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RockyCapone

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Optima battery whats the verdict?
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:08:49 pm »
Last I searched here Optima red/yellow/blue received a bad rap, is that still the case? I've been running my Wally World special for 2 years and had no problems but now that its time to replace would like a gel sealed type. Thoughts on Optimas and if so what color? I would guess yellow. 
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jyeager

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Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 12:33:18 pm »
Last I searched here Optima red/yellow/blue received a bad rap, is that still the case? I've been running my Wally World special for 2 years and had no problems but now that its time to replace would like a gel sealed type. Thoughts on Optimas and if so what color? I would guess yellow.
Personally, Every optima battery I've owned has been shit! They all have lost charge with in a year or so. I have been running an odyssey battery for about 3 years in the swtd, it's always charged and has never really given me a problem.that will go in the dimarco. They are a bit Cheeper that the optima too. Iam switching to  a braille 11.5 lb battery here before the Parker race.


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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 12:59:08 pm »
I've got two Costco group 27 deep cycles in mine since 2012 with no problems.

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uncleBOBBY

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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2014, 01:05:36 pm »

I've got two Costco group 27 deep cycles in mine since 2012 with no problems.

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I also have 2 costco deep cycle batteries in mine with no issues, plus the warranty is great on them


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BoatDocDANE

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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2014, 01:22:16 pm »
X2 on the optimas being crap. I have had nothing but problems with optimas.


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jyeager

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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2014, 01:45:47 pm »
Ill throw this out there. I had a Autozone battery in my green southwind for 6 years never EVER lost power :screwy: :screwy: :screwy:
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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2014, 01:47:58 pm »
Ill throw this out there. I had a Autozone battery in my green southwind for 6 years never EVER lost power :screwy: :screwy: :screwy:

i have dual vatozone marine bluetops in my boat(s) with no issues.  which is weird because autozone usually sells complete crap.


that being said i also have a pair of yellow top optimas in my navigator with no issues.  but it doesnt see as severe conditions as a boat.  regardless pretty much 75% of the worlds batteries are all made by johnson controls (i used to work for them back in the day) so its all the same crap... 
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More2LifeThanMPG

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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2014, 03:18:28 pm »

pretty much 75% of the worlds batteries are all made by johnson controls

This... There is a handful of other battery makers out there that just can't compete. The insides are all the same, it's just how they label it.

I get a good deal on interstate through my work, or I'd be running the costco batteries. No questions asked warranty exchange program, so long as you have the receipt.


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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2014, 07:42:42 pm »
Im going to talk to my Interstate rep also. Thermo King makes a battery called an EON. Its glass mat technology no gell or liquids, super heavy. Its a thought and they are made for very harsh environments, but $$$
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IF I GET BORED AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO I'M CALLING GTJETS AND ASKING HIM IF I SHOULD RUN A T-STAT IN MY JETBOAT--THAT SHOULD BURN OFF 8 HOURS EASY
....it would have been cheaper to spend our money on cocaine and hookers

GT Jets

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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2014, 11:23:23 pm »
i have dual vatozone marine bluetops in my boat(s) with no issues.  which is weird because autozone usually sells complete crap.


that being said i also have a pair of yellow top optimas in my navigator with no issues.  but it doesnt see as severe conditions as a boat.  regardless pretty much 75% of the worlds batteries are all made by johnson controls (i used to work for them back in the day) so its all the same crap...

I worked for JCI also...

You couldn't give me a trainload of Optima batteries, I used to get them at a deep discount and out of the three I bought, not one of them made two years, same vehicle (1976 Chevy Blazer with dual batteries) I installed two Die Hard batteries and the thing never blinked til the day I sold it off. I think the batteries were four years old when I sold it.

Over sold hype if you ask me.
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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2014, 01:33:19 am »
Costco.
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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2014, 07:58:06 am »
Walmart... I have two 29 marine. I dont use optima anymore after replacing a few in my 56 in less than a year of use. I switched to walmart batt in the 56 after the years of good service/beatings from my boat stereo.

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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2014, 08:13:34 am »
I recommend Costco also....+ there warranty also
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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2014, 03:16:17 pm »
For all of you living in the Los Angeles, Orange county and Inland Empire I got the hook up for you on batteries. Batteries is what I sale for a living. I offer Deka batteries made by East Penn Manufacturing. Made in Pennsylvania , the good old USA.  Look them up check their product line out. Johnson controls has moved their plants to Mexico , lack of quality and craftsmanship.


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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2014, 11:32:18 pm »

Costco.
X2 on Costco run u 160 for 2 and they have a full replacement 1 year warranty just take them back after 11mo cause they don't charge they refund u then u walk over to the automotive side buy 2 more with another warranty. Never buy batteries again.


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Re: Optima battery whats the verdict?
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2014, 10:27:42 am »
I guess im the only one that had great luck with one??? had a red top for years!! never had a single issue with it! that being said I live and die by interstate! there the best I have ever found!
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