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View Poll Results: What is the best performance battery?
Optima Red Top 14 38.89%
Optima Yellow Top 10 27.78%
Kinetik 4 11.11%
Interstate batteries 2 5.56%
Exide 0 0%
Diehard 0 0%
Duralast 1 2.78%
Autocraft Titanium 1 2.78%
Everstart 0 0%
Bosch 0 0%
Other... 4 11.11%
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Talking What is the best car performance battery?

I would like to know what battery that will last long and could be rechargeable. The battery would be for a daily driver. And of course a battery that will fit in the wheel well.
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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This is going to be very opinionated.......
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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Optima's, Odyssey's come to mind. There are many others.

As stated above, there will be lots of opinions.
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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Optima. Best technology out there for a car battery.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:35 PM   #5
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i don't understand getting a perfomance battery for anything other then weight and extreme car stereos. Can anyone tell me why I would need to put a perfomance battery in my car?

Im not trying to be an @55 I just honestly don't know.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:44 PM   #6
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Yes kdoske a battery does not increase HP or MPH I just wanted to know what battery will last the longest. I would put a performance battery in because I hate a battery that runs out quickly. Aad like I stated this battery will be for a daily driven camaro so I need a long lasting battery because I start,drive my car alot.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:58 AM   #7
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Don't know but, no matter what you get, a simple battery trickle charger might effectively double it's life.
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:25 AM   #8
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Find the heaviest battery that will fit in the space of your car and it will last the longest! Heavier means there is more plate material inside each cell which will take longer for the acid to eat thru and therefore the battery will last longer. However... the amp draw, heat (Like in AZ during the summer) and amp rating of the battery will play a factor in it's life!
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:33 PM   #9
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well im going with a yellow top because its a mix between a starting battery(red top) and a deep cycle(blue top)
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:43 PM   #10
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optima red here
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:32 PM   #11
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I've heard so much good and not so good things about the OPTIMA RED TOP batteries. I think I will go with them then.
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:51 PM   #12
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I've heard so much good and not so good things about the OPTIMA RED TOP batteries. I think I will go with them then.
Couldn't go wrong there.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:55 AM   #13
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I work at Batteries Plus and the ODYSSEY are the best batteries on the market. There are the only MIL-SPEC battery on the market and also the only one to use 99.99% virgin lead. I have a HEPPC1500DT that has over 1150CCA. Your Red Top Optima only has around 850CCA or so and will never last as long as a ODYSSEY. Also, ODYSSEY auto batteries come with a 4 year free replacement warranty. Stop by your nearest Batteries Plus to pick one up.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:57 AM   #14
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Also Optima yellow tops have the same internals as blue tops. The only difference is the warranty, and the posts. Blue tops come with Marine screw posts and SAE posts while Yellow Tops come with either SAE or screw tops. See above post for cred's.
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:05 AM   #15
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Why would you want to get a battery for a brand new car? I've had my spec v for 5 years and still have the original. It did go dead once this winter. My dad charged it and said it should be replaced any time, but has'nt died yet. If I were to get anything on a newer car, it would be a mini battery to save weight, but they are pricey and maybe not the best choice if you have a cold winter...
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:15 AM   #16
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I would like to know what battery that will last long and could be rechargeable. The battery would be for a daily driver. And of course a battery that will fit in the wheel well.
Do you plan on leaving the interior lights one every night when you park it?

If it starts the car and gets you where you're going, that's good enough... right?
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:24 AM   #18
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I would like to know what battery that will last long and could be rechargeable. The battery would be for a daily driver. And of course a battery that will fit in the wheel well.
If you're not going to use powerful amps on your stereo, the factory battery should last several years.

The factory battery in my Colly lasted 2.5 years and i abused it with the 1800+ watt stereo.

I have a Red Top now and still have a power shortage for the stereo to perform to it's capability but that can only be fixed by improving the alternator. As for cranking, the red top fired right up at -30F back in January.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:23 AM   #19
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odyssey-expensive, but they last a year or three longer. Very good warranty.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:34 PM   #20
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I dont recommend Optima, I'd go with Kinetik. If you're looking at the Optima red top then I'd say to look at the Kinetik HC600, the HC600 is a little bit AH rating and half the foot print size of the red top which is good when you're not dealing with much space to begin with.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:38 PM   #21
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odyssey- or Sears Platnum (Same battery)

I have had no luck with Optium Red tops.
The optium Yellow 31 series is good; But good lick fitting it in the camaro.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:02 PM   #22
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A performance battery like the Optima Red Top will start quicker by delivering more current to the starter, especially in cold weather, where most common batteries fail.

Also, it will be able to deliver faster current peaks when your overkill 100TW subwoofer amp is pulling juice to rattle your bodywork and wreck your hearing.
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Hello, I noticed your conversation regarding our batteries and wanted to offer some assistance. kdoske, to answer your question about purchasing a “performance battery,” some folks have had issues with conventional flooded batteries leaking acid and damaging their vehicle (especially C5 owners). Many of those folks prefer to buy an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery, because it minimizes the chance of acid leaking and damaging paint or sensitive electronics. AGM batteries generally last far longer than traditional flooded batteries.

Lovestanda is correct about a quality battery tender or maintainer extending battery life. The key to long battery life (regardless of brand) is to make sure a battery’s voltage is maintained at or above 12.4 volts whenever possible. When batteries are discharged below that level and allowed to sit for extended periods of time, sulfation begins to diminish both capacity and performance.

Our BlueTops do have additional threaded top posts for marine applications, but are otherwise identical internally to their YellowTop counterparts. The one exception is the 34M BlueTop, which is the marine version of our Group 34 RedTop starting battery.

We do strongly recommend YellowTops for vehicles with significant electrical demands, such as large stereos, auxiliary lighting, etc… RedTops are starting/lighting/ignition (SLI) batteries and are ideal for most applications, while YellowTops are true dual-purpose batteries, with an appropriately-sized YellowTop offering plenty of cranking amps, as well as additional reserve capacity and the ability to be deep-cycled. Using a YellowTop on a daily-driven vehicle will not negatively impact battery performance or lifespan at all. In fact, most batteries do better in daily driver applications, than vehicles that only see occasional use.

Although I am not allowed to discuss specific applications, Optima batteries can be found in a wide array of military applications and all of our batteries are made with 99.99% pure, virgin lead, which is pretty standard for all AGM batteries. All of our new RedTops and YellowTops come with three-year free replacement warranties, while new BlueTops come with two-year free replacement warranties. You can read all of our warranty information here- http://optimabatteries.com/optima_products/warranty/

The best warranty is the one you never need to use, but it is a good idea to review warranty terms and conditions prior to making any battery purchase, as warranty periods do vary by manufacturer. Some warranties also have pro-rated terms and specific exclusions for things like batteries that are discharged below 10 volts. If anyone has any questions about our batteries, I’ll do my best to answer them.

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I have red top Optima batteries in all my cars and trucks.
I have no problems out of any of them.
And when i replace the GM battery in the Camaro I hope Optima will have a battery for it.
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