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Let's talk car batteries

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Tracker, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. Dec 14, 2017 at 4:57 PM
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    I thought I would start a discussion about the best batteries tried and tested for all kinds of uses. So what info do you guys have on batteries for multiple eletronics to include winches and also the best battery for regular Joe who just likes the dealer features.
     
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    I run Interstate Batteries in my Tundra n T100 zero issues
     
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    A good AGM battery.

    Odyssey

    X2

    North Star
     
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    I watch movies in my truck but i noticed where I used to go 2 hours without starting it my battery now only goes 30 mins and I have had to jump it 3 times now. I considered optima yellow top but after reading comments it sounds like they are nothing special but high costs.
     
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    I should be getting my Northstar from the group buy shortly. I'll let you know my thoughts.

    Optimas used to be tits, but have heard they were bought out and the new owner bled the brand dry. I have had an old red top that i've had for 10+ years that's still going strong. YMMV
     
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    I think @csuviper did an exhaustive comparison a while back and went with a Northstar AGM.
     
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    They are now made in Mexico, recycled lead is used, and the quality isn't there anymore. 10-12 years ago the yellow tops were not bad. I had a yellow top two years ago and it lasted 1 year. I dumped that darn thing and went to an X2Power. Haven't looked back. My Jeep pulls a lot of amps and cycles the battery a lot, especially when off. The engine fan and transmission fans cycle if the temp is within the limits. My Ford Taurus 3.8L electric fan can pull up to 100a on high. So far, awesome performance.

    https://www.batteriesplus.com/batte...ndra/2015/v8-5.7l-710cca-optional/sli27fagmdp
     
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    That's all you need to know right there.
     
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    The white color alone will add 5 HP, since it is the most powerful color.
     
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    Typical lead acid batteries for vehicles are not meant to be used that way, and as you have discovered it will take a toll on them. Watching movies with your car off for extended periods of time on a regular basis draining your battery down low, is a death sentence for your typical vehicle battery. A good AGM battery may help, but if you really want to use it that way I would suggest doing some research into different types of batteries that can supply a current for electronics over a period time which is completely different than starting your engine.
     
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    I have had good luck with Interstate. I will stick with them until them do me wrong....

    Just put one in my truck a few months ago...

    It also happens to match the color scheme of my truck, ha!

    IMG_20170929_135838414.jpg
     
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    Great thread! Like to have this info for when it's my time. I agree also that Optima batteries have seen better days.
     
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    Question,

    What’s the typical life span of a stock battery? In my past Tundras I changed them out at 4 year mark. I read a few threads on here and see that some guys are switching out earlier?

    Is there a defective batch in some Tundras?
     
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    Optimas used to be made here in Aurora, CO by Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls unfortunately decided to relocate the Optima manufacturing line to Mexico which sucked for the employees big time and Johnson Controls/Optima battery division was a large calibration client at my work. There were the typical re-start up quality issues in Mexico at first several years ago. I recently bought a Yellow Top and I am quite pleased with build quality and amp load. Most important is that re-cycled lead is NOT used as reported. Only pure virgin lead is used. Optima would have been sued big time by now if that were the case since Optima states that 99.99 % pure lead is used. The same now as was used when made in Aurora. Those early complaints after relocation were warranted in some cases but not any more. There are lots of decent AGMs out there at various price points. Some of the best are already mentioned here. Leaving the Optima Red/Blue/Yellow Tops out of the list just doesn't make any sense based upon some early manufacturing issues back in 2009. Still some of the best batteries out there. I guarantee if Toyota ever decides to add another truck plant down south there will be start up issues at first.
     
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    Just bought a Johnson Control from Advanced Auto the other week AGM group 24f.

    I was like $150 or so out the door and I got coupons for future purchases save $60 when spending a hundred and fifty in the future. Which is fine because I need to buy some grease guns grease Mike stock up on some oil might stock up on some tools.

    If I remember correctly it came with the 4-year warranty... maybe 3 I can't remember I'd have to look at the paperwork
     
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    I believe mine came with with the 3 year free replacement. Prorated after that. It's quite possible that a lot of mfrs will move back to US with a 20% tax rate.
     
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    I replaced my 07s OEM battery in 2014 with a Bosch (Exide). The OEM was of course 7 years old and a Johnson Controls. Not sure who makes Toyotas' Tru Start batteries. Battery was still working quite well but thought it was time to change. The Bosch sucked big time so went to AGM. I think the only non AGM I'd go with is Interstate although Interstate makes a decent AGM. DieHard used to be the only battery I would use for years but wouldn't be on my want list anymore.
     
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    I recently found out that if you buy an Optima battery and the new Optima 1200 AGM battery charger at the same time you get an additional year added to the free replacement warranty. Dang it..
     
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    Yeah I didn't feel like spending $100 more for optima personally.

    I think and hope the JC will suit me just fine. IIRC the 24f is a 88ah rating which should be plenty for running accessories with the engine off.
     
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    Nothing wrong with the Yellow Top or any Optima battery. Most of what you hear about Optima is old news and no longer relevant and Optima does use 99.99% pure lead.
     
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    That's a great battery. Very good reviews. And..think about it.. AGM technology is pretty much the same battery to battery. It basically comes down to build quality and how pure the lead is. The good AGMs utilize non recycled virgin lead.Hence the higher costs associated with AGM manufacturing. It was very interesting going to Optimas battery plant here before it closed. Got to see how they were made. We still have a few Optima test batteries at work.
     
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