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Old 09-17-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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Which battery?

I have a 2005 LJ that I picked up a month ago. I just purchased an Engo 10000lb winch that I will be installing when my bumper arrives. The jeep has a walmart battery that is over 3years old. I am planning on replacing it before winter. What battery does everyone have good luck with that can handle the extra demands of the winch? Thanks.

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A lot of people use Optima yellows.

However I keep it old school and use the walmart battery thats about 5 years old with an 8k winch, no problems yet.

I'll probably go to an optima when this one gives up

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Diehard Platnum 78/34 group. Dual post. Can pick them up at any Sears.

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Old 09-17-2011, 11:37 PM   #4
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I would bet 3 to 1 that your Wally world battery will do just fine for another year or two. Run what you brung man. If it aint broke don't fix it. I don't care what winch you got just winch away and keep that motor running and you will be fine.
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Optima red top here... but thats only because i killed my dealership battery bc of my multifunction switch kicking my bumper lights on...
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A lot of people use Optima yellows.

However I keep it old school and use the walmart battery thats about 5 years old with an 8k winch, no problems yet.

I'll probably go to an optima when this one gives up
A lot of people USED to use Optima Yellow Top and Blue Top batteries but not so much since their quality went into the toilet (my personal opinion). That happened after Optima was purchased by Johnson Controls and they moved their manufacturing out of the U.S. and into Mexico to cut manufacturing costs. After three prematurely failed Optima batteries, two Yellow Tops and one Blue Top, never again.

It'll be another Diehard Platinum for me for my next battery.
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Diehard Platnum 78/34 group. Dual post. Can pick them up at any Sears.

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Totally agree with the Diehard..... worth the investment.
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A lot of people USED to use Optima Yellow Top and Blue Top batteries but not so much since their quality went into the toilet (my personal opinion). That happened after Optima was purchased by Johnson Controls and they moved their manufacturing out of the U.S. and into Mexico to cut manufacturing costs. After three prematurely failed Optima batteries, two Yellow Tops and one Blue Top, never again.

It'll be another Diehard Platinum for me for my next battery.
Completely agree,, the stock redtop from our KJ CRD, is now a spare trail battery, and we use the Optima platinums in both our jeeps.. The Optima is made by Odyssey.. Nuff said eh ?
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Completely agree,, the stock redtop from our KJ CRD, is now a spare trail battery, and we use the Optima platinums in both our jeeps.. The Optima is made by Odyssey.. Nuff said eh ?
oops... replace *Optima* with *DieHard*!!!
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the longest lasting battery i've ever owned was an 03 OEM battery from Nissan.....just replaced last fall 2010.
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oops... replace *Optima* with *DieHard*!!!
Oops,, early AM. before coffee !
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Stay away from the Optima yellow and blue top batteries, the red top one works well. I don't know if it's still being made, but the car stereo shop I used to work at had to many failure rates and warranty claims against the Optima yellow and blue tops, so we switched from selling those to the Deka Intimidator battery, and never had a single warranty using them. We only had a couple off warranty problems with the red top Optima batteries in about 5 years.
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I've had my optima red top for a couple years now and my Jeep is the second vehicle it's been in. The first was my 450 hp chevy pickup and I left my electric fans on several times for an hour or so and never had a problem starting and I've let my Jeep sit for a couple weeks and I didn't realize that my interior lights were on and started right up. I LOVE my Optima.
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A lot of people USED to use Optima Yellow Top and Blue Top batteries but not so much since their quality went into the toilet (my personal opinion). That happened after Optima was purchased by Johnson Controls and they moved their manufacturing out of the U.S. and into Mexico to cut manufacturing costs. After three prematurely failed Optima batteries, two Yellow Tops and one Blue Top, never again.

It'll be another Diehard Platinum for me for my next battery.
Yeah we purchase a lot of the Optima batteries for our up-armored vehicles here in the Middle East. They have really gone downhill quality wise. They are liked for their gel technology and ability to take the severe use versus a wet battery. I personally wouldn't run one in my own vehicle.

Diehard is the way to go, they make a great battery. I always liked Interstate but have heard their quality has gone downhill, but only know that from talk and not having actually seen evidence myself.
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I know that everybody has their opinions about optima batteries. But not all agree. Ive had mine for a little over two years and it has never let me down. Left the lights on over night and still fired right up. Jumped several other vehicles with no problem and starts every time in the winter even in the single digits. To each their own but im an optima man!
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Just so it's clear, none of the batteries we talk about for our Jeeps are gel cell technology. Not Optima, not Diehard Platinum, none of the batteries we use in our Jeeps use anything but conventional lead-acid technology. Specialized AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries like the Optima, Diehard Platinum, Exide Orbital, etc. differ in that they don't have liquid acid inside but they still have acid, it is just in a non-spillable paste form that is soaked into a fiberglass material which is sandwiched in between layers of lead. They use a solid construction so they are better able to withstand shock and vibration as opposed to a conventional battery with the lead suspended in liquid acid.

Gel cell batteries aren't really suitable for most vehicles, they need special charging systems and they can't handle high charging currents. Nor can they provide much current for things like winching or starting big engines. I don't know of any conventional cars or trucks that run gel cell batteries, only a few very small eco-cars run gel cell batteries.

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