|03-30-2012 12:16 PM|
I too wanted a Diehard Platinum 4 but the budget wasn't there.
I went with an O'Reillys Super Start Extreme AGM 34/78 battery.
Super Start 34/78EXTAGM - Automotive AGM Battery | O'Reilly Auto Parts
It may have a slightly shorter free replacement (36 month) warranty and 84 month proration, but it is made by East Penn and Johnson Controls.
I put it in and the Jeep started up faster than it ever did. With radio/amps/subs going, no light diminishing like my previous battery did.
So far, I feel pretty comfortable with it, but I can report back in a while if people are interested.
|03-30-2012 11:25 AM|
I work part time at an auto parts store. We sell our brand and Optimas.
Just for info, the Optimas sell so poorly, we had em marked down to 50% off for a month to try and get them to move. Prominent display rack with 50% mark down on it.
Didn't sell a one.
We don't even display em anymore, rack in the back holds reds, blues, and yellows, all gathering dust.
|03-30-2012 10:33 AM|
|dcmtex||Well, I wish I had seen this before buying the optima but since I didn't and for the price I paid I will have to ride the horse I climbed on. Wish me luck|
|03-16-2012 04:58 PM|
|TexasT||I will never again have anything but a Platinum. Worth every dollar and the warranty is awesome (though I've never had to use it).|
|03-16-2012 03:36 PM|
|3025826||Can't emphasize the diehard platinum enough. So happy with mine, running 3 different audio amplifiers one which used to dim the crap out of my lights when volume turned up, even w a capacitor! Now they do not dim at all, and I've barely seen my voltage drop! I've used a winch with my jeep off, battery voltage didn't even hardly drop and it started right up. Diehard platinum = thumbs ups|
|03-15-2012 02:12 PM|
|03-14-2012 12:03 PM|
|kwn306||Never had an issue with a Optima, installed one in the John Deere desiel tractor 7 years ago, it sits in the barn most of the time, we haven't had any snow this year and I went to start it this past Saturday and it fired right up, last time it was started before that was last August.|
|03-14-2012 11:33 AM|
|Border Dave||I've had great luck with my red top Optima, but the manufacture date is 06/06 and it says made in Aurora, CO on it. The factory battery in my wife's Chevy Trailblazer died a year ago, but knowing that the Optimas are now Mexican junk, I went to Sears and bought the Diehard Platinum. We couldn't be happier with it. It has a MUCH better warranty than any Optima.|
|03-13-2012 07:18 PM|
|03-13-2012 06:51 PM|
|calrain07||Alright so pretty much 80% sure I'm going to get that P4. Anybody think that I should just keep running my stock battery(had it since 2009) until it dies out or should I just go ahead and switch over now?|
|03-13-2012 05:25 PM|
Diehard Platinum on the left, Optima on the right.
|03-13-2012 03:39 PM|
|fan of fanboys||I use a Interstate Mega-Tron II. I actually ran it in a 1994 Bronco for about 18 months then moved over to my TJ. Barely fits in, had to go in at a sharp angle. But so far 0 issues. But I don't run anything extra on it.|
|03-13-2012 03:38 PM|
|Razorcat||Well, I can procrastinate at times......This forum needs a "swift kick in the butt" smily to motivate.|
|03-13-2012 03:34 PM|
|CoyoteOn2||Well then ~~~ Here's your FINAL PUSH for the P4|
|03-13-2012 02:49 PM|
|Razorcat||Well, this thread is right on time. I was looking at buying a new battery, probably this weekend. I was debating between the optima and the diehard platinum. I've read several not so flattering reviews on the optimas, so was already leaning toward the diehard. This nudges me further in that direction.|
|03-13-2012 12:47 PM|
|03-13-2012 12:31 PM|
I've had to winch my TJ off the trail three times on battery power alone when various failures (ignition coil, steering box, fuel pump) prevented me from starting the engine. And after fixing things so I could start the engine, I was able to do so on the battery by itself... no jump start was required.
Not that I recommend running the winch on just the battery, I absolutely don't. I'm just saying that a good heavy duty battery by itself will run a winch for far longer than many would suspect. The AH (amp-hour) rating of a battery will confirm that.
|03-13-2012 12:10 PM|
|NHrubicon||You shouldn't be running the winch off the battery-that will kill anything. Get a manual throttle control, put the jeep in neutral and hold the brakes down-rev the engine up to 1500 rpm or more and then run the winch. You'll know right off if you need more rpm-the winch won't pull hard. That's how I was taught at jeep jamborees to do it and I have the same battery I put in my rubicon since 2005! I think it's the Autozone Duralast yellow. Before I had the hand throttle put in I was constantly draining the battery and stalling the engine out.|
|03-13-2012 11:58 AM|
|crallscars||Is there a way to add a second battery on the drivers side and run 2 batteries?|
|03-13-2012 11:10 AM|
|03-12-2012 11:41 PM|
|03-12-2012 09:25 PM|
|03-12-2012 06:14 PM|
|calrain07||I think I've decided on dishing out the money and buying the platinum 4. Had like 4 people tell me today that its better to spend the money once. Thanks everybody, been great help!|
|03-12-2012 12:38 PM|
|G-Rocc||I will offer you some advice, from my own failure of course. One thing that you really don't want to fail when you need it us a winch. I killed my battery two times this winter when trying to winch an idiot out of the snow on a trail he never should have been on with bald tires. It was the first time having to use my winch and I thought my standard battery would be fine but it wasn't. Needless to say pony up the cash on those necessary upgrades. I just put in the P4 and it is awesome. I have no complaints now. Don't get in the same situation I was in.|
|03-12-2012 12:00 PM|
|Badass_TJ||Im going to buy my diehard platinum this week when i get my bonus check from work.......ive done tons of research and that seems to be the way to go.. im running a red top optima right now, its good for starting the jeep, but the winch kills it as soon as i hit the button..the optima is all so dated 2007, so its probably due.....|
|03-12-2012 11:53 AM|
|SirGeorgeKillian||I recommend a tender no matter what you use. I have one mounted under the hood, just plug an extension cord up and let it go....|
|03-12-2012 11:43 AM|
|3025826||Diehard platinums the way to go! I just put one in my jeep and holy crap it will start that baby up now, not to mention the amount of power it can put out over extended periods of time! Go to the website, watch the videos, and then go buy one. They are just as good if not better than $400 odesseys. You won't regret it.|
|03-12-2012 11:30 AM|
|calrain07||Yeah that's what I see around too. Most of the information that says optima is good is from like 2009. I had a red top in my silverado before but I think I got it before they got bought out. I'm figuring that a good battery with >650 cranking amps would be fine to keep the winch going with the car on|
|03-12-2012 09:03 AM|
|s3nt3nc3d||Most complaints are premature failures within a year or two...I'm assuming no longer holding a charge.|
|03-12-2012 08:55 AM|
|Mudweiser||Ive heard something to the extent of Optimas being iffy now. Been runnin them for almost 20 years now. Red tops in my wife's cars and trucks, dual yellows in my trucks, Jeep has always had yellows. And my boats i run blues. Ive only had one fail in all those years, other then the standard 8-10 year replacement. My truck runs 4 subs, aux lightning, 12k winch, and whatever other doo dads i stick on it with no problem. My current 06 wrangler i have a yellow in. What is the low down with the problems or whatever people are having with them now? Local battery warehouse i deal with says theres no new issues with them, and their main seller is the Odyssey batteries. Just curious as to whats going on with them.|
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