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Old 01-24-2010, 06:05 PM   #1
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Hey guys I need to replace my battery and I need some advise. My Jeep is my office and I work out of it daily. I spend a lot of down time in between assignments and waiting around (I'm a photojournalist) anyway I watch movies on a din DVD player along with running my laptop off my aux. plug in. I also run strobes during emergency situations and leave my Jeep off with the strobes running. Any recommendations on a good LONG life battery that can take a serious load day in and day out? Please don't say the Yellow or Red piece of crap. I know some friends who compete in stereo competitions and they say those things suck for running stuff consistently. I also occasionally run photo strobes through a converter. Thanks for any advise.

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Old 01-24-2010, 06:31 PM   #2
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Check out the Sears Platimun Battery. Lots of good feedback on how long they last.

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yea the red and yellow are crap, but the blue marine one is pretty serious!! i had it in my other car and I ran a S**TLOAD of electronics off it and it never once gave me a problem, freakin pissed i forgot to take it out when I sold my car tho...
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x2 Sears Platnium . . . it's a rebadged Odessey with a better warranty from Sears.
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yea the red and yellow are crap, but the blue marine one is pretty serious!! i had it in my other car and I ran a S**TLOAD of electronics off it and it never once gave me a problem, freakin pissed i forgot to take it out when I sold my car tho...
Optima's D34M Blue Top marine battery is 100% exactly the same internally as the Yellow Top. They are literally the same battery inside. The only difference between them is the color of the case and the type of external connections.

I agree with the others, leave the Optimas on the store shelves. After my three Optimas all failed prematurely including my last Blue Top, I went for the Sears Diehard Platinum. Wow, that Diehard Platinum is a beast... the engine even turns over faster while being started.

I used to be a real Optima supporter/promoter but not since they were bought out by Johnson Controls & their quality took a nosedive.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:47 AM   #6
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:19 PM   #7
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Problem with Yellow Optima is it doesn't have any cold cranking amps and as soon as you start your vehicle on it you might at well toss it in the can. You just destroyed it. It's made to be drained by electronics and then charged back up again. It's not designed to take the sort of hit starting a car puts on it. Now if you isolate the Yellow top and use a red top for starting you have a great package that should last a long time. I don't have the cash right now to set up something like that but I do need a battery to run my strobes, radio, computer and all the electronics in my Jeep on a daily basis. I however lucked out and managed to score a brand new Kinetik 2000 series for a $100 delivered. That's a $500 battery. If anyone needs a sick battery for running everything in the world and then guaranteed start go to Kinetik and check them out. WOW wicked little battery!!
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Problem with Yellow Optima is it doesn't have any cold cranking amps and as soon as you start your vehicle on it you might at well toss it in the can. You just destroyed it. It's made to be drained by electronics and then charged back up again.
I'm no Optima fan but that is simply not the case. Neither the 34/78 Yellow Top nor the D34M Blue Top is a pure deep cycle battery that can be damaged by such use. Both batteries (Blue/Yellow are identical batteries inside the case) are combination SLI (starting/lights/ignition) and deep cycle batteries that are not damaged by also using it as a starting battery. Check out its CCA rating too.

I wouldn't recommend an Optima any more but don't confuse the Yellow Top (or Blue Top) for a pure deep cycle battery that can be damaged by such uses. it's not.
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Listen hear Mr Smarty Pants from Escondido... what's your address so we can so we can go Jeepin' LOL I live in San Marcos we should hook up.
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Hah that's a first... "Mr. Smarty Pants". Definitely, we're too close not to. Maybe you should come to the second-annual WF Meet 'n Greet coming up 3/26 where a bunch of us WF'rs will be. It's talked about in the Calif. wheeling section here & I'm planning on being there so long as I don't screw up & get the wife mad at me.

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Jerry I was so excited when I read the post for the get together... until my wife rained on my parade. She's doing the Iron Man that weekend out at Camp Pendleton.
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Jerry I was so excited when I read the post for the get together... until my wife rained on my parade. She's doing the Iron Man that weekend out at Camp Pendleton.
Tell her to "man" up then and do her own thing while you do yours

Wish I could make it and meet up with you folks...but you all are only about 31 hour drive away (one way). lol
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Another good battery is the AC Delco 34P7yr Platinum. These are used in alot of police and highway patrol cars (up here in North Dakota) with all the electronics that they use. But they are spendy.
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Thanks for the information guys! I was seriously looking at the Optima batteries to run a dual setup, but now I may ride out to Sears...

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