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Old 04-15-2003, 10:22 AM
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Looking to replace the batteries on my 25 ' Powerplay. I've been looking at the sealed gel batteries. They are about twice what a normal battery runs. Is it worth it ? Any suggestions ?
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Old 04-15-2003, 10:34 AM
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I've got an interstate in my boat. Take it out every winter and slow charge it at the beginning of the season, 3 years old, (crossing my fingers).

The Gel cell are the ticket, may try one when the present battery goes.
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Old 04-15-2003, 10:45 AM
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I've tried them all and everyone has an opinion but the gel cells are killer if you charge them slow they will last forever ,they don't have alot of cold cranking amps most of the time ,but as a starter battery their great !!
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I use interstate here never had a problem or complaint yet!
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The best battery I have ever used is the Stinger by AAMP of America. They are made in the same plant as the Ultima's but they are a newer technology that give MUCH more CCA and also lasts longer. The cost is VERY high however.

Ultima's are good also. They seem to have a high defect rate but they do seem to take care of warrantee issues. They last well and the good thing is you can get custom battery holders for them.

Other then that believe it or not the Autozone batteries have worked well for me in all aplications. They are of course a standard acid battery.
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I'm about to purchase new Blue Gel OPTIMA deep cycle batteries - I hope there worth it $$$$ ?? Mainly for longer play time on the tunes. I'll let you know soon how long they last...
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I have dual batteries in my 97 diesel truck and have Optimas I bought well over a year ago and they spin that starter like it's still a new truck. Although they were over $300 for the pair, I most likely won't buy anything different than these for a replacement. Nothing wears out a starter and electrical system any faster than low battery power!
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I ran an Optima red top in my Jeep for 5 years. Hard use including a lot of winching. It's now 7 years old and dead. I let it run down as I didn't use it for two years as it sat in the Jeep and it won't take a charge. I liked it for the fact that it didn't leak at all. 7 year old and looks new. I bet that if I kept it charged it would still work now. When you look at how long they last, it doesn't seem as expensive. Go with gel IMO.
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Optima here since 1999 and no problems.
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They just started carrying the new gel type by Exide at a good price!

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