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Optima Battery Yellow vs Red

Discussion in '360/430' started by FazTaz, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. FazTaz

    FazTaz Karting

    Aug 19, 2004
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    Northern NJ
    Need to replace the battry of my Scud. Currently there is a red top 34R. Any benefit for using the yellow top with the deep cycle component? My trickle charger was accidentally unplugged and my current 34R was removed and put on a bench charger. It won't hold a charge, my assumption is this is less likely to occur with the yellow top. Any downside using yellow vs red?
     
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  3. Skidkid

    Skidkid F1 Veteran
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    Aug 25, 2005
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    That is exactly true. No real downside since you aren't likely driving in freezing temps. But I wouldn't get an Optima, I would get an Odyssey or an Interstate.
     
  4. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Affirmative on Optimas not being optimal.
     
  5. rudkinjc

    rudkinjc Rookie

    Apr 27, 2019
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    Joe C Rudkin II
    Plus 1 on NO Optima. They use to be a great battery but they are now being made out of the country and the quality is crap now. I replaced mine with a Odyssey AGM battery.
     
  6. Skidkid

    Skidkid F1 Veteran
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    My understanding is that Odyssey designed the Optima battery. It WAS their offer but they found maintaining quality was difficult to maintain with the design and it didn't meet the demands of their military & other ruggedized, armored battery contracts. SO, they sold the design to Optima and designed the new battery they sell now. Quality on the Optima maintained for a while but started to slide. Manufacturing moved off shore and quality dropped more; It didn't get any easier to make and the new process tolerances were not as tight.
     
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