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#11039017 - 08/13/15 06:52 AM Got an Optima battery
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Registered: 08/27/08
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So my starting battery went out last time fishing. Kinda ticked me off because it was a Duralast and only lasted 26 months - I could not find my receipt but the date sticker said June 2013. So went to Autozone and the guy convinced me to buy an Optima blue top. It cost me $220 (after core replacement) and comes with 2 year warranty. The guy said these batteries have been known to last 5-6years. We will see. I am hoping this is true because I've never spent that much on a battery.
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#11039295 - 08/13/15 09:20 AM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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Registered: 03/20/12
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I had a red top in my jeep it lasted 7 years. No joke! But that's when they were being made in the states. It's south of the border now. But I have them in both my cars and my wifes car going on 4 years now and 3-1/2 on my jeep. Also I bought a battery from Orielly's super start. Man good batteries. Going on 3 years now. Sealed acid battery. Just don't ever let them de charge really low, and get a AGM charger it can save them sometimes if they get to low on charge.
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#11040153 - 08/13/15 04:05 PM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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Loc: Navasota, TX
I hav been thinking about getting an Optima trolling motor battery. Any comments on them?
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#11040167 - 08/13/15 04:13 PM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: shootisttx]
kent52 Offline
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Registered: 02/09/09
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I switched to them this year. Very good so far. No problems, last all day and charge fast.

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#11046508 - 08/17/15 07:16 AM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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I have three dated 2009 running my trolling motor minnkota 101 still pushing strong lasting all day in the wind. No problems with them yet... banana

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#11046601 - 08/17/15 08:32 AM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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Optmimas are all I use on my boat! My cranking battery lasted 7 years. I have had a trolling motor battery that only lasted a couple of years! Be sure your battery charger has an AGM setting on it!

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#11046916 - 08/17/15 11:05 AM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: Couples Team]
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Originally Posted By: Couples Team
Optmimas are all I use on my boat! My cranking battery lasted 7 years. I have had a trolling motor battery that only lasted a couple of years! Be sure your battery charger has an AGM setting on it!


^^^^^^^ Ditto especially on the correct charging setting...
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#11047015 - 08/17/15 11:48 AM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: RudyDep]
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Originally Posted By: RudyDep
Originally Posted By: Couples Team
Optmimas are all I use on my boat! My cranking battery lasted 7 years. I have had a trolling motor battery that only lasted a couple of years! Be sure your battery charger has an AGM setting on it!


^^^^^^^ Ditto especially on the correct charging setting...

Wow, 7 years is crazy.

Not sure if my charger has AGM setting or not. It's a Minn-Kota, on-board, 3-plug/3-battery charger with green/yellow lights. I am worried about it, though, because before my old cranking battery went out --- the one I just replaced with the Optima --- the lights on all three batteries showed to be fully charged on the morning I went out fishing. Surely it would not have charged to full/green if this particular battery was bad???
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#11047076 - 08/17/15 12:11 PM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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All of the newer Minn Kota chargers have an AGM setting built in to it! I've had mine for about 4 years! If your not sure about your on board charger, then get an external charger with an AGM setting and charge or check your batteries that way!

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#11047100 - 08/17/15 12:18 PM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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#11047101 - 08/17/15 12:19 PM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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#11047168 - 08/17/15 12:46 PM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
Mustang3475 Offline
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Registered: 04/19/15
Posts: 113
Loc: Cypress,TX
I just replaced an Optima blue top cranking battery that was 11 years old this weekend...couldn't believe it when I saw the date code. Trolling batteries are 6 years old, and have no issue.
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#11048673 - 08/18/15 08:30 AM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
Dr. Drop Offline
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Registered: 11/19/14
Posts: 86
Loc: Lake Fork,TX.
Just changed out my optima cranking battery. It was 9 years old.
It was still cranking the big Merc, running live well aerators all day long in the summer, and powering three Lowrance touchscreens with two GPS pucks. Only reason I changed it out was I got scared it was going to lay down on me. Not having to jack with battery acid is worth the extra money to me.

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#11048721 - 08/18/15 08:50 AM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: Mustang3475]
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There are two sizes in that particular blue top, sounds like you got the big one. It's a beast, should last many many yrs.. You'll be glad you got it thumb
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#11052464 - 08/19/15 09:33 PM Re: Got an Optima battery [Re: bigtexnick]
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Registered: 08/10/13
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Loc: Wortham, Tx
Get on my level... $1000 for the 12V and $1200 for the 24V

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