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Old 07-07-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Ginger gets a Braille light weight race battery!

So I have a goal of reducing Ginger's weight without taking anything away from being able to daily driver. I was a little worried about this battery not holding up, since I always have my Ac on, stereo blasting and raise/lower my top multiple times everyday. I have had it on for almost a week now and it has been GREAT! It actually has a little more voltage than the stock battery. Keep in mind I also have the ASP under drive pulley so the alternator is spinning slower than stock and the battery still hold up great. Only think I don't do anymore is sit in the car with it off and lights/stereo on or operate the top.

Stock battery is about 44 lbs and this one is just under 15 lbs. I also removed the compressor/slime and styrofoam holder. So all together I lost about 36 lbs.

I used some foam pads I had laying around to secure the battery in the stock location.

Cost of Today's mod: $158.52
Braille 2015 15 lb battery $158.52

I just checked Ebay and found one for $130 shipped
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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Whats the cranking amps it is rated for?
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:38 AM   #3
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Whats the cranking amps it is rated for?
PCA is 1067, CA is 574 and CCA is 426. The stock battery says CCA 720.

They shipped it with a little hand written spec sheet that showed what my actual battery tested at. All the specs were higher than advertised, but I can't find it now. :(

I live in Texas so I could go down on the CCA without a problem. They have bigger batteries with higher CCAs if you live in a colder climate. They offer a 6.6lb, 9lb, 11.5lb, 15lb, 17lb and 21lb battery. The 21lb actually has a higher CCA ratting than the stock battery, so it has more power and is still 23 lbs lighter.

Here is the advertised specs.
http://www.braillebattery.com/index....teries/b2015/#

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Old 07-07-2011, 01:08 PM   #4
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That's quite impressive for a battery in such a small form factor.

I have an optima..not light, but it works.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:17 PM   #5
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Wonder how long the Braille lasts?
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:18 PM   #6
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Wonder how long the Braille lasts?
I was wondering the same thing. If the alternator ever quits, will that Braille last anywhere nearly as long as a standard battery?

Alternatively, how would it fare in cold conditions? (Or does that matter, anymore? I remember when I was a kid, people having problems because it was too cold and the battery wouldn't turn the car over.)
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:11 PM   #7
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:36 PM   #8
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I thought you were talking about a red head, pale skin, freckle kid!!
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:48 PM   #9
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I was wondering the same thing. If the alternator ever quits, will that Braille last anywhere nearly as long as a standard battery?

Alternatively, how would it fare in cold conditions? (Or does that matter, anymore? I remember when I was a kid, people having problems because it was too cold and the battery wouldn't turn the car over.)
This one would not last anywhere near what a stock one would if your alternator died. I also would not recommend out for a child climate. For stock like performance (maybe even better) get the 21 lb Braille battery.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:10 PM   #10
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Great product. Meet the USA rep at SEMA last year. I like all the options that they offer for batteries.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:28 PM   #11
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Alternator failures are not as common as they used to be.
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:03 PM   #12
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But when they do happen it's usually 2 a.m. halfway between Glenwood, AR and Idabel, OK on a cold, lonely night on a stretch of road that doesn't see ten cars in an hour during the day.

Oh wait. That was a timing belt failure. In 1999. But you see my point
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:31 PM   #13
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Ginger? is that your car or your girl?
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CCA is 574.
Can someone explain the difference from Cranking Amps (CA) and Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)? Technical specs page says 426 CCA and 574 CA for the B2015.

Is the stock battery 720 CA or CCA?
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:33 PM   #15
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Brailles are awesome. We use them in the drag cars to reduce weight.

As for the alt, get an overdrive alt pulley whenever you use an underdrive crank pulley and/or have a sound system or other high draw accy. They are cheap for the billet ones.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:59 PM   #16
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:30 AM   #17
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Nice. What is the price for the 21lb?
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:27 AM   #18
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Can someone explain the difference from Cranking Amps (CA) and Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)? Technical specs page says 426 CCA and 574 CA for the B2015.

Is the stock battery 720 CA or CCA?
CCA is the maximum amperes that can be continuously removed from a battery for 30 seconds at 0°F before its voltage drops to unusable levels. A 550 CCA battery can supply 550 amperes for 30 seconds at 0°F. This rating is only useful in the selection of engine starting batteries.

CA is the same except it is measured at 3
0°F

The 15 lb Braille has a 21 amp hour rating compared to the stock battery's 80 amp hour rating. So the 15 lb battery has roughly 1/4 the capacity of the stock battery.

About $180 on ebay.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:42 AM   #19
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Braille batteries are great. I put the same one in mine some time ago and haven't had a single issue with it. You can get them at Summit Racing, Jegs, even Amazon carries them I believe. Or Ebay.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:11 AM   #20
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SUX2BU, how do you like that Braille battery? I was just looking at them the other day but heard they have charging issues if the car isn't daily driven. Any issues with yours?

Mine is daily driven so I can't answer that part of the question for ya, but it has been about four months and 6,000 miles since I installed the battery and it's working great! I think the longest I have gone without driving my car is two days, lol. The true test will be on the coming months when I have to start the car with temps in the low twenties/high teens, that's about the coldest it gets around here.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:49 AM   #21
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Wow def something worth getting!!! What about if you were to add a subwoofer with over 800rms watts??
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:05 PM   #22
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Nice looking package. How come you didn't use the Braille mounting bracket?
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Nice looking package. How come you didn't use the Braille mounting bracket?
Cause it's $75 and the stock bracket works fine.
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Cause it's $75 and the stock bracket works fine.
I used stock as well, just a little different style of packaging. It is certainly adequate.

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Just an update since I have gotten a couple of questions about my battery lately.

The only time ever the battery has struggled to start was when my car was off, I had all my lights on, including headlights, for about 40 min to get video and pictures of the Wind Restrictor.
Oh and I have an ASP under drive pulley also so it doesn't charge as much as a stock pulley would.
The only time I wouldn't recommend this battery is if you have a huge audio/video system or if you have really cold/long winters.
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