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Old December 26th, 2005, 04:14 PM   #1
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Forgive the stupidity. I am re-hooking my winch and recall that either the top posts or the side posts of an optima battery are supposed to provide better power (ie, better for running a winch). Does anyone recall which posts I should hook my winch to?

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top never ever hook a high amp draw load to the side posts of an Optima battery they are only sodered on.
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From optima's site:

http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...logy/tips.html

Suggestions for connecting batteries in parallel


Use batteries of identical make, model, and age.
Make sure cable gauge is sufficient to handle the higher current flow.
Prevent cables from shorting (do not allow them to rub against the vehicle body).
Use only high quality connectors, clean all contacts prior to installation.
Periodically check all connections for snugness.
If you are unsure of this procedure, contact your automotive service center.


Battery installation tips


Ensure that the battery is properly secured in the vehicle or equipment to prevent movement or vibration wear. Do not over tighten the hold down bracket, this can damage the plastic case.
Connect high amperage accessories such as a winch to the top terminals only. Do NOT use the side terminals.
Replace any cables and connectors that have corrosion, rust, or other damage.
Do not install batteries in a non-ventilated or sealed compartment.
Do not lift or handle the batteries by the terminals.
Do not over tighten terminal bolts, the following values are recommended:SAE automotive terminal:50-70 inch-lb.Side terminal (3/8" nut):70 inch-lb.Threaded stud terminal:120-180 inch-lb.
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From optima's site:

http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...logy/tips.html

Suggestions for connecting batteries in parallel


Use batteries of identical make, model, and age.
Make sure cable gauge is sufficient to handle the higher current flow.
Prevent cables from shorting (do not allow them to rub against the vehicle body).
Use only high quality connectors, clean all contacts prior to installation.
Periodically check all connections for snugness.
If you are unsure of this procedure, contact your automotive service center.


Battery installation tips


Ensure that the battery is properly secured in the vehicle or equipment to prevent movement or vibration wear. Do not over tighten the hold down bracket, this can damage the plastic case.
Connect high amperage accessories such as a winch to the top terminals only. Do NOT use the side terminals.
Replace any cables and connectors that have corrosion, rust, or other damage.
Do not install batteries in a non-ventilated or sealed compartment.
Do not lift or handle the batteries by the terminals.
Do not over tighten terminal bolts, the following values are recommended:SAE automotive terminal:50-70 inch-lb.Side terminal (3/8" nut):70 inch-lb.Threaded stud terminal:120-180 inch-lb.
So what happens if you parallel link an older deep cycle yellow top to a new red top?
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