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Old 12-18-2008, 06:10 PM
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Way up topic someone said that AutoZone doesn't carry Optimas in stock anymore? I work for AZ... I know in my store right now we have at least 3 red tops in stock. Now the Yellows sell as soon as we get one, and the Blue tops I have seen come in special order. Usually 1 or 2 days with no shipping charges to you.

Just some FYI here... Our Duralast batteries (the red top and yellow/gold top) were at one time #1 in Consumer Reports, above Interstate even. They are made my Johnson Controls, who I have heard is the same place that makes Interstate?

I had bought the Duralast Gold batteries way before I worked for AZ. They always withstood the CCCold and abuse from the winch. Never had one really lose a cell until the warranty was about up. The DL Golds can have some good cranking amps... I typically use the 34DT-DLG that has dual terminals and 1000 cranking amps, and 800 CCA. The only one we have that is more amps would be the 65DLG which has 1000 cranking, and 875 CCA. While I am at it... they have a 3 year free replacement, 8 year prorated warranty... valid at any of AutoZone's 4000+ stores.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:15 PM
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Oh, and my own personal testimony here... This just happened last Sunday morning, when the temp was -15ish up here. I had to start my old Ford truck to get to work. I cranked SOLID for about 2 minutes on my 8 year old Duralast black top (now they have red tops). I never ran the battery down, I just quit cranking... It wouldn't start. I plugged my block heater in about 6 hours and it fired right up still substantially below zero temps.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:23 AM
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Just a FYI, we stock the Optima reverse terminal for the 80
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Naw, flipped + and - sides.

FWIW, my Yellow Tops are still good after being run down flat a couple years ago from welding at Jenny Creek (the winch point) without recharging them. I recharged them over, say, about a week or so and they have come back up and stayed up. They are around 5 years old or more.

Good to know about the Sears batteries though. I am pretty much forced to use glass-mat batteries, as they are mounted on the side under the deck in the rear. The Duralast story too.
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The NEW Sears Die Hard Platinum is the same battery as the Odyssey. There is a thread on MUD showing both batteries and they are identical except for color. As mentioned above...I bought the biggest one they had and it just barely fits in the tray (with very slight trim of the corner). They also sell one the same size as stock (27, I believe). This thing has so much cranking power and with the deep cell, I hope it does well after being drained. It's only been in there for a month or so, so I can't speak to longevity, but owners of the Odyssey batteries who chimed in on MUD completely swear by them over the Optima. On sale at Sears, it was around $200. Not cheap, but not too bad for what it promises and the warranty is easy at Sears. I had a red-top prior, but it was having trouble in the cold. PO put it in only three years ago.
I saw those threads on Mud. That looks interesting. I also remember Kevin and Steve mentioning Deka batteries
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Deka manufactures all of its products in Pennsylvania and sells wet (lead-acid), AGM (absorbed glass mat) and gel batteries. http://www.eastpenn-deka.com/ Hensley is the regional distributor.
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Deka manufactures all of its products in Pennsylvania and sells wet (lead-acid), AGM (absorbed glass mat) and gel batteries. http://www.eastpenn-deka.com/ Hensley is the regional distributor.

Do you know how theey compare to the Sears Platinums mentioned above. I have read quite a bit about those and not so much on the Deka. Experianced with Orbitals and Optimas like most everyone else.
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Deca is the reason we can watch a full length movie without my engine running!
Projectors are power hogs too. Let's not forget the fridge running the whole time
and two blenders of fruit beverages!
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Deca is the reason we can watch a full length movie without my engine running!
Projectors are power hogs too. Let's not forget the fridge running the whole time
and two blenders of fruit beverages!
Nice. Thanks Kevin

Did you get the Gel Deka?
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Nice. Thanks Kevin

Did you get the Gel Deka?
My accessory batt is a Deka 31 and my primary is a Deka 78. Both are AGM's
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