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Ta Tonka
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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2018, 04:18:21 AM »



Yep.  The packaging, directions, customer service (if you even need it) is awesome.  Look, I dont gush on stuff... but its very nice. Especially for something people should never see.   The harder part was selecting the batteries, which make this a double bite on the buck... I ended up going AA platinum agm 34s,  saved a ton over optimas.


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Ill look at those batteries. Whered you pick them up? Have a link?


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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2018, 05:38:24 AM »



https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/autocraft-platinum-agm-battery-group-size-34-740-cca-34-agm/10310829-P?cm_mmc=ET-_-Trans-_-Confirmation-_-General#utm_source=et&utm_medium=trans&utm_campaign=confirmation&utm_content=general

See the 25% coupon, you just have to do two transactions... one thing to note is there are still old versions of this battery out in the world... I had to cancel one of the transactions and drive to another store to get the new version. 

This was a tough decision for me... Optima or odyssey with negative reviews based on high price and short life or a generic agm battery with a similar expected life span at about half the price?   I tend to think that the reviews are skewed by angry people on things like batteries...  And there were just too many things I needed (wanted), to overspend on brand name batteries... hopefully, it doesnt bite me down the road, but Im not too worried about it.

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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2018, 08:07:30 AM »

I have had very good luck with the Duracell deep cycle batteries over the last 10 years. They are less than half the price of other brands and last as long or longer than Trojan, Die Hard or others ...

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/duracell-agm-deep-cycle-marine-and-rv-battery-group-size-sl34magm/prod3590225.ip?xid=plp_product_1_2

Note - I am very hard on marine batteries repeatedly drawing them down to close 50%. I am on my 5th season with the set I have now. I am not that hard on starter batteries so I can not speak to how well they hold up compared to others.

I am not sure how you will be using the dual battery set up but "cycling" a battery shortens the life significantly so select your battery type based on your usage --- agm, gel, lead acid, etc. as well as starting (std) vs. deep cycle.

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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2018, 11:36:00 AM »

I have had very good luck with the Duracell deep cycle batteries over the last 10 years. They are less than half the price of other brands and last as long or longer than Trojan, Die Hard or others ...

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/duracell-agm-deep-cycle-marine-and-rv-battery-group-size-sl34magm/prod3590225.ip?xid=plp_product_1_2

Note - I am very hard on marine batteries repeatedly drawing them down to close 50%. I am on my 5th season with the set I have now. I am not that hard on starter batteries so I can not speak to how well they hold up compared to others.

I am not sure how you will be using the dual battery set up but "cycling" a battery shortens the life significantly so select your battery type based on your usage --- agm, gel, lead acid, etc. as well as starting (std) vs. deep cycle.

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So Im doing this for 2 purposes... sparing my starter battery when winching or using bumper mounted lights, and also to serve as a power source when camping. Ill admit that most of the time Ive committed to research so far was spent looking at dual battery systems and not the batteries themselves. I had been thinking Id default to the recommended   Optima / Odyssey batts... but it looks like I have more homework to do. Which kind would you recommend based on my description of intended use above?


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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2018, 12:37:20 PM »

I recently replaced the battery in my wife's JK, I was going to get the Duracell Rattletrap mentions above, which is a very good battery manufactured by East Penn Maufacturing in Pennsylvannia, but can be hard to find locally (Batteries Plus Carries them, but doesn't keep much of a stock, and I'm not a Sam's club member)

Since I was in a hurry, and couldn't find one closer than Manassas, I ended up going with a Champion AGM instead... Not as good a brand as the Duracell, but pretty inexpensive for an AGM;

https://www.pepboys.com/champion-agm-battery/product/2071686?quantity=1

I also put one of the Autocraft Platinums like BoomStick mentions in my Ambo/Camper as a "house" battery,  I really abuse that one, (Run it down to dead while camping regularly) and it's been working finne for 2 years..

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« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2018, 03:26:46 PM »

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/best-agm-batteries-on-the-market-2264585.html?t=2264585#/topics/2264585?page=3

This thread has a great summary and lots of other thread links on batteries.


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« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2018, 05:08:45 PM »

Almost done. Got a great discount on Optimas so went with them.


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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2018, 05:44:53 PM »

Almost done. Got a great discount on Optimas so went with them.


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« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2018, 08:13:37 AM »

Where did you find discounted Optimas?

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« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2018, 08:17:39 AM »

Where did you find discounted Optimas?
Used a 25% off coupon at Advanced Auto parts that popped up when I went to the site last week. Had a max benefit of $50 per purchase so I just made 2 separate purchases. That added to a $50 gift card that I already had knocked the total price below $400 for the two of them


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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2018, 12:47:10 PM »

There are 2 myabe 3 companies that make automotive batteries.  Diehard, Optima, Duracell,  and Interstate batteries are all amd eby thse 2 or 3 companies.

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