Like Tree0Likes

Optima batteries

Reply
Old 01-26-2007, 09:59 AM
  #21
VIP Member
VIP Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA/1000 Islands
My Boats: 25' Powerplay
Posts: 286
Default Re: Optima batteries

[QUOTE=pstorti;2002026]I don't agree when i had regular lead acid batteries I was always adding water to them and they wouldn't last much longer than 1 year.

I have had the same battery in one boat going on it's 5th year, DEKA. The other boat has a Walmart batt and it's going on the 3 rd yr. Being in the north during the winter months they sit on battery tenders all winter. Prior to placing on the tender I add distilled water if required.
t-islands is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2007, 10:15 AM
  #22
Forum Regulator
VIP Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
Sydwayz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Worldwide
My Boats: 17' Speedliner Cat & O.P.B.
Posts: 21,920
Default Re: Optima batteries

I swapped from the 2 deep cycle factory batteries to 4 Blue Top Optimas. I like them a lot.

ADV:
They are smaller.
They are lighter.
They have much better (more solid and more aesthetic) mounting box options.
They are more powerful, and built to withstand a pounding.

DISADV:
They are expensive.
You can't find them everywhere in stock if you need one in a hurry.
Getting them into their mounting box takes a while, especially in tight quarters, (but once they are in, they are NOT going anywhere).
Sydwayz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2007, 11:55 AM
  #23
Charter Member #139 /Moderator/Platinum Member
Charter Member
 
klaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: McHenry IL /Duck Key FL
My Boats: 1989 Cigarette Bullet cig 20 resto mod
Posts: 2,201
Default Re: Optima batteries

Quote:
Originally Posted by DRIPPINWETII View Post
You should check out their website. There is alot of info on cold cranking amps. They rate test theirs down to 7.2volts where as the other manufacturer's 11.5volts. Thus the lower cca.
will check it out
__________________
Kept the Bullet and the condo and joined the cig 20 restoration club.
klaw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2007, 11:59 AM
  #24
Charter Member #139 /Moderator/Platinum Member
Charter Member
 
klaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: McHenry IL /Duck Key FL
My Boats: 1989 Cigarette Bullet cig 20 resto mod
Posts: 2,201
Default Re: Optima batteries

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve H View Post
I sell batteries. Optima batteries are excellent. So are Trojan AGM's. The main problem is if you let them go completely dead you have hit hard with a large charger. A ten amp charger won't get them up from dead. You got to use at least 20 or more at first. Then after they are up a bit, you can use less amperage. I think this causes people to think they have a bad one when realy they don't.

this is good info I have one in the garage I thought went south will try a different charger on it
Problem with my smart charger is it doesnot have a manual mode and will shut of very quikly if it doesnot see a voltage. So if battery is completly dead wont charge ist My manual charger only goes to 10 amps

What type of charger do you use?
__________________
Kept the Bullet and the condo and joined the cig 20 restoration club.
klaw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2007, 12:10 PM
  #25
Forum Regulator
VIP Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
Sydwayz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Worldwide
My Boats: 17' Speedliner Cat & O.P.B.
Posts: 21,920
Default Re: Optima batteries

Also, do not set your batteries directly on concrete while they are stored, (garage/basement). Set them on a shelf/2x4s, etc.
For some reason, concrete drains batteries, even when you have the trickle chargers hooked up.
Sydwayz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2007, 06:41 PM
  #26
Registered
 
99fever27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Washington
My Boats: TBD
Posts: 1,537
Default Re: Optima batteries

What is the average weight savings of the Optima battery?
99fever27 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2007, 11:55 AM
  #27
Warped & Twisted Member
Platinum Member
 
Jamie B.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: 4 Miles Offshore, IL
My Boats: Cigarette Top Gun w/ V6's and Maxum 3000 SCR
Posts: 2,117
Smile

I'm sure everyone might already know this, but just mentioning that for marine use, the Blue Tops are the most appropriate, not the Red Tops or the Yellow Tops ( those are more for automotive uses ).
Jamie B. is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2007, 12:17 PM
  #28
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
 
Viper31's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Millersville,MD
Posts: 380
Default Re: Optima batteries

I have found on lead/acid batteries that keeping a "Battery Tender" connected to them adds about 2 years to their usefull life. I use the tenders on my boat, hot rod and even my garden tractor. Check and add distilled water yearly as needed of course.

I have some friends who swear by the Odyssey batteries but I have not found any battery boxes made for them. Check em out.

http://www.enersysreservepower.com/ody_b.asp?brandID=5
Viper31 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2007, 08:51 PM
  #29
Registered
 
Rebel_Heart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: LOTO
My Boats: Fountain - 2001 35 Classic, Nortech - 2015 340 Sport Open
Posts: 1,173
Default Re: Optima batteries

I'm on my third blue top in 2 years. What a waste of money. I bought one to run my stereo, but I can't keep it charged. I now have my current one on a battery warmer for the winter. We'll see if this works. Next time - just a another series 7 will do.
Rebel_Heart is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2007, 10:24 PM
  #30
Registered
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Cincinnati, OH
My Boats: 2012 Proboat MG29
Posts: 710
Default Re: Optima batteries

We had 2 blue tops in our 35 Fountain. I think the way the boat was wired (house power from on battery, trim and tabs on the other) continually crippled the one battery after only a short period of time. Fought with it for about 2 months trying to get it to take/hold a charge. Was informed about the specific way to "bring it back to life" and that didn't work. Even took it to an Interstate Battery rep and let them fool with it, to see if it would charge. They warranty replaced it. When I got the new one, I gave that one away and replaced both with plain old lead acid batteries. I took the other one to Autozone to "dispose" of it, or whatever they wanted to do with it. Only time in 14 years of boating that I had battery troubles at the launch ramp ... never again!

Last edited by bob_t; 01-28-2007 at 10:29 PM.
bob_t is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
gofastlvr
Fountain
11
03-09-2008 08:30 PM
mopower
General Q & A
4
03-18-2005 05:03 PM
Cruz-N-Thunder
General Q & A
3
03-10-2005 10:11 PM
outriggers
General Q & A
4
07-06-2004 08:56 AM
FlyFast
General Q & A
3
07-12-2003 10:44 AM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:39 AM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.