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Vendafreddo11 01-18-2012 08:06 PM

Battery
 
I'm looking into getting a new battery since once a month my jeep decides it doesn't want to start. I like optimas but they are a little pricey. Any thought? Btw I'm new to the forum.

kbwwolf 01-18-2012 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Vendafreddo11 (Post 1935782)
I'm looking into getting a new battery since once a month my jeep decides it doesn't want to start. I like optimas but they are a little pricey. Any thought? Btw I'm new to the forum.

I've heard good things about the Optima yellow tops. Also, I'm pretty sure Jimbox uses a blue top as a spare when he's on the road or camping. Something like that.

Wait a tic (Austin Powers quote)...

Okay, here's a link:

Stock Battery

Welcome to WF! :thumb:

Barmanvarn 01-18-2012 08:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vendafreddo11
I'm looking into getting a new battery since once a month my jeep decides it doesn't want to start. I like optimas but they are a little pricey. Any thought? Btw I'm new to the forum.

Welcome!

Gotta ask: have you verified the issue is your battery?

kjeeper10 01-18-2012 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Barmanvarn

Welcome!

Gotta ask: have you verified the issue is your battery?

X26

That issue is brought up a lot. Well not recently.

Sensor issue. Forget which one :)

And welcome :punk:

JIMBOX 01-18-2012 09:10 PM

:D Overland Journal, which is a pretty well known off-road/expedition magazine, did a test of the top six vehicle batterys, in the Fall of 2010 and


Quote:

Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1935855)
I've heard good things about the Optima yellow tops. Also, I'm pretty sure Jimbox uses a blue top as a spare when he's on the road or camping. Something like that.

Wait a tic (Austin Powers quote)...

Okay, here's a link:

Stock Battery

Welcome to WF! :thumb:

Heh Heh, thanks kbw--I use it mainly for my fishing boat, but it's a dropin for the jeeps battery--shouldit fail--

Now The OJ, thru very exhaustive tests votes for the Sears "Diehard" P4, as the BEST all around and DEKA was second, while Optima ranked third-

Now I still have my original ('08JKUR) battery/ with no signs of fatigue, but-

My next battery(if I don't use the bluetop Optima) will be a sears "Diehard" P4--it also comes with a 4 yr replacement warranty (did)--

This journal tests everything we use, tents/recovery gear/winchs/tires/wheels/coolers/gas/water cans--including the jeep JKU for overlanding--I've hada subscription for over 6 years and will keep it in the future, it's quite a mag. with unbelieveable photos, of off-road vehicles in some impassable spots--then they show how to improvise and MAKEIT (McGyver)---:rofl:

Smokemifyougotem

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

kbwwolf 01-18-2012 09:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 1936087)
:D Overland Journal, which is a pretty well known off-road/expedition magazine, did a test of the top six vehicle batterys, in the Fall of 2010 and

Heh Heh, thanks kbw--I use it mainly for my fishing boat, but it's a dropin for the jeeps battery--shouldit fail--

Now The OJ, thru very exhaustive tests votes for the Sears "Diehard" P4, as the BEST all around and DEKA was second, while Optima ranked third-

Now I still have my original ('08JKUR) battery/ with no signs of fatigue, but-

My next battery(if I don't use the bluetop Optima) will be a sears "Diehard" P4--it also comes with a 4 yr replacement warranty (did)--

This journal tests everything we use, tents/recovery gear/winchs/tires/wheels/coolers/gas/water cans--including the jeep JKU for overlanding--I've hada subscription for over 6 years and will keep it in the future, it's quite a mag. with unbelieveable photos, of off-road vehicles in some impassable spots--then they show how to improvise and MAKEIT (McGyver)---:rofl:

Smokemifyougotem

:dance::rofl: JIMBO


Great info...thank you sir.

You know I keep notes on all this stuff, don't you? Yup, you guessed it, beneath my formal, ho-hum exterior, I'm really just a knowledge geek. :D

JIMBOX 01-18-2012 09:37 PM

:flowers: heh Heh, I was kinda suspectum--

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Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1936131)
Great info...thank you sir.

