sounds like that's the one i'm going to get then! Appreciate the input. Like i said before it is no longer my dd, so would you recommend a battery maintainer or just a regular charger??

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How long are you going to be leaving it? Mine turns right over after sitting for 2 months.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:10 AM   #7
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Great, sounds like that's the one i'm going to get then! Appreciate the input. Like i said before it is no longer my dd, so would you recommend a battery maintainer or just a regular charger??

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I have my jeep/trailer/Aux battery on maintainers in Nevada and they've kept things PRIMO for almost two years-

I don't have an expensive recommendation for mfg and almost any cheaper type will do, just be sure you get the one for your TYPE battery-ie, Gel/acid/AGM-they will specify in the info data for the maintener !!

Mine are from JCWhitney and work splendidly !!

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Old 11-12-2010, 11:28 AM   #9
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Dyna-batt. Expensive, but really small so it can be stashed just about anywhere if space is tight. Dead-nuts reliable, quick to charge, tons of starting power. Dry Cell Batteries
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:33 AM   #10
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My yellow top is about 5 years old, so it's a good one. From all the horror stories I hear about new ones, I'll probably go with something else when it dies. I just hope this one lives forever.
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I've been lucky. My yellow top which I bought a year or so ago is still doing well. I don't drive it much at all anymore but when I do it starts right up. I have a nice meangreen alternator, not sure if that is what is making the difference. But if I'm not driving it much then that alternator isn't what is keeping the juice in the batt.

I've heard the horror stories too and I've seen some failures (mostly red tops) leaking or worse (one melted all of the wireing harness). I wanted to get the Sears Diehard Platinum but I needed a battery right away so I went with what the shop I was at carried.

I did have a blue Exide battery before the yellow top but it didn't last long at all.

In short, if I need a replacement I'll probably go with the platinum. Until then, my yellow is holding up fine.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:25 PM   #12
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Odyssey is best out there. We run 'em in drag cars with no alternators, serious duty cycles, trouble free.
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:08 PM   #13
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Nate, I'm sorry to hear about the problem you've been having with your battery and I'd like to help. What is the parasitic draw on your Jeep? This video explains how to check your parasitic draw.

Battery tenders or maintainers are great investments, which will help extend the life of any battery. However, if your vehicle only sees occassional use, you can also park it with the battery fully-charged (13.0-13.2 volts for YellowTops) and disconnected from your vehicle. Since JIMBO mentioned the “G” word, I should clarify that Optima batteries are not “gel” batteries and treating them as such can damage them. Typical lead-acid battery chargers will work just fine on Optima batteries, but “gel” or “gel/AGM” charger settings should be avoided, as they will not fully-charge an Optima and could damage it.

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Glad I found this thread, I always used to run Optima's but that was years ago when they were still made well. For those of you that have 5+ year old optimas, you probably have the older models which are awesome, the new ones are garbage. Im definitely going with Odyssey extreme series for my next battery(or 2). No offense to the diehards but I hate sears and their rebranded crap. I'm sure its 100% as good, but I prefer to buy directly from the original manufacturer. I used to work at sears and have a horrible taste in my mouth from them. Hopefully Optima will fix their mistake and start making their batteries right again, until then I wont touch one with a 10ft pole.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:01 PM   #15
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Odyssey is the current BEST OF THE BEST..........
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:51 PM   #16
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Hey quick question though, which one should I go with, the normal 34 or the 34M(marine)?
I do a lot of beach driving when I go striper fishing and I have been going Marine for nearly everything so far, marine speakers, planning to do a full por-15 undercoating, should I grab the marine series batt? I dont see anything defining the difference.

Edit: Speaking of size, must I use a 34 or can I fit/use one of the larger higher capacity models? or am I just better off with a dual battery tray?
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:50 AM   #17
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I installed dual Optima Yellowtops in my '03 Rubicon about 10 years ago. The jeep would sometimes sit for 3 or more months without being driven. The cranking battery died once so I started hooking it up to a 3x1-foot solar panel when parked for long periods and never had any problems after that.

After reading of all the problems with the newer Optimas and reviewing specs, I opted for Odyssey batteries in the dual install I did in the JK last week. The Odysseys have more CCA (850 vs 750), Ah (68 vs 55) and reserve time (135 vs 120) than the Optimas. I used the Genesis Offroad dual battery setup...fantastic product.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:37 PM   #18
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Hate to see Optimas have fallen off. I have always run them in my vehicles. I was planning on putting a red top in after my factory battery died... reconsidering that now.

Hopefully OptimaJim is relaying these messages to those in charge.
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I'm with you NH1, I dont need a battery right away and would love to see optima regain their former glory. But I guess business is business, I have my fingers crossed though.
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Consider this a thumbs down on the diehards. Just had to replace one in my wife's car that was barely 3yrs old. I have a battery outlet (Willards) close by and have been using their batteries. Have had good luck (says as knocking on wood).
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:42 PM   #21
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Diehard Platinum P4 here. Best battery I've owned so far.
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Diehard Platinum P4 here. Best battery I've owned so far.
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Wow you guys just totally crushed the Optima salesguy.
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I had a Optima Yellow that was 2 years old that the PO put in my Jeep go out on me in the middle of absolute nowhere. My dad and I had to swap batteries between our Jeeps and pull start his (manual). He had a 2 year old Sears Diehard Platinum. I still run that Diehard in my Jeep and my dad just got a new one for his Jeep. Its been 2 years since and its still goin.

Optimas used to be good many years ago but since Johnson Controls they went downhill very quickly.
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Die hard platinum = re-branded odyssey

I'm runnin 2 platinums in my jku.

Deka also makes a nice AGM battery, I have 2 of those in my duramax.

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