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justin4by4 10-12-2013 01:35 AM

Need a new battery
 
So I need a new battery for my tj since It wasn't starting without a jump the other day.

I just bought her last week so she's fairly stock now. I eventually want to get some off road lights and maybe a winch.

I really just want to be able to play music with the engine off and not have to sweat about my battery dying on me. Will the diehard platinum that everyone raves about allow me to do this? Their like 200 bucks so before I dish that kinda cash out I want to make sure. How long could I leave the stereo on for?

Do I really need that nice of a battery? I'm not going to do any crazy big mods on the 97 tj

Lando25 10-12-2013 01:52 AM

It would take hours for the radio to drain an average healthy battery. This also depends on the complexity of your sound system as a more elaborate system with a thirsty amp won't last as long as a stock system.

jeepwayoflife 10-12-2013 01:55 AM

I would go with the platinum, yes. I have it and have left the lights and music on for hours while fishing or camping with no problems. I also have an amp running a subwoofer.

Dextreme 10-12-2013 02:07 AM

I have it as well and super glad I bought it. Takes a ton of worries/paranoia off. Great battery!!!!

:awesome:

UnlimitedRubicon 10-12-2013 06:41 AM

Diehard Platinum










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Goobs63 10-12-2013 09:33 AM

Do you guys buy the one specific for the jeep or is there like a universal one that works the best?

IADave 10-12-2013 09:39 AM

Interstate all way. The new AGM line is expensive but is built for starting and deep cycle use.

1rbotma 10-12-2013 09:48 AM

I have the diehard battery and I go to the drive in movie theatre and watch two full movies without starting my jeep.

Jerry Bransford 10-12-2013 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Goobs63 (Post 5304553)
Do you guys buy the one specific for the jeep or is there like a universal one that works the best?

X4 for the Diehard Platinum. The size you want is the P4, also known as the 34-78DT in some of the Sears books. That's a superb battery, especially for offroading with a winch.

Owen_TJ 10-12-2013 12:02 PM

X5 for the P4...same as i've got in mine.

Tdog02 10-12-2013 12:52 PM

your jeep wont run without a battery, its a key component. I bought the diehard platinum for my jeep, it pinched the wallet a little but solved a huge issue for a long time to come. I believe the AGM is the best way to go for your battery needs. Buy quality and only buy once.

T2000J 10-12-2013 02:04 PM

Yes the p4 is all it's cracked up to be well worth the money good battery .

Madden 10-12-2013 02:08 PM

I just bought the Duralast Platinum from Auto Zone and it has very similar specs to the DieHard Platinum but for half the cost. Haven't had any issues so far, and was able to run the radio for an easy 3 hours without it dying or having any trouble turning over when I went to start it

justin4by4 10-12-2013 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Madden (Post 5309433)
I just bought the Duralast Platinum from Auto Zone and it has very similar specs to the DieHard Platinum but for half the cost. Haven't had any issues so far, and was able to run the radio for an easy 3 hours without it dying or having any trouble turning over when I went to start it


Can it handle a winch and off road lights?

Jerry Bransford 10-12-2013 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by justin4by4 (Post 5309513)
Can it handle a winch and off road lights?

Yes. I'm not necessarily saying the Autozone Duralast Platinum has the same quality or longevity as the Diehard Platinum (or Odyssey who also makes the DH Platinum), but it can definitely handle a winch & offroad lights.

Using the now less reliable (in my personal opinion) Optima AGM battery line as a good example, it's easy to see that not all AGM batteries are created equally or have great quality.

Madden 10-12-2013 02:19 PM

I run 2 spotter lights and a winch and haven't had any issues so far. I came from an Optima Red Top that crapped out on after one deep cycle though so definitely stay away from it.

Here's the link to the Duralast Platinum though, link

doclouie 10-12-2013 06:08 PM

I also run the Duralast Platinum and it has been a good battery. I usually get like 4.5 years out of them. Remember if you do not get an acid flooded battery to unplug the temp sensor under the battery.

Jerry Bransford 10-12-2013 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by doclouie (Post 5313449)
... Remember if you do not get an acid flooded battery to unplug the temp sensor under the battery.

Why? I don't see why you'd need to do that with an AGM (non-wet acid) battery, I certainly never have and I haven't run anything but an AGM for the past 14-15 years. :)

justin4by4 10-13-2013 12:49 PM

I'm going to go with a diehard platinum.

So its safe to leave music on for 2 or so hours without worrying about needing a jump? Im using some basic speakers on the roof of the wrangler.

Jerry Bransford 10-13-2013 12:54 PM

A boombox with D-cell batteries will play for days... you don't think a big Group 34 battery can outlast that by a significant margin? :)

justin4by4 10-13-2013 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 5329625)
A boombox with D-cell batteries will play for days... you don't think a big Group 34 battery can outlast that by a significant margin? :)

Good point. :iamhappy:

JRoweMDN 10-13-2013 02:20 PM

I have the Diehard Platinum in my Jeep and my son has played my stereo at the beach for at least 4 hours and I have 2 300w Fosgate amps to push. No lag when restarting after leaving the headlights and fogs burning for 2 hours while working on another truck. I was always a fan of interstate but after switching to Odyssey in my boat I never looked back. The Diehard is definitely cheaper than Odyssey for the same product.

PositronicReflex 10-13-2013 02:33 PM

I've got a diehard platinum in my vette at the moment. First DHP went dead within a couple months, but I took it back to sears and got a free replacement. No problems since. They seem a bit heavier than a standard Batt , but seem to work good. I'll probably go with same kind in the jeep when its time for one.

Pmcmvp 10-13-2013 03:54 PM

Costco battery, no issues


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