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Old 11-26-2004, 00:13   #1 (permalink)
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Car batteries, which brand, why.

With car batteries, which would you guys consider to be the best out there?
Some people seem to think "well a battery is the same as the next" when infact they make a difference to the life of your electronics, to some extent the altinator and general life expectancy of the battery itself.

Now with the billion and 1 brands out there trying to flog off there "ultra mega special super awesome wicked sick heavy duty" batteries for 20 dollars, its sometimes hard to flick through the pack to find one that actually is a step above the rest, and at a competative price.

Which do you use and which would you consider to be the best of the bunch?
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I run a Optima dry cell , deep cycle battery.
900 CCA & a damn good investment
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Old 11-26-2004, 02:25   #3 (permalink)
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What would that set you back mate?
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From memory 2 yrs ago around the $200 range
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Old 11-26-2004, 05:49   #5 (permalink)
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bah, too much :(
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$200!! That's cheap-as for an Optima! Most good dry cell/AGM cost anywhere $300-$600 but are worthwhile IMHO.

If you're after a cheaper alternative then you'll have to go a conventional wet cell battery. IMHO Exide or Century(/Yussa) are the ones to go for - Aussie made and good quality. Infact I'm uncertain of where Exides are now made as they are owned by GNB now but I think they're still Aussie - Century definatley are and are very good. No others are Aussie made now that I know of. Ford use Exide (GNB) from factory in the Falcons BTW.

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What do you mean by dry cell, no need to fill it up with distilled water?
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Yeah that's right - dry cell means fully sealed (well, virtually - they still have a pressure release vavle for venting under extreme circumstances) and no liquid inside (unless you call gell/paste a liquid). No physical maintenace is ever required and they don't vent gas under normal operating conditions. They can be used on their side or even upside down for some and they tend to have deep-cycle characteristics (can withstand repeated deep discharge) and aren't real bothered by vibration or heat etc. so much and last longer than wet cells. AGM (Absorbed Glass Matt) is a variation on this whereby electrolyte is suspended in glass fibre matts rather than the other common type which are gel cells where electrolyte is simply in gel form between the plates.
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 11-28-2004, 03:36   #10 (permalink)
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Century batteries are made in Brisbane and they also make the Bosch batteries under licence to their specs. Excides are now inported cheapies.
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