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Old 03-08-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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Optima Batteries Yes / No

Just wondering if anyone has experience with Optima batteries in their JK?
Police and ambulance services run them and many in the drag racing sport. they are lighter and say they last twice as long...

But that doesn't necessarily mean they are good for a Jeep off road.

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Yes. I approve. Your gonna get a %50/50 sweep answer on them.. but most of those answers are because a friend 6 years ago got a bad one, or something to that extent. I sell 30-50 a week.. rarely... RARELY have a warranty issue. I don't require a receipt for warranty so there is no reason they wouldn't come back if there was an issue. Really they are a good solid battery for the JK with increased vibration resistance, high CCA and Ah rating, low self-discharge rate and multi mounting options.

Oddessy batteries are better.. yes. The best IMHO. But they are more then double the cost. When you get to an AMG high performance battery its like comparing oranges to oranges. A 10lb bag vs 5lb bag. either way.. you got plenty.

Get the yellow top D34/78. Dual purpose that will hold up better to those times you happen to exceed your charging system limits. Happy jeepin

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No, I have had two fail in the past three years. Me, myself and I. Go with the Sears Diehard Platinum. The Optima are now made in Mexico, go figure.
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I replaced my Red Top after a short left my dome light on and killed it. Never looked until then and the sticker indicated it was 13 years old (98 TJ). Bought a Die Hard Platinum. No trouble and came highly recommended. Then, almost four years ago, I'd read Optima was bought out, made in Mexico and had lots of problems. Can't attest to that one way or the other. I'm sure someone will chime in.
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hi, just go to a wal-mart close to your home and have them or yourself
drop a battery in $79. for 3 years full replacement. No I don't work for them, but the price is right, I have used them and had no problems!
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Heck, I've had my $50 interstate battery in for 8 years without a problem. And, I got a $10 dollar core exchange. The place where I brought it was having a huge sale on them, and I got a really fresh battery. Of course, I've been very careful not to discharge it, even once.
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Optima batteries are great. I have had one for about 6 years with no problem. One thing most people do not know is that 3 or 4 times a year you need too recharge them with a battery charger that is designed too charge an AGM battery for the best battery life. My battery rep told me that and I have always did it. The alternator doesn't have the correct type of power too recharge it totally. I have many friends in the off road world that have had them 10+ years with no issue.
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No. I used to be the biggest optima supporter and had them on all my vehicles, but then their quality started sucking. Go with either a sears diehard platinum or an odyssey if you want the best.
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When Optima moved production their quality went down a lot and fast. Diehard Platinum are rebadged Odyssey batteries, mil spec and the best out there.
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No, because their quality is not as good anymore.

I would get a ODYSSEY...........
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Even though there are only 3-4 actual manufacturer's of batteries in the US, I smell a pot of battery controversy brewing here …
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Even though there are only 3-4 actual manufacturer's of batteries in the US, I smell a pot of battery controversy brewing here …
Just maybe a Battery war...........
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Anyone telling you to just drop a cheap discount-store battery into your Jeep doesn't realize the advantage of a deep-cycle battery like the Optima Yellowtop. Discharge a regular battery once or twice and you have seriously damaged it. Deep-cycle batteries are designed to be discharged as much as 80% again and again. If you have a winch or run accessories like a fridge, stereo, lights, etc., when the engine is off, you would be smart to get a deep-cycle battery.

