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Old March 17th, 2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Best battery for a vehicle that sits alot?
I've heard a marine battery would be the way to go for something like this and possibly a battery tender?

What do you have/use for a situation like this?

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Old March 17th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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I use an AC/Delco professional gold series battery with a cheap wal-mart tender. Seems to work pretty well. Only problem I have is when I forget to plug it in.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #3
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I have a very old (maybe when they were still good) yellowtop optima, which is a deep cycle. It has been moved from vehicle to vehicle, ones that sit like you describe, and its always held a charge. I even aciddently left a map light on for a week in my Jeep with it at the airport and it still fired right up. I was impressed!
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A battery tender is key I have found. If it is sitting outside I pull it and bring it into the basement and put a tender on it. This can make battery live for a very long time.
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A battery tender is key I have found. If it is sitting outside I pull it and bring it into the basement and put a tender on it. This can make battery live for a very long time.
This x100

No battery is measurably better than another for sitting long periods. It is a crap shoot. But add a battery tender and it will last as long or longer than a battery that does not sit.

I have quite a few tenders and use them on the boat, sleds, atvs, etc. The battery in my 2002 4 wheeler is original, it sits upwards of 4 months+ without being started each winter.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #6
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I have a diehard in my 02 ram. It sits a lot I only drive it about 3000 miles a years. The battery was put in about 06 and when I stopped using it as often I bought a $5.00 (with coupon) float charger from HF and have had no problems starting it after sitting long periods of time. I also have one on my harley my boat and my jeep. IMO it's the maintainer that makes the difference when letting them sit.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:18 AM   #7
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hf mini smart charger, hard wired to the battery. plug it in when not in use. always full and ready to roll. found the charger on sale for 3.99.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:25 AM   #8
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A battery tender is key I have found. If it is sitting outside I pull it and bring it into the basement and put a tender on it. This can make battery live for a very long time.
X2

I have never bought an expensive battery, yet i have had them last for years, some abused and some on tenders.

We have some vehicles that have the solar tender setups on them. I dont know how well they work, but i dont think ive ever seen a battery go bad since I've been there
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I have a mustang that set for 2 years with a cheap new auto zone battery in it that started first try last fall although it has a battery disconnect switch in it so no possibility of any draw.
My Jeep I leave on a battery tender.
Our fork truck at work that gets used 10 minutes a week would kill a battery a year until I installed a tender on it, its now lasted 4yrs.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:34 AM   #10
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Napa battery with a solar maintainer
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My offroad jeep sits for several weeks to a month at a time. I have a sears platinum P-2 and never have an issue with it starting. I would recommend a battery switch so you can turn of the battery so that electronics do not slowly drain it. The battery is expensive but it comes with a 100 month (8+ years ) warranty with full replacement for the first 4 years. They are made by Oddessy are cheaper than oddessy, and are gel cell batteries.
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Thanks for the relys. What about marine batteries, anyone using one for a vehicle that sits??

Also, what type of battery charger? The battery tender brand or harbor freight brand. Either better?
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Marine batteries Are usually too large for stock fitment unless that's not an issue. Personally I'd try the HF till it takes a crap then go battery tender. Might get lucky and get a few years out of it
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Thanks for the relys. What about marine batteries, anyone using one for a vehicle that sits??

Also, what type of battery charger? The battery tender brand or harbor freight brand. Either better?
Does the vehicle see sun or stored indoors? Cause you can get a solar battery charger/tender/maintainer for about $35 for a good one and let it sit on the dash...
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I just priced batteries for my super duty and Costco had the best price and warranty I could find. Shit that sits for long periods of time gets put on a battery tender
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not to get to far off topic but are the Optima or AGM marine batteries any better then standard marine batteries?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #17
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Die Hard Platinum. up to a 4 year shelf life they say, mine seems to be holding up.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:01 PM   #18
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"Marine batteries" I assume you mean deep cycle? If that is the case they are just meant to be drawn down to 50-60% repeatedly with out harm to the plates. They usually take longer to charge because they have been drawn down so low. Normal car batteries are meant for a quick draw down and quick recharge.

For your needs don't waste your money on the "marine" battery just get a battery tender for cheap or a battery switch. Or just plain disconnect it it takes what 5 minutes? Unless your worried about resetting your presets and what not?
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