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Old 04-16-2014, 11:59 AM   #1
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What battery do you have

I have been using a crappy battery all winter and its time to stop putting strain on everything.

What battery do you have?
was thinking red top"?
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I have a redtop and i haven't had a problem even after sitting for 3 months
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I have a redtop and i haven't had a problem even after sitting for 3 months
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Ok Travis... We've got it... No problems with the Red top even after sitting for three months...
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I guess Ill go with the red then
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Ok Travis... We've got it... No problems with the Red top even after sitting for three months...

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I guess Ill go with the red then
Nope, you go YELLOW. Yellow is a Red Top except deep cycle. This means if you accidentally drain it and let it sit for awhile it'll come right back. Do that with a Red Top a few times and bye bye Red Top.

Honestly though they are overkill. Get a good Napa sealed battery and you won't have a problem. I keep mine on a tender since I only really drive it when its nice out but its been over 2 years and she fires right up every single time.
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Nope, you go YELLOW. Yellow is a Red Top except deep cycle. This means if you accidentally drain it and let it sit for awhile it'll come right back. Do that with a Red Top a few times and bye bye Red Top.



Honestly though they are overkill. Get a good Napa sealed battery and you won't have a problem. I keep mine on a tender since I only really drive it when its nice out but its been over 2 years and she fires right up every single time.

Deep cycles are bad for regular car i thought
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Yellows are mostly for people who have sound
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Deep cycles are bad for regular car i thought
Why would you think that?????

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Yellows are mostly for people who have sound
They are for ppl who want a battery that won't be a brick if it discharges by accident. Yeah they are used in sound systems but they are great as your main starting battery too. My 610 provided a ****ton of cranking power for a 11:1 brand new motor when the Napa couldn't cut it.

However, for a regular 5.0 or 4.6 there is 0 reason to use an Optima over a box store special unless it is going to sit for extended periods of time. And then its probably a good idea to pull the battery and bring into the garage/basement and put it on a tender if you can't run an extension cord out to the car.
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I've been running a red top for the last 4 years in the cobra. Every spring I take it to the local az as I don't have a tender or charger for a gel battery.

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I used a regular ebay trickle charger on my yellow. Same one I have now on the normal battery in my 98. Works fine either way. I'm not knocking the red top or the CCAs it provides, I'm just saying you get the same thing with the Yellow plus the deep cycle.
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Why would you think that?????



They are for ppl who want a battery that won't be a brick if it discharges by accident. Yeah they are used in sound systems but they are great as your main starting battery too. My 610 provided a ****ton of cranking power for a 11:1 brand new motor when the Napa couldn't cut it.

However, for a regular 5.0 or 4.6 there is 0 reason to use an Optima over a box store special unless it is going to sit for extended periods of time. And then its probably a good idea to pull the battery and bring into the garage/basement and put it on a tender if you can't run an extension cord out to the car.

Well im taking electrical automotive classes at my cc and i thought i remember my teacher saying something how its bad to use a deep cycle for cars but i cant remember why. Ill ask him on monday.
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my current battery is junk. We had such a bad winter that the battery would be dead and need a jump at least once every 2 weeks... car has been sitting for past like 4 days.. I should go start it to make sure it will start when I need it 2... I'm guessing it will struggle..

so what I am taking from this... is red top = just as good as walmart battery
yellow top = if I leave my lights on and battery dies.. shut lights off, come back later .. should start up?... sounds like a life saver lol
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Almost a yellow top would just last long with your lights on longer than a regular batter would last
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Almost a yellow top would just last long with your lights on longer than a regular batter would last
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my current battery is junk. We had such a bad winter that the battery would be dead and need a jump at least once every 2 weeks... car has been sitting for past like 4 days.. I should go start it to make sure it will start when I need it 2... I'm guessing it will struggle..

so what I am taking from this... is red top = just as good as walmart battery
yellow top = if I leave my lights on and battery dies.. shut lights off, come back later .. should start up?... sounds like a life saver lol
No that is not what deep cycle means... and a red top has way more cold cranking amps than a normal battery. I just think it's overkill for a regular motor.

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Nope, you go YELLOW. Yellow is a Red Top except deep cycle. This means if you accidentally drain it and let it sit for awhile it'll come right back.
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I mean if it sits discharged for awhile it will recharge when you put it on a charger. A non deep cycle battery usually can do this once or twice before it is damaged. Yes I could have worded it better originally.

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Are you sure you don't have a drain on the battery? I'd start there. Check your grounds, connections etc.
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I use walmart battery. If it goes bad their is a walmart like in every town to get it replaced.
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