Which battery to get?
Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 46

This is a discussion on Which battery to get? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Ive searched around and havent found to much. Now that the weather is getting colder my stock battery is showing ...

  1. #1
    Registered User PolarisSnT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Staten Island, NY
    Posts
    3,864

    Which battery to get?

    Ive searched around and havent found to much. Now that the weather is getting colder my stock battery is showing its age. I would like to get a good battery that is hopefully lighter than stock. From looking around an Optima Red Top seems to be a good choice but how much does it weigh? Im not a weight freak but if Im going to be changing out the battery I might as well get something lighter. Any thoughts?
    Last edited by PolarisSnT; 12-14-2005 at 05:13 PM.
    Dan- 2004 PSM 5spd

    "Days get shorter, nights get longer, snow gets deeper, life gets better."

  2. Remove Advertisements
    ClubWRX.net
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Administrator Trainrex's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    26,590
    I Support ClubWRX
    Quote Originally Posted by PolarisSnT
    Ive searched around and havent found to much. Now that the weather is getting colder my stock battery is showing its age. I would like to get a good battery that is hopefully lighter than stock. From looking around an Optima Red Top seems to be a good choice but how much does it weight? Im not a weight freak but if Im going to be changing out the battery I might as well get something lighter. Any thoughts?
    If I remember correctly, my Optima was quite heavy. It's hard to beat the cranking power though.

  4. #3
    Registered User InfamousDX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Bergen, NJ
    Posts
    900
    don't get that braille bull**** in tri-state weather... i found out... quickly ditched it for my optima red top. same weight as stock but at leats I don't have to worry about a thing.

  5. #4
    Moderator GV27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Green Mountain, Colorado
    Posts
    5,585
    I Support ClubWRX
    http://www.performancedistributors.com/batteries.htm

    These are light. Remember though that there's a reason that ALL car manufacturers use wet cell and gel cellbatteries
    "Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me." -Jesus

    1990 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
    1992 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.Slow
    1993 Honda CBR600F2
    2002 WRX SportWagon *sold*

  6. #5
    Registered User PolarisSnT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Staten Island, NY
    Posts
    3,864
    Quote Originally Posted by GV27
    http://www.performancedistributors.com/batteries.htm

    These are light. Remember though that there's a reason that ALL car manufacturers use wet cell and gel cellbatteries
    Care to elaborate on that? I dont know much about batteries so any information will be helpful. Thanks
    Dan- 2004 PSM 5spd

    "Days get shorter, nights get longer, snow gets deeper, life gets better."

  7. #6
    Registered User lwild17380's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    NOR CALI
    Posts
    8
    If I were you I would run a deep cycle battery like a Optima Battery either a Red Top or a Yellow Top...
    they use gel and make everything run smoother and lights brighter plus if you leave your lights on esp overnight that is probably the only battery that will let you start your car

    http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...nfig/home.html
    Lift it and Fat Chicks can't Jump In

  8. #7
    Registered User rallymaniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Special Stage
    Posts
    2,833
    Quote Originally Posted by lwild17380
    plus if you leave your lights on esp overnight that is probably the only battery that will let you start your car

    http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...nfig/home.html
    i'm pretty sure someone at Subaru thought about morons who leave their lights on and WRX shots them off when key is out of the ingnition
    Straights are for fast cars...
    Turns are for fast drivers...
    Colin McRae

    My PHOTOGRAPHY

  9. #8
    Moderator GV27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Green Mountain, Colorado
    Posts
    5,585
    I Support ClubWRX
    Quote Originally Posted by PolarisSnT
    Care to elaborate on that? I dont know much about batteries so any information will be helpful. Thanks
    Sorry, didn't see this until now.

    The reason they use them is that they're just way more reliable. Other technologies don't do well in cold weather, often don't retain a charge over long periods of time, etc. Lead-acid last a long time, will hold a charge indefinitely if nothing is drawing on them and the modern ones will go to extreme low temperatures without a problem. InfamousDX apparently found this out the hard way and this is why everyone is recomending Optima. Gel really kicks-butt from a reliability standpoint. ++++ For the lack of liquid acid to boil over and corrode everything underneath it.

    You're right, a case can be made for saving weight in the battery, but car makers know that what 99.9% of drivers want is a car that starts reliably. My experience is that people who go to other technologies switch back the first time it leaves them stranded, as invariably happens. I have known a couple of guys who are willing to put up with it. A freind of mine had a CRX with a light battery, and his justification was that the car was so light he could push start it by himself on level ground. Which is the same reason I ran my CRX on a gimpy old battery for 6 months in college........


    So you just have to decide what level of pain you're willing to tolerate. And think about it realistically........a lot of people don't in my experience (just like people who build race cars for the street often regret it later).
    Last edited by GV27; 01-23-2006 at 10:29 AM.
    "Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me." -Jesus

    1990 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
    1992 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.Slow
    1993 Honda CBR600F2
    2002 WRX SportWagon *sold*

  10. #9
    Registered User aznburn210's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Austin,TX
    Posts
    521
    im personally partiial to interstate ( same company who makes opitma) only difference is one is a gel cell other is not. so really if you wanted to mount your optima upside down you can . but also i dont feel liek spending like 150 or whatevrt he cost is for a optima. the interstate wa sliek half the price wheni bougth one for my Honda CRV. i plan on upgrading to an interstate again . Just because we had 2 optimas died on us. and this was for normal use too...

  11. #10
    Registered User AKESREX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    So. California
    Posts
    116
    Interstate doesn't "make" anything, they're the marketing entity for
    Johnson Controls, who makes most of their flooded lead acid batteries.
    Optima Batteries are manufactured in Aurora Colorado and currently
    are owned by Johnson Controls..... they were originally designed in
    Denver by a couple of engineers at Gates Rubber. The original
    batteries said Gates right on the label.
    Ok, that's enough hair-splitting today

  12. #11
    Moderator GV27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Green Mountain, Colorado
    Posts
    5,585
    I Support ClubWRX
    Optimas are $110 at Advance Auto Parts.
    "Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me." -Jesus

    1990 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
    1992 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.Slow
    1993 Honda CBR600F2
    2002 WRX SportWagon *sold*

  13. #12
    Registered User ArizonaWRX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    272

    Wink

    Would this battery be powerful to everyday power an 06 WRX?
    Anyone have any experience with this battery or Braille auto battery in particular? Would AZ heat be an issue?
    http://shop.edoperformance.com/brail...ry-p-9143.html

  14. #13
    Registered User ArizonaWRX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    272

    Ps...

    It is not the exact same model as the link above, but here on hspn.tv, they did the following review on a STI with a Braille auto battery that weighs 10 lbs. Anyone have one of these? Would you recommend them/any experiences with one?
    http://videos.hspn.com/?videoid=11&catid=1

  15. #14
    Registered User ArizonaWRX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    272
    Along with the video link above^^^ I saw that the Braille auto battery weighs only 11 pounds, and yet still makes 900 amp power!
    Anyone know anything about this battery/have one in their Suby?

    Is this a battery you need to recharge?

  16. #15
    Registered User djerickd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Posts
    1,164
    they sell the same Deka ETX14 (same as Braille) battery for $75 at autozone and discount auto with one year free exchange, I just installed mine tonight:


    SnowMann Tuned
    special thanks to:
    www.Aquamist.co.uk

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •