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I have been really lucky, My first Optima lasted 13 years, (yes 13 years). My second lasted 3 years. I beleive it was discharged and possibly froze. I blame myself. I have had real good deals at Costco that sold Optima but for some reason they dropped the product line. Don't know why. Possibly just my local store. I beleive Exide also makes a gel type battery. Might give them a try next. More expensive, but it's worth it to me not to have the corrosion issues that develop with acid/lead batteries.

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Can Optima batteries sulphate?
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Hi Studebaker, while I'm not allowed to give specific reasons why some retailers never have or no longer carry our products or comment on any specific retailers, I can say that in general, those relationships are a two-way street and sometimes the decisions are made by the manufacturer, sometimes by the retailer and sometimes both parties.

Although many folks commonly refer to AGM batteries as “gel” batteries, they are two very different technologies and I have yet to come across a gel battery in an automotive application. That becomes important when it comes time charge a battery, because some chargers have “gel” or “gel/AGM” settings, which may not fully-charge non-gel batteries and could damage them.

mitmaks, all lead-acid batteries, both flooded and AGM can and as they age, do sulfate (or anytime they are left in a discharged state below 12.4 volts). That makes proper voltage maintenance the key to long life for any battery.

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