I'm sure it's been covered a million times, but my battery went tits up tonight. What battery should I replace it with? I know the Sears Platinum is the best, but it's also dang pricey. Is there a decent replacement that's more affordable?
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Much of it has to do with the quality of internals and construction.
"With tin-coated brass terminals and 99.99 percent pure virgin lead plates, this DieHard Platinum Size 34/78DT Battery is long lasting, sturdy and reliable. It offers easy and flexible mounting facilitated by its Absorbed Glass Mat construction. These mats keep the acid in place and makes the battery vibration-resistant. With a sealed and non-spillable structure, the battery is safe for use."
"Apt for off-road applications the battery is vibration-resistant and sports a military-grade construction"
Website says they are on sale for $172.49....$57.50 off. Well worth getting one at that price!
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Don't know if you guys are aware, but batteries are made by 4 companies, Enersys, Delphi, Exide and Johnson Controls. Optima is made by Johnson Controls. Enersys makes the DieHard Platinuim and ONLY the Platinum. I'm a fan of the Platinum if you can afford it, I'm also a fan of the the Optima Yellow Top too. If not, my best advise is find the cheapest battery with the best warranty. For the longest time it was the MAXX battery at Wal-Mart. I think a good deal is now at Costco.
Probably the BEST deal around if you can find them is a Battery Doctor. Its a start up business, so its someone you have to find locally. I know my bro-in-law doesn't advertise, its a word of mouth thing. But he does fleet vehicles like the Post Office, taxi's etc. He will do regular peoples stuff too. $30 with a 3 year warranty. But his bread and butter is fleets, including big rigs and golf carts.
Anyway, I worked for both Sears and a small auto parts shop that sold Interstate batteries. The difference is the stickers and who will pay the higher price for the better warranty. Thats really all it is. Oh, and by the way, before returning your core to the auto store for the $5, look at a salvage yard, many are giving as much as $12 for a battery!
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