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Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

Whats going on guys?
It's time to replace my battery and i was wondering which Optima battery i should buy.The red top or the Deep cycle Yellow top.
I've only used red tops and never had a problem.
But i heard from a couple of my friends that with my truck and all the accessories that are on it (off road lights,underdrive pulleys,and a system) that i should use the Yellow top.
The current setup now is a single battery.
Any advice would be helpful.

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Re: Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

I have a red top but never really had to put any serious demand on it as of yet, but i would recommend the blue top marine dual purpose before the yellow, it has 900 cca, is a deep cycle and auxilliary terminals plus better warranty and dont cost much more than the yellow,(the D34M ).

Check em out here:
1st-optima-batteries.com

not the first blue one, the second D34M...
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Re: Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

I'll second the blue-top reccomendation - that's the one I'm savin' for ... already got a couple of things in mind for those aux. terminals !!
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Re: Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

Is it ok to run off of a deep cycle batery? I thought it was primarilly for boats or duel batery setups.
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Re: Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

Thats why they call em dual-purpose, most deep cycle batteries have low cca ratings, but Optima has dual-purpose in both yellow & blue top, but i like those extra accessory wingnut terminals on the blue marine ones. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] I have a couple of 10 guage wires for my aux. lights and my winch power supply all tied to the nut on my positive side battery cable, and no room left on the solenoid. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

I see pro-comp now has what looks like a relabled optima at a lower price, but i wonder if thay are equal in quality and performance. Of course a dual set-up would be the ultimate and there has been some good tech links lately on the SWB, but to do it right its gonna take some $$$ to set it up right with a good isolator system plus the price of the batteries...
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Re: Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

No one is gonna want to hear this, and people are gonna try to flame me, but the answer is: neither. Optimas are simply not what they are cracked up to be.

Just buy a quality standard battery, or try alternatives like the Odyssey from Hawker Energy or the Exide Orbitals.

And while I'm ranting: don't support Pro-Crap, they're [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] 4WPW [img]images/graemlins/puke.gif[/img]

Now, tell me I'm wrong and go spend your money on an Optima. It's your money after all. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] Me, I won't be buying anymore Optimas.
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Re: Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

No flames here but i did more research on those Pro-comp batteries and their relabled exide orbitals (even say exide right on the side [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]), as far as regular batteries, i had a 84 month top quality Motorcraft silver crap out after 1 year, Sears was accused of selling used Die-Hards as new 2 years back [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img], and my bro had worked as a Battery route person for local shops and it became obvious interstate and delcos with that fancy green window dont hold up well either.

Shilo your not the first person i have heard complain of optimas so im sure there have been some failures out there, which btw, what do so many people have against 4WPW, i bought my 1st item from them last week (a 9 dollar K&N filtercharger kit [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]) after i discovered they have a store 20 miles from me, anything i have ever needed mail-order i dealt with SummitRacing, is it their customer service or warranty policies???

My optima is now 3 years old which is the average life of a std. battery so i cant really comment yet on the expected double life that optima claims, but im not cleaning up any dirty corroded terminals or battery trays anymore. If it lasts at least 2 more, then i will say i got my moneys worth.
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4WPW

Never mind on the 4WPW question, big Norm just answered my Qs [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

[img]images/graemlins/puke.gif[/img] 4WPW!
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When I waorked for a land surveying firm, we used to kill industrial rated, deep cycle , conventional batteries with regularity. We could totally waste one in 3 months running our GPS system. I finally talked hem into buying Optimas, and the last I heard, they were still using the two they bought almost a year ago, in the same spot that killed 4 per year.

I am sold on them.
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Re: Which Optima battery...Yellow or Red?

I have a "red top" Optima.
Still going strong after 7 years+. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
There was a discussion a while back in this post about mounting.
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