I had dual Optima Yellowtops in my '03 Rubicon and had one fail after about 5 years. I've read quite a few bad things about the newer Optimas. That is why I chose Odyssey batteries for my recent dual-battery install on the JK. Yes, they are expensive, but they are the best...on or off-road. Sears DieHard Platinum used to be the same for less $$, but they may not be the same anymore...haven't verified that though.
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Even though there are only 3-4 actual manufacturer's of batteries in the US, I smell a pot of battery controversy brewing here …
FYI - Optima batteries are made in Mexico now and the consensus is that they are not nearly as good as they used to be due to quality control issues. (Lower quality lead, use of more recycled lead)
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Anyone telling you to just drop a $79 battery into your Jeep doesn't realize the advantage of a deep-cycle battery like the Optima Yellowtop. Discharge a regular battery once or twice and you have seriously damaged it. Deep-cycle batteries are designed to be discharged as much as 80% again and again. If you have a winch or run accessories like a fridge, stereo, lights, etc., when the engine is off, you would be smart to get a deep-cycle battery.

I had dual Optima Yellowtops in my '03 Rubicon and had one fail after about 5 years. I've read quite a few bad things about the newer Optimas. That is why I chose Odyssey batteries for my recent dual-battery install on the JK. Yes, they are expensive, but they are the best...on or off-road. Sears DieHard Platinum used to be the same for less $$, but they may not be the same anymore...haven't verified that though.
I also am a fan of the Odyssey batteries. Never heard of one going bad. They are in wide use in the military, and are truly first quality.

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Even though there are only 3-4 actual manufacturer's of batteries in the US, I smell a pot of battery controversy brewing here …
Not on batteries. Most of the peeps in this thread have used optimas, and unanimously agree that they are not what they used to be. The top dogs today are the Sears platinums and Odysseys. The thing I like about sears units is that IF there is ever a problem, they are easy to warranty swap around the US.
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Not on batteries. Most of the peeps in this thread have used optimas, and unanimously agree that they are not what they used to be. The top dogs today are the Sears platinums and Odysseys. The thing I like about sears units is that IF there is ever a problem, they are easy to warranty swap around the US.
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Not on batteries. Most of the peeps in this thread have used optimas, and unanimously agree that they are not what they used to be. .
Not true. Only SteedGun stated that 2 batteries failed in the "past 3 years."

flyfishnevada had to get a new battery due to a short and draining the battery beyond repair. Any battery drained down to zero will need to be replaced. Even the vaulted Odyssey.

The rest of the negative posts allude to a quality issue since moving production to Mexico. But in all of those posts, no one stated that they purchased one of those Mexico made batteries. No one.

If any of you have purchased one of the Optima batteries made in Mexico and it failed prematurely, then please state that fact. Until then, I will assume that all of these statements about poor quality is just being repeated because someone in the past "read it on the internet."

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I appreciate the feedback very much. I have never skimped when it comes to batteries and have used Gold diehards in the past. We run various batteries in all our company trucks but never the cheap ones. Want to make sure the Jeep has the best I can get simply because of the places we have been going (the boonies). Never owned an optima and at this point may not.
Again thanks for the feedback!

PS.. did not realize batteries could be nearly as controversial as oil.
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Not true. Only SteedGun stated that 2 batteries failed in the "past 3 years."

flyfishnevada had to get a new battery due to a short and draining the battery beyond repair. Any battery drained down to zero will need to be replaced. Even the vaulted Odyssey.

The rest of the negative posts allude to a quality issue since moving production to Mexico. But in all of those posts, no one stated that they purchased one of those Mexico made batteries. No one.

If any of you have purchased one of the Optima batteries made in Mexico and it failed prematurely, then please state that fact. Until then, I will assume that all of these statements about poor quality is just being repeated because someone in the past "read it on the internet."

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How about 76 batteries? Does that qualify as experience? We had a group buy on the s2000 forum for a D51R yellow top....77 members bought the battery...I was the ONLY PERSON that made it past 1 year, and it finally died after 18 months. I replaced it again, and it's been working ever since, but my s2000 is driven 500 miles a year and the rest of the time the car is parked in the garage, plugged into a trickle charger. The other 76 members got screwed by Optima, and bought batteries of other various makes.

P.S. Im also not sure if you realize that deep cycle batteries are meant to be run down...I used to run down optimas to zero all the time, with no issues. I will not give them business again after they didn't stand behind their product (which BTW, they apparently knew was defective, but they still blamed all of us for "user error.")

