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Old 03-07-2013, 08:48 PM
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I had a Blue top optima a few years ago. Never again. Lasted less than a year. Back to Delco automotive battery. Trouble free once again.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:40 PM
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I had a Blue top optima a few years ago. Never again. Lasted less than a year. Back to Delco automotive battery. Trouble free once again.
Ditto on the AC Delco batteries. I've killed a few of them in the TA over 32 years and they almost always came back to life with a good charging.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:57 PM
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I'd like to see something that definitively shows why the batteries have failed. I bought a 2005 Astro Cargo van from someone in Phoenix just about 2 years ago and it has an Optima. So far, it has had absolutely no problems of any kind. I do a lot of short trips, too- lots of cranking.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:14 AM
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I'd like to see something that definitively shows why the batteries have failed. I bought a 2005 Astro Cargo van from someone in Phoenix just about 2 years ago and it has an Optima. So far, it has had absolutely no problems of any kind. I do a lot of short trips, too- lots of cranking.
I spoke with optima tech support last year. They claim that maintaining a good charge on the battery and always putting a charger on after every use will extend life. My optimas are stereo batteries that get discharged every outing. Then charged over night and discharged again next day.

I'm shocked that I'm on 7 years. I have truly abused mine.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:20 PM
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What are the purported advantages to the Optima such that it is warranted to pay the higher price and put up with their greater sensitivity to recharge? I have used interstate batteries trouble free for many years and cant find a reason to "upgrade"
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:46 AM
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For me the advantage was less mess to deal with (no acid to spill, no out gassing), packaging (smaller cleaner footprint) and mounting options (battery trays are available to mount them in almost every conceivable position possible). I also like not dealing with those cheap plastic boxes that never seem to fit the battery correctly. The cheap lid with plastic web strap to hold it in place also seems a little cheesy for high dollar boat.

If none of those reasons are of interest and you're happy with your current set up then you're good.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:10 PM
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I'm going to revive this old battery thread instead of start a new one.

I have a 91 PS190 with the 260hp not the HP engine. On my way back to the ramp on Sunday idling through the marina I noticed my gauges started going a little crazy (i.e. bouncing around, temp from 140 - 180 and same with oil pressure 30 - 60, sudden changes) voltage was under 12. This was my second day out this season and hadn't noticed it previously.

I'm thinking since my battery is 6 + years old it is probably a dying battery and a new battery would solve the problem.

What do you experts think? I have been researching on line and who knew there where so many different types of batteries. What type of spec's do I need for my new battery?

Thanks
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:27 PM
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I'm going to revive this old battery thread instead of start a new one.

I have a 91 PS190 with the 260hp not the HP engine. On my way back to the ramp on Sunday idling through the marina I noticed my gauges started going a little crazy (i.e. bouncing around, temp from 140 - 180 and same with oil pressure 30 - 60, sudden changes) voltage was under 12. This was my second day out this season and hadn't noticed it previously.

I'm thinking since my battery is 6 + years old it is probably a dying battery and a new battery would solve the problem.

What do you experts think? I have been researching on line and who knew there where so many different types of batteries. What type of spec's do I need for my new battery?

Thanks
Which battery do you have? If it's lead/acid, remove the covers and look at the electrolyte- if it's low, remove the battery put it on a charger and add distilled water to the line.

If that looks good, you can have it load tested, but the first thing I would look at is the battery terminals and the ground point(s) on the engine. Also, make sure the wires on the ignition switch, starter and battery are secure.
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