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Old 09-14-2005
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Red Top battery

Well my battery quit today. So I think I am gonna go out and buy a red top battery. I think that 5 years from the stock battery is pretty good and I expect to get close to that from the red top even with my sub. I am kinda excited because this is something I wanted to do anyway and now I have to so I might as well.

I was kinda curious if anyone ever had a problem with these batteries. I have never heard of problems but I was just wondering. Thanks, Luke
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I have had an Optima red top in my truck for the past 3 years.It is great!It has worked flawlessly.My factory battery lasted 80,000 miles and I only replaced it because it was leaking acid from around the terminals.Don't have to worry about that with the red top.
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i have thought about gettin one...whats the differnce in the yellow top and the red top?
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the yellow is a true deep cycle battery. The red top is somewhat but not like the yellow. Unless you are running a winch, plow, or a lot of high powered stuff the red top is just a good investment.
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personally, the red tops are the better battery to get for most anyone's daily driver.

we have one on the f250, now.. gonna put the other one in, when i get the new h.o. alternator..
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i have a red top.its never let me down.
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I've replaced two yellow tops in the past month. The first one I replaced because it just died. All of a sudden, it would charge and deliver voltage but no amerage. Of course, this was the D51 which is smaller than the normal batteries and I probably overused it. The one that replaced it had a bad terminal and the positive post actually broke off. I replaced that one with the 34 (I think) and have had no problems.
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While the Optima gelcel batteries are warranteed.... they are only warranteed for FULL replacement for 24 months and then prorated from there.....
Several years ago I purchased a Red Top from 4WPW at one of their BlowOut Sales where I purchased the battery for $90.
The battery worked great for a little over two years and in that time.... Recently after driving around doing some errands for a couple hours... I drove home, unloaded the Jeep and then needed to go out again.... The Jeep would not start.... The dash lights glowed dimly, but not even a tick tick was heard from the starter solenoid.....
Checked all the obvious things like corroded terminals and cables, loose terminals, and then the battery voltage; which read 9V !!!
Surprised me that I made it home without getting stuck.....
Removed the battery from the vehicle and went looking for the receipt..... Brought the battery back to 4 WPW and found out that I missed the FULL replacement period by 2 months....
Ended up paying $35 which included tax for the prorated period.....
That was over 3 years ago and since then I have worked that battery hard; droving in hot weather, freezing cold weather, bouncing it around on the trail....., running off road lights, HF radio gear, etc.....
Recently the battery went dead due to sitting for some time in the garage.... Jumped the battery and drove it around for the day....
Been fine since then....
My opinion of Optima batteries.... IS.... It is money well spent.....

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red tops are made for our trucks with daily driving and stuff...yellow tops aren't made for our trucks and form what i understand will not charge correctly in our applications...

I upgraded my die hard battery for a red top through work and it's pretty cool i guess...it's a battery.
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optimas are great batteries, and well worth the extra cost. I sell Batteries for everything, i love optimas. 24 months is 6 month longer than you will find almost most other batteries free replacement. honestly though i suprised you killed that thing in two years , though there was something wrong with that battery because if it was at the end of its life the CCA's would have been real low not the voltage. as for deep cycle its the blue tops and not all blue tops that are deep cycle. the yellow top just has higher capacity and a lil better resistance to vibration ( which is the lead killer of batteries). go with a red top ( my personal favorite too) its the mots cost effective. and any of you florida boys and girls, i pay 20% over cost for them and would be happy to share my discount with yall.
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I hate to change the subject here and hijack the thread, but is there a reason these batteries are better than most? I have been thinking of getting one since I have the same battery in my truck since 1998. And it seems to be the most reliable battery I have ever had. Same volts as the day I got it (knock on wood). Don't know what brand but the dealer put it in when I purchased the truck used.
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When I came home from Iraq for leave, my red top was dead. It was unhooked, so no drain from something on, and just died after only 6 months of not daily use. My brother in law was starting it once a week, but after 6 months it would not take a charge or anything. Unfortunately I was not home when he replaced it, and he just put another in it's place.
I'm not sure I would buy one again, but other than that one dying I have had no other problems, and many other people have not had the problem I did. Jsut passing along my bad experience...
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BUCK-O!!!

Hey, you got my address wrong on the invitation -- but we are going to RSVP.

Are the two of you registered at 4 Wheel Parts? Have you picked out a camo pattern for the china?...
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isn't there also a blue top ? I think that for bouts though ?

I still like Earls twin tractor trailor battery working his winch !
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BUCK-O!!!

Hey, you got my address wrong on the invitation -- but we are going to RSVP.

Are the two of you registered at 4 Wheel Parts? Have you picked out a camo pattern for the china?...
No, but I am registered at Sears...all tools too! We got a TON of crap from the FIRST (it's a Greek thing I guess) of TWO bridal showers, so now it's my turn. check out that registery, please....don't waste your time on the Linens and Things!!

I got those solar panels, and will be in PA this weekend. Sat morning/afternoon might be good if you can meet up. you still got those blocks and u bolts?
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Yep. Got 'em in the truck, in fact, figuring I was going to run into you somewhere. This weekend sounds great. Call me home or cell: 610-444-1247 (home) 302-897-5221 (cell) and we'll hook up.
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if you had a trickle charger set up for it you'd still be running fine. yes the blue tops are mainly for boat use thats where they are DT so you can hook up a trolling motor to it too and thats also why they are the deep cycle ones. the reason OPTIMAS are superior batteries, is the cylindrical cells with spiral glassmat design. I could explain it all but I'd have to start from the beginning of how SLI's work and give ya a whole vocab lesson. what it comes down to is the spiral design stands up to vibration a whole hell of a lot better than regular SLI's. When heat and the damage from vibration set in the walls of the cells deteriorate and you lose your amps quicker an quicker. Even at the end of a good batteries life it will still read 12 volts. they way you test a battery is to see if you can keep it running at 12 volts while you are cranking the amps. there is something listed on the battery as CCA ( cold cranking amps), this is what the battery will put out at 32 degrees. if the voltage drops before you get it up to the listed CCA its time to get a new one. if you cant even get any thing above 10.5 volts after the battery is fully charged, then it was made or used incorrectly....
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Well I just got back from getting it. I got a 20% discount through a kid that works at one of the stores in the chain. I just hope he doesn't get fired. I figure if he was uncofortable getting me a discount then he wouldn't have done it.
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When I came home from Iraq for leave, my red top was dead. It was unhooked, so no drain from something on, and just died after only 6 months of not daily use. My brother in law was starting it once a week, but after 6 months it would not take a charge or anything. Unfortunately I was not home when he replaced it, and he just put another in it's place.
I'm not sure I would buy one again, but other than that one dying I have had no other problems, and many other people have not had the problem I did. Jsut passing along my bad experience...

As an Optima dealer, you cannot just 2 amp house charge these. You need to hit them with 50-60 amps. A shop charger will work perfect.

I have a deep cycle blue top in my truck, has been in there since Feb, no problems.

I have a deep cycle and reg blue top in my boat, since april, with big stereo, no problems, will party all day with music up, then hit the key. Only once have I had to switch over to the second battery to start.

I will not buy another regular battery.
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i have 4 optima red tops total, one or 2 are 3 years old. one sits in the torino and gets started about every 2 weeks, and sits ALL winter, and starts up fine in the spring again. i would never buy another battery. a yellow top is not made for a daily driver or any regular car, they are made to be discharged compeltely and charged back up, the charging system of a car that is constantly charging will damage a deep cycle over time and cause premature failure. they are made for cars with show stereo systems, applications that do not have alternators, and things such as boats or tractors that sit for a very long time.
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