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Old December 23rd, 2007, 10:04 PM   #21
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I think that theoretically blue is marine.

I originally bought it as the primary starting battery for my last boat and changed it out when I sold it.

But the way I see it, a marine battery is a starting battery sized to crank a big block marine engine, hold up under infrequent use and tolerate rough water - good for a non-DD Jeep.
my f-350 had a marine trolling battery cranking a 460 when i bought it :tonka:
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 10:09 PM   #22
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I'm not sure what I would buy, but no way in hell I would spend the money on an Optima again.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 10:42 PM   #23
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Never had any issues with a Red Top, and I use my winches pretty hard...
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 10:47 PM   #24
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I have an Optima red top dual terminal battery in my Jeep. Top 2 are posts and side 2 are threaded. It's been in service for around 4 years without a glitch. If you are using a 4 post battery be sure to hook your winch up to the top 2 posts as the side terminals aren't rated for the potential amp draw of a winch. I swapped all my Jeep's power cables to the side terminals and the winch gets the top 2 posts solo. Like I said before...not a problem in the 4 years its been in there.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 06:14 AM   #25
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I also have a red top in my TJ and the cheapest battery I could find at Wally World, they both perform the same.. :tonka:
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Old December 24th, 2007, 10:21 AM   #26
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after three junk yellow tops, I have switched to an orbital. no problems yet, and I've even left my key on twice (once for 2 weeks( where the battery was completely drained. Took a charge no problem
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Old December 24th, 2007, 10:54 AM   #27
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after three junk yellow tops, I have switched to an orbital. no problems yet, and I've even left my key on twice (once for 2 weeks( where the battery was completely drained. Took a charge no problem
what battery's do your generators have in them?

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Old December 24th, 2007, 11:35 AM   #28
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Exide orbital.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 12:03 PM   #29
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I like dune coon's grey top.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #30
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after three junk yellow tops, I have switched to an orbital. no problems yet, and I've even left my key on twice (once for 2 weeks( where the battery was completely drained. Took a charge no problem
I put an Exide Orbital in my tow rig when they first came out, and it didn't last a year.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 01:14 PM   #31
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The odyssey batteries seem to be good I am using the pc1500.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 03:44 PM   #32
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No one local had the red top in the higher CCA models, so I went with a yellow top d34-78
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Old January 4th, 2008, 07:41 AM   #33
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What did you pay for the yellow top out the door price. If you dont mind me asking?
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Old January 4th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #34
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FWIW:

Red tops are for general use high CCA but not deep discharge

yellow tops are meant for deep discharge use and have slightly less CCA than red tops.

Blue tops are long term deep cycle usage for marine/RV's. They are not meant for deep discharge. They simply are meant to hold a charge longer without charging.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 10:49 AM   #35
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never again will I waste my cash on an optima. put a red top in and the thing would not even come close to cranking my sbc. left me stranded so many times and can't even remember. in the winter if you let it sit in the jeep overnight in the garage it would have .25" ice on it in the morning and be completely dead. put the 1000 cca die hard rangehandler back in and it can sit a month in the winter and still fire up the motor. ironically I gave the pooptima to my brother in law and he used it for years with no issues at all.
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what battery's do your generators have in them?

just curious
Life support or hospital grade generators have sealed gell pack batteries. Home standby generators get cheap deka's.

Both kind of batteries have trickle chargers, so the batteries very rarely go bad, unless the battery charger fails
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Old January 5th, 2008, 02:43 PM   #37
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I put a exide orbital in my 03 silverado and I am not very happy.
If i leave my laptop in my truck for over 2 hours my battery is dead and if I leave my ryobi charger plugged in my battery is dead in the morning. On a side note before the stock battery quit working it did not have a problem like this. Also I had a yellow top in my jeep that I would leave the laptop in all night and it would still start fine.

I have taken the battery in to be checked and they say it is fine so I will not buy another exide.
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