Car Battery

Discussion in 'Technical' started by ADEMON, Oct 20, 2008.


    ADEMON Member

    Anyone in sydney recommend a good battery for the Z. I need something good as I dont rarely drive the car
  2. rob260

    rob260 Administrator Staff Member

    You're in sydney, right? Shoot me a pm i can sort you out with a pretty good deal on a 600cca battery.
  3. Stef

    Stef Active Member

    The more CCA's, the more plates and the bigger the better was what I learned when I had a 4WD

    ADEMON Member

    New Battery

    I bought a Optima Yellow Top today
  5. aK

    aK Banned

    how much and how many cca's

  6. mrkarter77

    mrkarter77 No Really, They do!!!

    What type yellow top
    i have the D35 type

    YellowTop?; Deep Cycle Battery; Grp. D35; Cold Crank Amps 650; Crank Amps 810; Reserve Capacity 98; Amp Hour 48; Top Terminal; L-9 5/16 in.; W-6 3/4 in.; H-7 5/8 in.;

    Does that help?
  7. aK

    aK Banned

    nice, how much

  8. mrkarter77

    mrkarter77 No Really, They do!!!

  9. Caz1

    Caz1 New Member

    Nice choice Theo :)

  10. rob260

    rob260 Administrator Staff Member

    You guys are insane spending $300 plus on deep cycle batteries that are not made for the job you're using them for.... Car battery needs to be able to deliver alot of current in one hit, recharge quickly, and buffer charging current. A quality starting battery should last four to five years if properly maintained (clean terminals, secured, and stored correctly), I will be very surprised if a deep cycle battery costing twice as much lasts any longer.

    A better solution if the car is not used often is to use the correct kind of maintenance charger for your battery. Projecta do a good range and ctek are my brand of choice for the sealed, lead-calcium batteries that are becoming the standard.

    ZXDEVIL Active Member

    How much would they set you back? My battery is starting to go and my parents car's battery may be on its way out as well...
  12. aazn

    aazn New Member

    most of the optimas i ahve worked with last about 10 years...

    and i work in the car audio indistry... considering a good century (good 500 bux) will last about 5-6 years on a similar sound setup... i think its well worth the money...
  13. ADEMON

    ADEMON Member


    I may have spent big bucks on a car battery and that's my choice, I have purchased too many so called named batteries and lasted me only 2 years.
    I only got good feedback about the Optima Yellow Top battery, so I purchased it. I have a trickle charger as a back up as I rarely drive it, but will at least force to drive it once a week. I am let to believe that the battery will last me for many years.

  14. tagrobert

    tagrobert New Member

    Digging up an old thread here, but I just brought a battery today as my Exide Premium died on the weekend. It was date stamped 07, so i'm presuming it is about 2.5 years old, so much for premium and 24mth warranty.

    I needed a replacement in a rush and didn?t have time to shop around. Although it died on the weekend, I thought it was just because the fluid was low and I could recharge it, so I left it to last minute.

    Anyways, when I was at my local car auto shop they had 2 brands of batteries that suited, Powercrank(600CCA) and RJ(520CCA). They were also the same price.

    The guy recommended the RJ battery as it was maintenance free and lasted longer and also that I didn?t need the extra CCAs.

    The Powercrank had caps with a cross in it so I think they are low maintenance as you would need a big screw driver to unscrew it.

    The thing is, I think I should have brought the Powercrank as it was the same price, what do you guys think? Is the 80CCA worth the maintenance free? Does it last longer? I know the more CCAs the more plates and in theory it should last longer.

    I know it is too late, but just so I know for next time I need to get/recommend a battery.

    I know both are budget batteries, but I use my car as a daily so the higher priced batteries really do not give me that much of a benefit.

    I also just found out that I could have picked up a maintenance free 600CCA Delkor for $50 more?rats?
  15. AndyMac

    AndyMac Better than you

    Yeah I had my exide die recently as well. Less than a year old. One of the plates died, so it's enough to run everything, but no go on the cranking.

    I had a mate working for Mercedes and he scored me a 750CCA Gel Sealed battery. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

  16. tagrobert

    tagrobert New Member

    under 12mths? Didn't you take it back for warranty?

    I am really wanting to know if there is any real difference between maintenance free and low maintenance batteries, apart from the obvious, topping up with water.
  17. K-zed

    K-zed Secret Squirrel

    Maintenance Free batteries generally contain a lower percentage of LEAD than standard wet cells and will not perform as well under harsh conditions. Having said that, MF batteries are ideally suited to for daily driver's who would otherwise neglect to maintain acid levels.
  18. AndyMac

    AndyMac Better than you

    didn't keep my reciept :(
  19. AndyMac

    AndyMac Better than you

    You also have the Dry-Cell and Gel-Cell batteries which are sealed and can be mounted upside down, etc and don't require ventilation. Which is the type I's uber cool :p
  20. WhiteNight

    WhiteNight Littering and...

    Im also looking for advice on the topic.

    Boot mounted battery, so sealed and maintenance free. Car only gets used rarely so i need a suitable charger to maintain a trickle charge or so whenever its recommeded.

    Im assuming the standard recommendations will be a yellow/red top optima battery?

    And for the charger, anything specific? Or will my SCA $60 supercheap battery charger work? Ive had problems before with some battery chargers killing batteries.

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