You know I keep notes on all this stuff, don't you? Yup, you guessed it, beneath my formal, ho-hum exterior, I'm really just a knowledge geek. :D

I think MTH doesit also/w favorites/folders/my computer doc's-

I'm getting AT&T to activate my "Sierra Wireless Air Card" tomorrow, so instead of using Delorme topo maps(GPS), I can also use Google Earth--man it's just like Christmas !

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Radioman 01-18-2012 09:56 PM

I assume you know that you must be within a cell site's coverage area for the air card to work.

Hilldweller 01-19-2012 04:17 AM

I'm a fan of OJ but some of their test methodology is sometimes, errrr, flawed. They only have one real science guy (and he's brilliant).

But anyhoo, Optimas are great batteries but not the only battery. Different methods of building them make them better suited for different tasks.
I happen to think the Yellowtop is about the best for a Jeep battery. From what I've read, some branches of the US military agree with me.

If you join Powerpack Nation you can order the batteries directly from the factory to your door and get them at a discount.
I got my pair from the factory so that they'd be matched by build date.

MrSig 01-19-2012 04:25 AM

I love my Yellow top! Has not let me down yet! And I run a lot of stuff!
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kbwwolf 01-19-2012 04:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Hilldweller (Post 1936879)
I'm a fan of OJ but some of their test methodology is sometimes, errrr, flawed. They only have one real science guy (and he's brilliant).

But anyhoo, Optimas are great batteries but not the only battery. Different methods of building them make them better suited for different tasks.
I happen to think the Yellowtop is about the best for a Jeep battery. From what I've read, some branches of the US military agree with me.

If you join Powerpack Nation you can order the batteries directly from the factory to your door and get them at a discount.
I got my pair from the factory so that they'd be matched by build date.


More knowledge for the notebook. And on multiple levels. All I can say is...:D

I must admit that my notebook is mostly in my head. Nevertheless, the pen register leaves a lasting impression...

Thanks for the kibble.

denisbaldwin 01-19-2012 05:45 AM

I've ran Optima Yellow Tops in previous vehicles and always liked them. As you said, cost is an issue.

I find my cheapie Everlast battery from Walmart or Autozone does just fine in the Jeep. As I recall, the last one I bought was only like $60.

kjeeper10 01-19-2012 05:47 AM

Auto/man?

From another forum --

"if it's an auto, try putting in neutral or taking out of park and firmly putting back into park. some the 07s and 08s sometimes don't make the switch that indicates park position. if it's a manual, then battery, starter, connections, switch. may even be the way you hold your mouth. it's a JK, problem solving is anybodies guess."

JIMBOX 01-19-2012 08:24 AM

:D Yeah, but It should cover most of the West coast and Sierras and-


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Originally Posted by Radioman (Post 1936243)
I assume you know that you must be within a cell site's coverage area for the air card to work.

If I hit "dead" zones on the mountain top, I can use my Delorme files for terrain and GPS

My main attraction to AT&T, is years of association and there Nevada coverage-

I've read good reports on the Sierra wireless aircard-

Which are you using and have you had any trouble ??

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Daniel_M 01-19-2012 09:21 AM

I would say an Odyssey battery as Optima's have been declining in quality. The Die Hard Platinum that Jimbo mentioned is made by Odyssey but branded for Sears.

-Dan

JIMBOX 01-19-2012 09:30 AM

:D Yeah DM, the OJ mentioned that a couple years ago, I wonder if it's still the case-?


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Originally Posted by Daniel_M (Post 1937365)
I would say an Odyssey battery as Optima's have been declining in quality. The Die Hard Platinum that Jimbo mentioned is made by Odyssey but branded for Sears.

-Dan

A good practice for lead-acid battery longivity, is to always maintain the DISTILLED water level and use a battery maintener when the jeep isn't being used--course if you driveit every day--moot point !

Keepyerpowderdry

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Revyjku08 01-19-2012 10:22 AM

I went with an optima yellow top as I couldn't leave the autoparts shop for the price! Other top names for batteries: Oddessy or Diehard Platinum and Northstar.

