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This is a discussion on Need New Battery!! Any recommendations? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by 98ls1blackbird Actually Optima batteries are not dry cell they are AGM, absorbed glass mat. The electrolyte is ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98ls1blackbird View Post
    Actually Optima batteries are not dry cell they are AGM, absorbed glass mat. The electrolyte is just in a different medium than lead plates.
    True. The electrolyte is in Gel form, so its non-spillable and leak proof. I don't know where I pulled dry cell from.

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    Explorer ProComp also markets a GelCel battery very similar to the Optima.

    The Optima type batteries are very popular with 4 wheelers due to their ability to be mounted in any position and ability to handle rough vibrations without the plates breaking.

    Honestly, if your car is not driven that much, you'd probably be just as well off with a WalMart battery. You could replace the one from Wally World 3 times for the cost of an Optima.

    If you gotta have the best, Optima FTW.

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    I have had my red top for about 4 years. Car sits all winter in sometimes as cold as -40. (Its in a non heated garage) Starts up everytime and when I take my car camping, everyone uses it as the radio and cell phone charger. Best battery ever in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJREX View Post
    Explorer ProComp also markets a GelCel battery very similar to the Optima.

    The Optima type batteries are very popular with 4 wheelers due to their ability to be mounted in any position and ability to handle rough vibrations without the plates breaking.

    Honestly, if your car is not driven that much, you'd probably be just as well off with a WalMart battery. You could replace the one from Wally World 3 times for the cost of an Optima.

    If you gotta have the best, Optima FTW.
    It is definitely cheaper, but you're paying for the reliability, starting power, reserve power, and the ability to deep cycle the battery without damaging it -not just the fact that it lasts longer.

    So even if you just have a stereo system and you plan on keeping the car, the Optima is worth it. It may be 3 times the cost of a Walmart battery, but it lasts up to 4 times longer, which justifies the cost alone.

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    Forgive my ignorance but what does Deep Cycle mean? Is that when the battery is completely drained and then fully charged? Is the Red top good for Deep Cycle or only the Yellow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raya View Post
    Forgive my ignorance but what does Deep Cycle mean? Is that when the battery is completely drained and then fully charged? Is the Red top good for Deep Cycle or only the Yellow?
    Yes, deep cycling means a battery can be drained and recharged without damage. I'm not positive if the red top can be deep cycled without damage. It is marketed as a cranking battery. The yellow top is for cranking and deep cycling. The blue top is for extreme cranking and deep cycling. The yellow top is by far the heaviest of the lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98ls1blackbird View Post
    Yes, deep cycling means a battery can be drained and recharged without damage. I'm not positive if the red top can be deep cycled without damage. It is marketed as a cranking battery. The yellow top is for cranking and deep cycling. The blue top is for extreme cranking and deep cycling. The yellow top is by far the heaviest of the lot.
    The design of the AGM battery (Optima) allows it to be deep cycled without sustaining damage. So basically you can kill a red top at least a few times without doing any harm to it. However, if you plan on deep cyling the battery all the time, the Yellow top is specifically designed for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    Interstate makes some of the best batteries out there, probably second only to Optima. However, its still a low maintance wet-cell battery, so no matter how good it is it will never be abe to match the advantages of an Optima, which is a dry cell battery. Dry cell batteries are corrosion free, can last up to 4 times longer than wet cell batteries, and they can be deep cycled (fully discharged and recharged) multiple times without damage.

    Are you sure you don't have a parasitic drain somehwere that's killing your battery?

    I've had great luck with Interstate batteries, they're all I'll run in my cars.

    No doubt Optima is also a great battery, I just don't need one.

    And aren't deep cycle batteries more often used on boats and heavy equipment?

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    Thanks Guys. My WS6 is totally stock. I wonder how long it would take for a red or yellow top to fully drain?? Numerous times, my car goes over a week without being driven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecorrectformula View Post
    Optima Yellow top hands down. Red top even.

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    red top here also

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    Curious, I am sure red top is great, but, if yellow top can do deep cycle and red top cannot; why would one want to get red top??

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    Quote Originally Posted by raya View Post
    Curious, I am sure red top is great, but, if yellow top can do deep cycle and red top cannot; why would one want to get red top??
    A bit lighter and cheaper. If your not planning on deep cycling there's no other benefit to it.

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    Thx, Hot Black TA. Since, many times, I go 1-2 weeks without driving it, do you think red top is sufficient? I just have no idea how long it takes for a deep cycle to occur.

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