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Hello Specialists!

My battery is slowly dying. So I need a new one. Has anybody heard about those gel batterys? Are they any good? What advantages does a gel battery has??

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i would just get a regular liquid cell battery, they're more cost effective than the special batteries.

and no, i dont know much about those batteries other than they're expensive.
 

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Gel batterys IIRC are like the Optima line. They make a huge difference in your entire power system, never leak or corrode, can be stored for over 2 years yet will still start a car and best of all can be drained again and again without problems. My Yellow Top sat for almost a year before it was installed and it cranked the car with no problem at all. They deliver a lot more Cold Cranking Amps. I have a rather loud system and it makes the night and day difference on where my voltage stays. It fully eliminated any light dimming. Infact this batterty lasts so long that when I go places, hald the time I purposely leave my lights on. It is fun also because they announce my car over the PA system whereever I am. :D A dude I know has ran one for something ridiculous like almost a decade and it is still pumpin.

So buy an Optima, get the benefits and never worry about battery problems again. :thumbup:
 

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NickZac said:
Gel batterys IIRC are like the Optima line. They make a huge difference in your entire power system, never leak or corrode, can be stored for over 2 years yet will still start a car and best of all can be drained again and again without problems. My Yellow Top sat for almost a year before it was installed and it cranked the car with no problem at all. They deliver a lot more Cold Cranking Amps. I have a rather loud system and it makes the night and day difference on where my voltage stays. It fully eliminated any light dimming. Infact this batterty lasts so long that when I go places, hald the time I purposely leave my lights on. It is fun also because they announce my car over the PA system whereever I am. :D A dude I know has ran one for something ridiculous like almost a decade and it is still pumpin.

So buy an Optima, get the benefits and never worry about battery problems again. :thumbup:
I agree with all of this but just wanted to clarify one thing. The only Optima that is designed to be completely dischrged is the Yellow Top, this is known as deep cycling and the red top Optima is not designed for that.
 

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There no real need to spend 120 bucks on a optima I have a exide 1000 CA 850 CCA 120min RC it was a little more then half the price of optima those stats are above the optima's battery line. the advantages of a Gel cell do not benefit most people
 

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Im no expert but where i work we get battery shipments every week and the Exide guy said the average life span of liquid batter is 2 years as opposed to 5 years of a gel battery just my 2 cents
 

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I should have been more precise in my argument pertaining to the Yellow Top :D

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There no real need to spend 120 bucks on a optima I have a exide 1000 CA 850 CCA 120min RC it was a little more then half the price of optima those stats are above the optima's battery line. the advantages of a Gel cell do not benefit most people
I disagree, dry cell batteries will benefit everyone. Keep in mind you have one of the best lead batteries. I got my Optima Yellow Top new for 110. You cannot drain a lead batt again and again and have it still hold a charge like a Yellow Top. The Yellow Tops last forever, they do cold starts better, volts run better, they take vibration better, they dont corrode (wahoo!), etc. The only disadvantage is weight, those suckers are heavy.



Now doesnt that battery look happy?
 

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Its true what you say but most people at least me had never the reason to drain the battery again and again; the cold starts and volts are close to the same maybe a small advantage on the optima; as far a vibiration your not going off road a dry cell can handle most anything our cars will drive on; and corroding I havent a problem before although my battery is in the trunk

however if you willing to spend the money then there no reason not to go with a optima but I still dont see the difference to make it worth its price
 

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Nick no it doesn't... you should've got the RedTop to match your intake lol ... I'm just kidding... Yellow its more expensive than the Red.
 

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Nick no it doesn't... you should've got the RedTop to match your intake lol ... I'm just kidding... Yellow its more expensive than the Red.
I could always paint it :p
But I got the yellow because my voltage would drop into the lower 12s with the OE Nissan battery on a hard hit. It now stays at a steady 14.4-14.5. Yellow is really designed more for audio and high drainage apps where it gets drained and filled constantly. It charges and discharges much quicker than others.
 

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sorry to break it to everyone but ive never been much on cosmetics. hell, i think yellow and red go pretty well together lol. and as far as my 96 cent salvo autoparts terminals mr michael, well they get the jorb done just as well as the 40 dollar ones. they may not make your eyes glow as much, but they still pass the current really grood. :crazy:
 

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One little thing to add.

You may get a few bad batteries from optima so i would recomend buying from a reputable dealer that will take care of the warranty no questions asked. I got mine from autozone and took mine back already. I was not happy with the low voltage even though it was not that bad 12.2 when siting. I figured i paid enough for a good battery so i got it replaced now it shows to my likeing 13.7 when sitting now that is more like it.

PS I talked to a battery guy he owns the battery plus and he did mention that there are a few little quirks with optima batteries so he told me to watch the voltages for about a month and if no problems i would be good for a long time. 5 years free replacement and 2 years after that but i would have to pay a little to get it replaced then.
 

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All the info i'll ever need :))

NickZac said:
They make a huge difference in your entire power system, never leak or corrode, can be stored for over 2 years yet will still start a car and best of all can be drained again and again without problems. ...I know has ran one for something ridiculous like almost a decade and it is still pumpin.

So buy an Optima, get the benefits and never worry about battery problems again. :thumbup:
Hi Nickzac and all the others that replied!

Thanks 4 U all sharing your opinions!! :thumbup: It really gives me a better insite. The argument that is great for loud systems has me quite convinced... So lets see if i can find a yellow top here in Holland. Now thats gonna be hard :D
 
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