Just google "optima batteries failing" and read about em...almost every forum has a heap of people going through batteries like socks.

Also, Optimas aren't exactly cheap...so why not spend the same money on something proven, like the sears or the odyssey? Seems like simple economics 101.
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Not true. Only SteedGun stated that 2 batteries failed in the "past 3 years."

flyfishnevada had to get a new battery due to a short and draining the battery beyond repair. Any battery drained down to zero will need to be replaced. Even the vaulted Odyssey.

The rest of the negative posts allude to a quality issue since moving production to Mexico. But in all of those posts, no one stated that they purchased one of those Mexico made batteries. No one.

If any of you have purchased one of the Optima batteries made in Mexico and it failed prematurely, then please state that fact. Until then, I will assume that all of these statements about poor quality is just being repeated because someone in the past "read it on the internet."

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Both of my red tops were made in Mexico. Both failed. I was stunned as I had one on my Cherokee for over five years with no issues but that was a US built Optima. The Optima rep was nasty to deal with on my first replacement, my second one went as core for a DH!

Save yourself some grief, buy one of the other top recommended batteries. I am now going with Diehard Platinum in all my cars.
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Any battery drained down to zero will need to be replaced. Even the vaulted Odyssey.
Odyssey batteries can be run down, maybe not to zero but low enough that you get no lights in the dash, and recharged with the Odyssey specific battery charger (Ultimizer). I have personally seen it a number of times, and on an 8 year old Odyssey that had been in three different cars I owned- the last car was one that did not get driven often

That said, it is better to use the Ultimizer charger as a continuous float charger on batteries that do not get used often.

http://www.odysseybattery.com/docume...1_0411_000.pdf
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Both of my red tops were made in Mexico. Both failed. I was stunned as I had one on my Cherokee for over five years with no issues but that was a US built Optima. The Optima rep was nasty to deal with on my first replacement, my second one went as core for a DH!

Save yourself some grief, buy one of the other top recommended batteries. I am now going with Diehard Platinum in all my cars.
My first yellow top (USA made) lasted close to 6 years (then I sold the car) but Im sure it kept on going, since it showed no signs of getting tired. My dad's red top lasted around 6 years, then we sold the car. I used to swear by Optimas, and wouldn't even CONSIDER trying anything else....trust me, Im pissed that I cant trust them anymore, they used to be bulletproof.
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I had an optima yellow top in my TJ when I sold it. I bought it about two years ago. I had a mild stereo system hooked to it and my Warn 9.5cti and never had any issues. I even left my lights on once from 7:00am until 4:30 pm and when I got in and turned the key it started right up without hesitation. I would buy another one I think even after reading the people here saying they aren't what they used to be.
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My first yellow top (USA made) lasted close to 6 years (then I sold the car) but Im sure it kept on going, since it showed no signs of getting tired. My dad's red top lasted around 6 years, then we sold the car. I used to swear by Optimas, and wouldn't even CONSIDER trying anything else....trust me, Im pissed that I cant trust them anymore, they used to be bulletproof.
Amen, I feel your pain. I was an Optima freak until my two time flame out.
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I'd get a good AGM battery from a national supplier...Autozone, Sears, etc.

Red top is AGM...and great marketing. I was using them for years but heard about the recent decline...went with this (got a great deal...35% or so off) about 3 months ago:

Autocraft Platinum AGM Battery, Group Size H6, 760 CCA

It is one of many made in the same place. Had a good warranty too. Most of the AGM's do. Fit into a tight spot.


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My optima red top is almost two years old, no problems so far

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My optima red top is almost two years old, no problems so far

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Good to hear and I hope that battery stays under you for years. My first one died around the two year mark, the second one went within 9 months so you might have a good one.
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I plan on getting a Red Top... Let you know how it works out.


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