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.
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??
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
Wife hates off roading, that's her problem. That is all.
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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