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Re: Sears Optima Batteries?

"Bill Tuthill" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>I was at Sears getting a new battery for my 14-year old Trooper today,
> and spotted a line of batteries called "Optima" (Red-Top for starting,
> Yellow-Top for deep cycle) using gel-cell technology.
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> Evidently Costco offers a similar product, their "Dry Cell" battery.
> Some reports say Costco sells Optima for about $99.
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> Anybody used these for automotive applications? They are lighter
> than ordinary car batteries, purportedly hold their charge better,
> and do not evaporate fluid in hot desert temperatures.


Optima is not a Sears brand. They are widely available at many stores. They
are good batteries, but they cost twice as much as conventional premium
battery and 3-4 times as much as conventional low-end battery.

Ever try Google?
 
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Re: Sears Optima Batteries?

Mark A <[email protected]> wrote:
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> Optima is not a Sears brand. They are widely available at many stores. They
> are good batteries, but they cost twice as much as conventional premium
> battery and 3-4 times as much as conventional low-end battery.
>
> Ever try Google?


No, what's Google? ;-)

I really didn't find any useful information that way. Eventually
one site said that Optima batteries are made by Johnson Controls.
That does me a lot of good! Actually JC aquried Gylling in 1999.
Another site said they're not gel cell, but lead wrapped in something.

The Consumer Report writeup didn't appear, which is typical of Google.
It's often a huge waste of time, especially when asking questions about
commercial products. Used to be great, but no longer.
 
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Re: Sears Optima Batteries?

"JoeSpareBedroom" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> "Bill Tuthill" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Mark A <[email protected]> wrote:
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>>> Optima is not a Sears brand. They are widely available at many stores.
>>> They
>>> are good batteries, but they cost twice as much as conventional premium
>>> battery and 3-4 times as much as conventional low-end battery.
>>>
>>> Ever try Google?

>>
>> No, what's Google? ;-)
>>
>> I really didn't find any useful information that way. Eventually
>> one site said that Optima batteries are made by Johnson Controls.
>> That does me a lot of good! Actually JC aquried Gylling in 1999.
>> Another site said they're not gel cell, but lead wrapped in something.
>>
>> The Consumer Report writeup didn't appear, which is typical of Google.
>> It's often a huge waste of time, especially when asking questions about
>> commercial products. Used to be great, but no longer.
>>

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> The last couple of CR reports have leaned toward Interstate batteries. You
> can find them with that name, and they also manufacture for other
> companies. I don't recall which, though.


Toyota dealers sell Interstate batteries.
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Re: Sears Optima Batteries?

> No, what's Google? ;-)
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> I really didn't find any useful information that way. Eventually
> one site said that Optima batteries are made by Johnson Controls.
> That does me a lot of good! Actually JC aquried Gylling in 1999.
> Another site said they're not gel cell, but lead wrapped in something.
>
> The Consumer Report writeup didn't appear, which is typical of Google.
> It's often a huge waste of time, especially when asking questions about
> commercial products. Used to be great, but no longer.


http://www.optimabatteries.com
 
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Re: Sears Optima Batteries?

Mark A <[email protected]> wrote:
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> http://www.optimabatteries.com


Yes, that and other websites lead me to believe that Optima batteries
do not have higher capacity, longer life, or more cold cranking amps
than ordinary car batteries, they just cost more.

Plus you can turn them upside down! So they would be good for SUVs,
which roll over all the time. ;-)
 
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