Vendafreddo11 01-19-2012 03:47 PM

Thank you all for the input, so responsive I love it. I hope you all have a great weekend.

RedBones 01-19-2012 05:13 PM

tag. :wavey:

willee51 01-19-2012 06:06 PM

Damn........
 
.. if the Wolfman, Jimbo and HD (the Lightman) keep posting great info, I am going to have to upgrade my laptop memory to a few Tetrabite :thumb::rofl:

JIMBOX 01-19-2012 07:02 PM

:D What the hey, willee, I wouldn't sue you for copyright infringement, if you made some CDs/Sandisk's--


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Originally Posted by willee51 (Post 1938824)
.. if the Wolfman, Jimbo and HD (the Lightman) keep posting great info, I am going to have to upgrade my laptop memory to a few Tetrabite :thumb::rofl:

Nobody in their right minds would believe us anyway !!

Don't tellem you heardit from me !:rofl:

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

kbwwolf 01-19-2012 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by willee51 (Post 1938824)
.. if the Wolfman, Jimbo and HD (the Lightman) keep posting great info, I am going to have to upgrade my laptop memory to a few Tetrabite :thumb::rofl:

Quote:

Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 1939045)
:D What the hey, willee, I wouldn't sue you for copyright infringement, if you made some CDs/Sandisk's--
Nobody in their right minds would believe us anyway !!
Don't tellem you heardit from me !:rofl:
:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Just make sure that in the credits my name comes BEFORE Jimbo's and Hilldweller's. My agent demands it!

kbwwolf 01-19-2012 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 1939045)
Nobody in their right minds would believe us anyway !!
JIMBO

He's right.

Can you imagine trying to justify all the things we do for our Jeeps to a psychoanalyst?

Can you say, straitjacket?

Have to take em for a ride, no doors, no roof, to convince em. :D

JIMBOX 01-19-2012 07:20 PM

:whistling: I knewit-

That reminds me, I just gotta "HEART" royal flush in one of my little town Casinos--$800 bucks and this is the first Royal in Heart, I've ever gotten (28 royals)--

A mere $800 bucks--I should probably donateit to a worthy cause !

TOO LATE--I gaveit to me !:rofl:

Keepyerpowderdry

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

kbwwolf 01-19-2012 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 1939137)
:whistling: I knewit-

That reminds me, I just gotta "HEART" royal flush in one of my little town Casinos--$800 bucks and this is the first Royal in Heart, I've ever gotten (28 royals)--

A mere $800 bucks--I should probably donateit to a worthy cause !

TOO LATE--I gaveit to me !:rofl:

Keepyerpowderdry

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

How Jeepers think:

Man, I just won a new set of rims!

:D

Congrats, JB.

Vendafreddo11 01-23-2012 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barmanvarn

Welcome!

Gotta ask: have you verified the issue is your battery?

So my battery tested fine, now what?

3JKs1H1 01-23-2012 03:20 PM

alternator, belt, parasitic draw. Those are a few.

Parasitic draw is analogous to leaving your dome light on. If it stays on, it will kill the battery. A vanity mirror light that stays on because of a broken visor hinge (happened to me) will cause a parasitic draw.
As will an aftermarket radio, a TIPM that won't go to sleep, etc.

You can google and test this with a multimeter or a snap-on MT500, etc. A tiny draw is normal, but 0.1 amps or greater signals a draw. In the old days you could pull fuses until you found the circuit, a bit harder on a TIPM equipped vehicle.

The alternator can be (reasonably) tested by Autozone.

Vendafreddo11 01-27-2012 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by MrSig
I love my Yellow top! Has not let me down yet! And I run a lot of stuff!

Where did you get that external fuse box, I need that I have too much stuff connected directly to my battery?

kjeeper10 01-27-2012 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barmanvarn

Welcome!

Gotta ask: have you verified the issue is your battery?

Quote:

Originally Posted by kjeeper10

X26

That issue is brought up a lot. Well not recently.

Sensor issue. Forget which one :)

And welcome :punk:

:whistling:


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