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#12788607 - 06/11/18 08:26 PM Optima Battery question
cajunbass Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/01/06
Posts: 376
Loc: dallas,tx
What type/size optima do yall run for cranking and electronics combined on Bass boat for those of you that use them them?

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#12788626 - 06/11/18 08:39 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Used them for about a season. Not a fan

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#12788627 - 06/11/18 08:40 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
Jaret Latta Offline
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If using for dual purpose I suggest a 31 series though

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#12788633 - 06/11/18 08:43 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
cajunbass Offline
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Registered: 09/01/06
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Loc: dallas,tx
31 M ? Why not a fan?

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#12788637 - 06/11/18 08:47 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: Jaret Latta]
WackySenko Offline
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Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 1189
Originally Posted By: Jaret Latta
Used them for about a season. Not a fan


Me either. Never got more than about a year extra out of em at double the cost.
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#12788682 - 06/11/18 09:14 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
Jaret Latta Offline
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For the price best trolling motor AGM battery is a Duracell AGM 31 series from Sam's club at $179. For a value dual purpose, the exide mega cycle AGM 31 has held up running 2 mega 12's, 2 power poles, pumps all day and an 1197 up front. Still no issues cranking a 250 etec at the end of the day

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#12788693 - 06/11/18 09:19 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
aggieangler03 Offline
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Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 507
Loc: Mineral Wells, Texas
31 series. I bought a 2002 boat with 4 31 Optimas in it in 2005. I don’t know how old they were when I got it but 7 years later I replaced the cranking battery. I can’t believe how long they lasted.

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#12788730 - 06/11/18 09:52 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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I've had mine (same ones) in two different boats. So far. Excellent batteries. I have a group 35DM on my motor, a group 27 on my electronics that's charged via the motors built in isolator, and two group 31's on my Ultrex. I use a 4 bank charger every time I park the trailer .....every time. And I only unplug the boat to go fishing.

I think if you take care of them, they can last a very long time.
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#12788741 - 06/11/18 10:05 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
cajunbass Offline
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Registered: 09/01/06
Posts: 376
Loc: dallas,tx
thanks for the input. ive had everything else. might as well try it and see

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#12788745 - 06/11/18 10:06 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
sprigsss Offline
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Registered: 02/11/11
Posts: 588
Loc: Snyder, TX
I have 4 D31M.

I do same as Steez, boat always plugged in. Batteries only 3+ years old but haven’t ran them down yet.

Have spent a few weekends at places where I couldn’t charge batteries all weekend, still as strong when I left as they were when I arrived.

I have no experience with other AGMs so can’t say the blue tops are better, but I have no regrets.

My first trip out with them I blew a fuse for EFI 4+ miles from launch. Had to troll back into a stiff wind about 3 of those miles then cross wind. This was after fishing for several hours beforehand. Have been more than impressed with them.

Yeah I learned there were fuses under Cowling after we trolled back, had a spare and everything.


Edited by sprigsss (06/11/18 10:09 PM)

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#12788753 - 06/11/18 10:14 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
Jeff From Iowa Online   content
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Registered: 01/07/18
Posts: 212
I have had optima last 7 years and I stuck them in other stuff to get rid of them.. always plugged in. Not sure why people are always bagging on them.

That said I have this now and its powering me all day, 4 helix 12inch, 360, livewells, etc. It was in my boat when I got it and a semi pro fisherman told me its hands down the best out there for my needs. So far hes been right.

https://www.batteriesplus.com/Battery/Marine-and-Boat/Deep-Cycle/BCI-Group-31M/SLI31AGMDPM
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#12788762 - 06/11/18 10:29 PM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
WackySenko Offline
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Registered: 05/14/07
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Not 'bagging' on them. Just my experience. Ran deka's in my diesel truck, Optima in a car, Optima in my boat. All got about an extra year or maybe a little more than my lead acids at 2-2.5 the price. They're better. They're just not that much better.
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#12788912 - 06/12/18 06:55 AM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
The best on the market in my opinion is an Odyssey pc2150 for dual purpose cranking. For trolling motor, you have more options and lots of batteries are manufactured by the same company. Duracell is made by Deka, etc

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#12788971 - 06/12/18 07:59 AM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
9094 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 7547
Loc: Albany
I had a trio still running strong after 7 years when I sold my last boat.
I will replace the ones in my new boat with blue tops when the time comes

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#12791607 - 06/14/18 08:38 AM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
toledo puma Offline
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Registered: 05/02/16
Posts: 102
I run the 31m blue top series. Great batteries. Never a problem

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#12791685 - 06/14/18 09:26 AM Re: Optima Battery question [Re: cajunbass]
Neches Offline
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Registered: 04/06/10
Posts: 1151
My cranking bat is a blue top 31, 7 yrs old and showing no sign of quitting. After 7 yrs it’s just as strong now as it was when it was new. Maybe I just got a good one. But right now I’m a believer.

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