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Old 03-20-2010, 07:33 PM
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optmia battery going dead

HI, can you use a battery tender on an Optima Battery?
I have an battery tender on my 1930 coupe I plug the battery tender in and left it on for 4 days, then went to start the car today and the battery was dead it is 1 and a half years old and I have a battery disconnect I click off when I dont use the car.so it should not have anything too do with instrument draw.I heard you can't charge Optima Batteries is this true?
The car started fine until I used the tender. I am going to use a regular 6amp charger and see what happens.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:14 AM
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I am on my 3rd Optima battery. The first 2 were replaced under warranty. So far this one seems to be holding up well. I also use a Battery Tender when not using the rod. I however use the Battery Tender Jr. IMHO Optima batteries are vastly over rated, along with B.F. Goodrich tires, K&N air filters the list goes on and on.

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Old 03-21-2010, 08:29 AM
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I agree, pitch the Optima and get a good quality battery of the proper rating for your setup. Everyone I know has has problems with the Optimas.
I would look for an Exide, in my opinion they make the best batteries. Napa batteries are re-labeled Exides
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other thing that many people do is use yellow tops.. those are deep cycles and are not designed for continuous use..
I'm not an Optima advocate. only time 1 would really be required IMO, is when the battery is in the passanger compartment.. but otherwise there a fancy cool looking battery, but a lead acid battery would do the same thing at 1/4 of the price
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Hi watchdude1, I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’ve been having with your battery and I’d like to help. Can you tell me what the voltage reading is on your battery? Can you describe the battery disconnect device you are using or post a picture of it? Most battery chargers work just fine on Optima batteries, although chargers with “gel” or “gel/AGM” settings should be avoided. This video offers some general tips on proper battery storage- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z40SQCKWKNw

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i like Optima red top batterys.. the unit I bought in 2001 is still operational

I have 3 Optima batterys in use now. Obviously some folks mileage may vary.

I have lead acid battrys from WalMart in my VW Jetta and lawn tractor. No problems with them in 2 yrs
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ford 8n

I have a 1948 Ford 8n tractor that I want to replace the 6volt battery with a 8 volt battery to better start the tractor.I need help in knowing how to adjust the volts regulator or even if I need to adjust.
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I've got a Red Top Optima in my boat that I SWEAR, no exaggeration, is at least 8 years old, and was in my black S10 when it burned down. It was mounted up under the bed just ahead of the back bumper. The handle was melted a little bit, but other than that, it looked OK. The truck was set on fire in my driveway, ( I think by one of my daughter's ex boyfriends, but never could prove anything), and I had to towed to my shop about a week later. After about a month sitting at the shop, I started taking the truck apart to salvage what I could, and sold the narrowed 9" rear, and nearly started another fire when the melted battery cable made contact with a ground. It's been my boat for at least 4 years now, and not been used, nor had a charger on it for almost 2 years now. About 2 or 3 months ago, I went out, hit the key and it spun right over like brand new. Needless to say, I now have Red Top Optimas in everything I own,
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Congrats, my 3rd red top seems to be holding it's own also, keeping my fingers crossed.

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I have an Optima Battery in my Coupe that is 8 years old and still kicking. No tender, no nothing. It can sit for 3 months and still crank right up. The Optima in my truck is 6 years old and gets the same treatment as my coupe. (I rotate driving them). The one thing I know about Optima Batteries is they do not like a fast charge. 2 Amps for 24 hours is what you need. It has been a while since I read the fine print, but you need to read the charging instructions that come with the battery to get the good performance from them.

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That is probably what is saving my 3rd Optima, the Battery tender Jr. only puts out 750ma on float charge.

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