lincolnmania wrote:i would not buy an optima battery......if you do not use the vehicle often, they fail......plus they cost alot.......i have been buying new out of date batteries from autozone lately for my personal vehicles for 25-35 bucks....so far so good lol
Optima Battery warranties -- the ones that are justified are rare. Like anything, yes sometimes you get one. A very vey hi percentage of Optimas are warrantied due to misunderstanding. When one does finally succumb to user abuse and the voltage is low - well it didn't take and hour to draw it down and it will take more than an hour on a trickle charger to bring it back. Most users draw an Optima below 12.4 volts and think they can simply drive the vehicle and recharge the battery.
FALSE - The car charging system will not recharge an Optima
When an Optima is drawn below 12.2 volts it may take days to recharge on the bench connected to an amp source that will not overheat it.
Once I learned this - I began to buy the dead trade ins from the core pile - charge them for days - My first pair powered a diesel tractor for two years before further service was needed - You won't get that from a traditional lead acid dead battery core.
But for all that -- at three times the cost - unless you need that sort of service - I wouldn't buy one.
Sting; there is a big battery manufacturer near Allentown, PA called East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. Most or all of their batteries are sold under the Deka name. I thought Exide is or was a manufacturer.
yep -- that's the third -- I also am a big fan of used batteries - most again, as above - are simply returned because the owner didn't recharge correctly.