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Review: Optima Deep Cycle Blue Top Marine Battery

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MaxCrack, May 20, 2003.

  1. MaxCrack

    MaxCrack 1/2 ton status

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    This is just a quick review of my experience with this battery.

    I LOVE IT. 650 Cold Cranking Amps. More than enough so far. I got it at Pep Boys for $149.00 plus tax because they did not have the Yellow top. The best Price I have seen anywhere before or since. I do not have anything extremely exotic installed yet. Just replaceable lamp headlights 55/75 Watts and 2 130 Watt Procomp Explorer 8", a York which I will get to Shortly and a fairly power intensive stereo. The Marine Blue Top is Awesome for accessories because of the extra wing nut poles.

    On occasion I have a little trouble starting the truck. This is in no way a battery problem. (Except when I'm an idiot). I think these are heat related problems but I'm not sure and so far it has not been a big deal. I have had to run the starter for 20+ seconds several times in a row before it would start. I have no trouble with the battery, even when in low gear going up a steep incline.

    I have <font color="red">COMPLETELY</font> killed the battery on 2 seperate occasions. The first time I left the switch to the York on (before I rewired it to only turn on with the ignition) for TWO WEEKS without running the truck. I had to jump the truck from another car (this took a while) but once it (the truck) stared I left it idling for an hour or so and had no trouble after. Until...I left the head lights on for <font color="blue">Three Days</font>. Once again I jumped the truck and let it idle for an hour or so. I have since (three weeks) been using the vehicle as a daily driver and have had no problems.

    This Memorial Day weekend I will be using the ProComp lights even if I'm not 4 wheelin'

    I will leave some feed back about this next week.
     
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    Calclips 1/2 ton status

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    Its good to know that they aren't ripping you off, because for 150 bucks that battery better be damn good.
     
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    You will not fully recharge a deep cycle battery with your trucks alternator. They are designed to be run to zero and then recharged overnight with a trickle charger. Dont be surprised if it only lasts a year or two as an every day battery. As you have seen though you cant beat it for running things like winches and flood lights
     
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    Talking about the wing nuts, I always switch to Marine brass terminals any time I change battery cables. Makes unhooking the battery a snap...
     
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    Russ, what are Marine brass terminals? Any pics?
     
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    They are terminals often used in boats. Just a regular terminal with a pinch bolt on the end, but made of brass so they hold up better. The terminals then have a bolt sticking up on the back. Your wires end with a flat "lug". You slide the lug over the bolt and tighten down a wing nut. Takes no tools and about 10 seconds to disconect the battery. Also easy to add accessories if you like, but I don't use it for that...

    I'm afraid this is the best pic I have.
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    Is that the D34M or the D31M Optima? I have the D34M and it's only 650 CCA. The D31M model is 900 CCA but it's way too large (physically) to fit in my truck. Just curious. I have the blue top, and the red top as my main and love them. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Heheh, sorry, that was a typo...I have 650 amps. Thanks for catching that.
     

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