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Old January 26th, 2004, 01:54 PM   #1
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Optima Red Top Battery

is a red top from Optima a red top, or is it all the same battery size?
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what?
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I agree.. huh? Stock battery is 550cca. Optima red is a starter battery, not great for stereos has a bit of a memory effect to it. Yellow are deep cycle meant for stereos or tons of gadgets. Blue is the same as yellow, but it has two extra top posts. The size you need is D34 with height extender.
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blue is the same as the red, with 2 extra posts
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Old January 26th, 2004, 05:03 PM   #5
 
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the blue top is a marine battery, has some extra sealant, and better ability to get deep cycled....the supposedly make good car audio batteries but they are a little expensive....as long as your minimum cca's are good any size battery will probably work if you secure it correctly... I had guys with integras in auto-x using a battery from a motorcycle to save weight...as long as it can start the car...thats all that really matters.....

as for the optima and other premium batteries......I dare say its worth it for most uses....the red top has a lot of shock protection which makes it good for suv's (jeep wrangler type applications). the yellow top is mostly a waste of money unless you are deliberatly trying to run a larger system than your alternator can handle or are goping to be playing the music with the engine off, dont bother....I would rather buy 3 autozone special batterys in 6 years for 4 a piece than have to shell out 200 or whatever the yellow top runs these days.....

plus those sizes are for certain cars rihgt, so if you sell the car you are stuck with a battery that wont really fit in your new car possibly....bummer....
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Optima I got needed a tray below since it's shallower
Now it fits just like an OEM battery, looks great, has more terminals for all my crap, and is high quality

it cant hurt, so why not?
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Old January 26th, 2004, 07:09 PM   #7
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where do you get yellow top for good price? and also dont know if you guys heard of Rockford's battery, i heard they are pretty good too.
does anyone know what i will need to get a second battery in the back (trunk). the stock one in the front and yellow (or whatever is the best) in the trunk.
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Old January 26th, 2004, 07:25 PM   #8
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Stinger makes some batteries too
I bought my Optima on ebay, from an authorized dealer
great service
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blue is the same as the red, with 2 extra posts
they have both, starter and deep cycle in blue

As far as blue being that different, I've talked to two optima reps on the phone and they led me to believe the blue top starter was the same as the red and the blue top deep cycle is the same as the yellow, except for the accessory posts on top. All are vibration resistant, all are non spillable, you can always have a troll fury in the back for 1300cca

Your alternator doesn't care for huge jolts from a nasty stereo or what have you, having sufficient battery capacity with little or no memory is a good thing. The first day when you have your AC on, your stereo cranked and you're sitting in stop and go traffic, your normal battery will be permanantly ruined. Maybe not much, but starter batteries have a horrid memory effect, if you take your battery down past 97% it will never recharge all the way again, and little by little you will decrease the maximum charge of the battery. Deep cycle batteries are designed to be discharged and recharged constantly with little or no memory effect. You're more than welcome to go get 3 auto zone batteries and add 100+ lbs to your car, and waste what little trunk room we already have.

I bought my blue top from ebay. You can also pick them up from pep boys.
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I bought my blue top from ebay. You can also pick them up from pep boys.
I saw Optima's at Sears the other day..... don't know how their pricing is though.
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Old January 27th, 2004, 08:07 AM   #11
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Ebay is a great place for OPTIMA batteries. I just picked one up last week, for $101 shipped.
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Old January 27th, 2004, 08:25 AM   #12
 
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ebay's the way to go... cheaper then our store can get them actually!

we sorta sell optima... blue top is supposedly the marine grade battery... just some corrosion resistance i think that's it...

they do make both the regular blue, and the deep cycle...
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I need to get a new battery soon. I have the stock alt. The only thing I have is an aftermarket headunit. No system. Can I use any Optima?
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Unless u plan on getting a full system, u shud be fine w/a stock battery. Of course it wont hurt to get an OPTIMA, but u dont really need it.

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I ment 3 batteries.....as in three different ones....not 3 at the same time...that would be retarded.....
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optima red is a high powered regular car battery.... problem with all of them is that once discharged, as previously posted, they never work the same again. better for normal use... higher cranking power.

the yellow top deep cycle will last thru approx 300 full discharge cycles. this is better if you leave your car off and let the radio run allot...

they have been known to last forever thou. we had one we left behind a desk in our store that was used fo power displays, and forgot about it being there... when we moved the room around 4 years later... the battery pretty much still had a bit of a charge!

will probably be the last battery you buy.
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well I want to correct my self...I was under the impression that they are still selling for 2-300 dollars...if they are only 100 or so, then they are most definately worth it for most applicaitons for nothing other than the 8 year warranty....or whatever they have........


also, I rember, there are a couple of big name companies making optima type deep cyclers (not stinger, bat capp etc...) but like energizer, die hard and delco...etc... I want to say I saw one at like sears, or sams club....
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wow, lots of replies. What I meant size wise was the physical size of the battery. Not in terms of CCA's. I never see sizes for them, and I was just wondering.

The whole reason why I asked is because I am needing a new battery. My 3.5 year old Die Hard is starting to go, esp. in this cold snap we are having. I thought that a Red or even Yellow top would be a nice upgrade from what I currently have. What do you guys think?
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worth the extra $ buy on ebay definitely!!!
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i believe u need a 34a or somethin like that
also, u need a tray for the bottom of it
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i believe u need a 34a or somethin like that
also, u need a tray for the bottom of it
ok, that was the info I was looking for. Thanks
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i knew i wasnt goin crazy
the blue starter=red starter
the blue deep cycle=yellow deep cycle
(specs only)
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