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Old 01-13-2005, 09:22 AM
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Anyone using deep cycle Optima batteries? I am thinking about purchasing two for my boat, but would like to know more about the batteries since they come at a higher price.
Old 01-13-2005, 09:44 AM
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I had this decision to make last year. After a couple of searches on THT, the concensus I interpreted was

Optima cranking batteries are great and worth the money
Optima Deep Cycles are not

Old 01-13-2005, 09:49 AM
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I bought a blue top combo/deep chg/starting batt for my 202 Sea Hunt w/Johnson 150HP 2-stroke in November at SEARS..(they will match CABELAS pricing, just bring printed page from Cabelas website containing price info..I saved 20$) I installed the new batt to do my winterizing...turned the key and was surprised by the power...my old batt would labor ...crank & crank...and finally turn over the motor....with the new Optima...I thought the Johnson was about to fly off the transom..and it started in 1-2 seconds of cranking...what a change! I'll update at the end of boating year '05 with details of how it performed.

Just to see though how rumors start, I was at the Providence Boat Show last weekend and I mentioned I bought an Optima battery to a Sea Hunt Dealer..this guy was their service tech...and he said ..."Oh, I'd be careful.. those batteries explode!" To which I replied, what facts do you have to back that up, and he said..."Oh, I just heard it from someone!" I'm sure if Optima had an issue with batteries exploding...they couldn't sell them...wouldn't you??

I believe them to be a quality product, and so far, so good...more to follow..after using this year...

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QUOTE: this guy was their service tech...and he said ..."Oh, I'd be careful.. those batteries explode!"


HeHe Yea he forgot to mention the battery was down in a deep/dark hole and the guy hooked something up backwards.
Old 01-13-2005, 12:55 PM
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I pulled two out of the bosses boat when he replaced them and stuck them in mine as house batteries and was surprised at how long they hold up running the spreader lights and stuff.
I thought after they came out of a 50 footer they would be shot but no. They are the red tops that he used to crank some big Azz Manns.
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SCB - 1/13/2005 9:22 AM

Anyone using deep cycle Optima batteries? I am thinking about purchasing two for my boat, but would like to know more about the batteries since they come at a higher price.
costco has the best prices on them that i have seen, if you have a costco over there

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I have 'em and I like them, no mess, no leak. I use two as cranking and accessories batteries, downriggers/radios/electronics. Never ran out of capacity. The only thing I noted that the kicker could raise the voltage pretty high(16-17 volts) after a long time running, so I put a disconnect switch on it. Small outboard charging alternators aren't very well regulated. I had actually heard the opposite on colors, the red were junk and the blue was good. Is it true Brunswick is gonna buy them?
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Yea I herd they bought the red top division
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I've had a pair of Optima starting batteries for 2 years....great. I leave them in the boat, outside, no charger, over the winter and for the first spring start they crank the motors right up!
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Pound for pound, Optima’s are about expensive a battery as you can get. In the world of battery technology and performance they are considered mediocre and overpriced for what you get. See also the Orbit battery, another spiral wound gel AGM.
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If you have a lot of accessories drawing power - or go far offshore - seems silly not to spend a few extra bucks and get a substantially better battey. The AGM's are by far the best. Look at Lifeline batteries (www.concordebattery.com) - and compare a Group 27 standard gel, an Optima 27, and a Lifeline 27........not much of a choice, really, is it? If you do not want to spring for the Lifeline's, the Optima is a good battery, and far above the gels.
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Had a pair of Optima Troll Fury twin packs on my last boat...lots of power, very reliable. When my current batteries go south, I'll most like get more Optimas.

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Got the Blue Top.
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1Amigo - 1/14/2005 2:47 AM

... The AGM's are by far the best. Look at Lifeline batteries ...
If you like the Concorde (Lifeline) battery, take a look at these AGMs:

http://www.northstarbattery.com

It’s the new generation of AGM technology. They have lower internal resistance than the Concorde so the NorthStar batteries can be discharged to a depth of 80% of capacity at C/3 (1/3 capacity) and charged at C/1 (capacity) for 500 cycles. Imagine how long they will last if you treat them reasonably. They are the best marine battery, and extremely well built. The last time I talked to the distributor (4 months ago) they still have never had a single battery fail or be returned for any reason.

Compare the cranking amps between the NorthStar and the Concorde group 27’s. Compare a NorthStar group 31 to a Lifeline 4D for starting applications.

The specs for all the NorthStar marine batteries are in a matrix on this web site:

http://www.boatelectric.com/Meridian...0batteries.htm

Like 1Amigo said, I would pass on the Optima batteries and get a quality AGM.
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QUOTE: Look at Lifeline batteries (www.concordebattery.com) - and compare a Group 27 standard gel, an Optima 27, and a Lifeline 27........not much of a choice, really, is it?

Optima doesn't make a group 27. That's one of the things that is discourging to me. I built this boat so 4- gp27's would fit.
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I have original 1996 interstates and they are still pumping strong. I do maintain them, toppin off with distilled water, charging in winter once a month. I will replace with same when need to. $60
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Optima Batteries are owned by Johnson Controls which also owns Interstate Batteries the makers of DieHard for Sears. Rather than buy your Optima batteries at Sears go to the nearest Interstate Battery Store; considerably cheaper! Plus you don't have to order them. The difference on a D31M was near $40.00.
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warthog5...The Optima D31M is 12.9" long x 6.5" wide x 9.4" high very close to BCI Group 27 (12.6 x6.6x10).
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I ordered my Lifelines direct from the factory today, so I'll post some impressions. Unfortunately, that won't be until April
Winter sucks...

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