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Does anyone have experience with these new Hot Rod "crystal cell" batteries? They sound like a great alternative that is easier to mount.
Thanks!! Paul Cunningham

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http://www.odysseybatteries.com/battery/pc680series.htm

http://www.hrpworld.com/index.cfm?fo...action=product

I say look around get educated on the small dry cell batteries.

"Hot Rod "crystal cell" batteries?" crystal cells ??????? all day long
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I've got an Odyssey 925 in my '32, cranks the engine over just fine.
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Thanks for the info. I should have been more specific. I was asking about these:
http://www.hotrodbatteries.com/
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i wonder how long one of those will crank an engine that doesn't want to start tho?
i'll stick with my 1000 CCA lead acid battery that has an equally high reserve capacity rating
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:47 AM
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Thanks for the info. I should have been more specific. I was asking about these:
http://www.hotrodbatteries.com/

I looked it up before and here is my more blunt take on them....

Sounds like a RONCO kind of thing ...... hot rod batteries, with crystal cells ....... think about it...

I am betting 30 % of the price is for the name....
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they look like your basic ATV/ motorcycle battery which my experiences with haven't exactly been positive..
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i'll stick with my 1000 CCA lead acid battery
and cheap to replace when it fails, and fail it will
hotrods eat batteries
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"hot rods eat batteries" Why do you state that? if you use the proper sized battery with a good charging and wiring system then it shouldn't be any different than Aunt Martha's's Buick.
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aunt martha's buick doesn't get parked for salt season
it hasn't been above 22 for the past 2 weeks, lows have been single digit
and our cold mths are the next 2
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Ok I can understand what you're getting at now....but the hot rod isn't eating the battery, it's the lack of use. If the car is left outside then pull the battery and hook it up to a "Battery Tender".
Any battery...even Aunt Martha's Buick will die if you don't keep the juices flowing. "Battery Sulfation" is a prime example of non use and will shorten its life by a bunch.
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yeah when I was driving my 72 monte carlo pretty much every day, or at least a few times a week.. never had issues with the battery.. I parked it to do body work,but left the battery in it because i needed to move it around.. the battery went kaput within a couple of months. wouldn't charge, and wouldn't hold a charge. *sigh*
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So far my Optima is holding up well, of course this is the third one

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Might be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but their advertising makes me suspicious for several reasons.

On their site they state "We rate our batteries by horsepower and not AMPS." Makes me think that either they are targeting ignorant consumers, or maybe if they rated them in amps CA, CCA, or Ah, as is the industry standard, they wouldn't compare to standard automotive batteries. Similar to how hybrid cars aren't rated in city and highway MPG like regular cars, because then people would realize that a Focus or a Cobalt get better mileage in some cases than a Prius.

A youtube search for "Crystal Cell Battery" would seem to indicate that this technology is a popular among the free energy, perpetual motion crowd. This reinforces the notion for me that their advertising is geared towards ignorant consumers, sort of like Slick-50, 100 MPG carburetors, miracle paint scratch removers, or the aforementioned Ronco products.

Go ahead an buy one and let us know how it works out for you. The technology may be legit, but if it was I would think that one of the big battery manufacturers would snatch it up.

Also they do not have their business address on their website which is another red flag for me.

Good Luck....

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personally, lead acid is about as good as it gets. there cheap, and they last providing you don't let them freeze or go dead/ sulfate from charging too many times.. as far as them being in passanger compartments, I see where gel-cell is better, but VW put batteries underneath the rear seat of the original/classic Beetles for all the years of there production ( 1939-1979 or 2002 if you count brazillian and mexi Beetles ), and they were all lead acid from the factory... I understand the need for tiny batteries in some applications, and/ or optima's if there in the passanger compartnment. but if it can be vented to the outside, just use a lead acid in whatever size will fit.. a 525 CCA battery will be more than sufficent for most any hotrod
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