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Old 06-21-2005, 03:14 PM
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Odyssey 12V Dry Cell Battery

I went to pick up an Optima battery for my project and saw an Odyssey dry cell, some of which had awesome CCA ratings. These are a dry cell battery that can supposedly be mounted sideways or even upside down if you wanted. They're also supposed to recover their charge quickly and perform well under cold conditions.

I didn't buy the Optima and would like to hear from anyone who knows something about these, bad, good or indifferent.

Thanks, Larry

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Years ago I worked for Carquest Auto Parts. We sold hundreds of Optimas each year and replaced a bunch of them on warrantee/exchanges/trade-ins. Most just needed recharging but the dimbulbs who had them didn't understand that a little 2amp, 6amp charger will take 24 or more hours to fully charge a battery. We paid the core fees and had Optimas in everything we owned. Never had an Optima fail for a reason we could blame on the battery itself unless it was very, very old.
The Odysseys came out and we started carrying them. Every battery of this name we sold came back dead as a hammer and unchargeable. We dropped the line. Maybe the drycell technology has improved since that time so performance can be compared to conventional and Optima batteries, but I wouldn't bet my peace of mind on it until 100 people I know tell me how wonderful they are after having them in service for 3-5 years.
We also had the same experience with something called, I seem to remember, a Black Panther..? We dropped that line too.
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