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#11703237 - 07/03/16 10:02 PM Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!?
361V Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
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The battery topic has been worn out on the TFF for a while now. I decided to test the waters and bought 3 new EverStart 29DC deep cycles for $100 each to replace the $300 each Optima Blue Tops. While these look like conventional batteries they say "Maintainence Free" clearly on the batteries. Are these in fact maintainence free? Thank you, 361v.


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#11703273 - 07/03/16 10:26 PM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!?out [Re: 361V]
bullwinkle Offline
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Registered: 01/30/08
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Loc: Burleson, Texas
Just replaced my 6 year old Optima Blue Tops, D31M, with new ones. Got them from Street Side Auto for $218.00 each, No tax, free shipping.
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#11703304 - 07/03/16 10:42 PM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!?out [Re: 361V]
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I bought 2 Wally world Ever Maxx batteries about 2 yrs. ago. the first one cr@$pped out in 8 months. They only had the everstart (1 yr. free replacement)not the maxx (2 yr. free replacement)when I went in to get it replaced, so I went ahead and got it. It lasted 3 months. I have the latest and greatest on board chargers and thought the batteries would last longer than they did. I gave up on them because they mount under my center console and are a royal PIA to replace. So I went with blue tops.
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#11703343 - 07/03/16 11:14 PM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!?out [Re: 361V]
RL206 Offline
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Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 761
Loc: Fate Texas
You have to add water when it gets low. They will go bad right around the time the warranty is up.

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#11703374 - 07/03/16 11:53 PM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
El Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 06/22/12
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Loc: Kissimmee,FL
As stated above water will need to be added., just jeep an eye on the level,make dang sure you only add
Distilled water. Presently on my second set of 29's. First set lasted 3.5 years. I take a voltmeter when battery shopping, test every battery while looking for freshest date. I' ve pulled out every one before and even the freshest date weren't reading fully charged 12.65-70. So it's imperative to check not only date, but it's voltage as well to ensure longevity.

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#11703390 - 07/04/16 12:03 AM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
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Registered: 10/05/10
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I have had good luck out of Everstarts and will continue running them I have 2011s in my boat right now and they still work great. I'm sure I'll need to replace them by the end of the year, but imo you can't beat the price and when one goes out your normally just around the corner from a walmart.
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#11703396 - 07/04/16 12:08 AM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
Bill Durham Offline
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Registered: 11/10/12
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Loc: Crowley
+1 on checking the water. In the Texas heat it will evaporate really fast and if you cook it out with a charger, its done. I think that is true of any lead acid battery, not just Wal-Mart.

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#11703475 - 07/04/16 07:01 AM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
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Registered: 02/28/04
Posts: 14120
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I use the Everstarts and maintain the water levels. I've always had good luck with them. They last me approx 3 years and more sometimes, and I don't have to break the bank when they need to be replaced.
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#11703516 - 07/04/16 07:35 AM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
snickers Online   content
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Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 3551
It is all I use. And they are all I will ever use. Mine are 3 years old now and I use them all the time. In 10 years I have had 2 go bad and got free replacement on both of them. My boat stays in AC building so my water levels stay good and I never have to add water.

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#11703612 - 07/04/16 08:36 AM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
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Registered: 10/10/06
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Loc: Sulphur Springs TX
I have ran and used just about every kind of battery out there in 34 years of guiding and put them through over 250 days of year abuse.Nothing is Maintainence FREE.IMO

I will say the Ever start Maxx is one of the best. As mentioned earlier you must keep a eye on water/acid level.

On board chargers will boil them down to nothing and battery will go bad no matter who makes it.

I add water 2-3 times a year. In fact if you think your battery is bad, before you replace it check the water level and if low fill it and recharge it before you go buy another battery.

You may not even need a battery just maintainence on the one you have.


Edited by Lake Fork Guide Marc Mitchell (07/04/16 08:43 AM)
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#11703656 - 07/04/16 09:11 AM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
STEVE B Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
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Loc: odessa tx
Ive had my everstarts since 2008, never done anything but charge after each use. Like the energizer bunny. Still going.
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#11703823 - 07/04/16 11:16 AM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
Cobra190 Offline
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Registered: 06/11/13
Posts: 73
Loc: Rusk, America
I got no complaints with anything Walmart. I've used the maxx 29's for as long as I can remember dating back to the early 80's. Great value as far as I'm concerned. Charge 'em asap following a trip, check the water, you should be good to go.

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#11704081 - 07/04/16 02:15 PM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
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Registered: 12/05/04
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Loc: Fort Worth
Just bought one today. It's my first ever start.

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#11704128 - 07/04/16 02:49 PM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: 361V]
JacksonBean Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 3163
Loc: Greenville, TX
I've gone from the Optima blue tops to the Wally World specials. I was cooking blue tops at almost the same rate so it was hard to justify the difference in cost. I've realized I need new batteries every 2 or 3 years no matter the brand. I did get a blue top for my starting battery but this will be my last one. I'm already having to jump it off after 2 months. bang

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#11704240 - 07/04/16 04:10 PM Re: Walmart EverStart Deep Cycles!? [Re: JacksonBean]
salex Offline
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Registered: 03/24/09
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Loc: NE Texas
Originally Posted By: JacksonBean
I've realized I need new batteries every 2 or 3 years no matter the brand


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